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Bainimarama assaults fellow MP

August 22, 2019

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Despite a witness and video evidence the police do nothing!

Fiji’s corrupt and lying, murderer, dictator Frank JV Bainimarama proves to the world that there is no rule of law in Fiji. So Beware especially if you are thinking of visiting or investing in Fiji!

Frank Bainimarama also proves that there are clearly two standards in Fiji despite his fancy talk about equal citizenry, human rights and the rule of law. These only exist on paper in Fiji to fool the international communities and its amazing how many fell for the lies.

The two standards in Fiji under Bainimarama’s incompetent and corrupt dictatorship:

  1. ABOVE THE LAW: for the dictator and his corrupt relatives and friends who remain free despite their crimes of treason, murder, rape, corruption, land theft, racism, lies and assault.
  2. WITHIN THE LAW: for everyone else in Fiji who face the full brunt of the law, including trumped up charges and beatings for hurting the childish feelings of the dictators.
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Bainimarama grabs hold of Opposition MP before showing him backwards
Radio New Zealand reported that the Fiji First party had rejected claims by an opposition MP that he was assaulted by the Prime Minister.

He swore at my mother and my father and assaulted me tells National Federation Party President and Member of Parliament Pio Tikoduadua. Pio also claimed that Frank Bainimarama broke his glasses in a scuffle in the parliamentary building.

Remember that this is the same Frank JV Bainimarama that murdered CRW soldiers in 2000 and beat and raped defenceless women at the military camp in 2006, the same day he murdered a baby by intentionally jumping up and down on the back of its pregnant mother who had been forced to lay down on her tummy.

But on its Facebook page, the corrupt Fiji First party stated that the claims were a “blatant lie” Bainimarama also claimed that Pio damaged his won spectacles.

Bainimarama and his corrupt FijiFirst Party Facebook page lied!

The proof is in the video that shows Frank Bainimarama walking up to and assaulting Pio and then Pio’s spectacles falling to the ground.  We have included pictures taken from the video that is doing the rounds on social media.

Click HERE to see video at C4.5 and click HERE to read more from Radio NZ.

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TC Winston in 2016 and in 2018 its TC Josie

April 1, 2018

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What are people really expecting from the corrupt and lying dictator JV Bainimarama and his puppet government in post TC Josie?  His record is clear, lots of fancy words, photos with victims and empty promises!  Don’t believe me? Look at the victims of TC Winston!

Tropical Cyclone Winston caused widespread damage in Fiji on 20-21 February 2016 states Australia’s DFAT website. It was the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, causing 44 deaths and affecting more than sixty per cent of the population of Fiji.  Millions were donated by Australia alone and millions more by other nations and relief agencies.  Over 150 million was cash donations, but today, over two years later many victims still live in tents and their children still school in tents!

Why is this many have asked, especially how the millions were spent to help victims. But no one is allowed to audit the Prime Minister’s cyclone relief fund so the money could have easily gone into his private bank accounts in Fiji and overseas.  Without transparency and a proper audit we will never know the truth. But reality provides an insight into that truth, with people still living and schooling in muddy tents, more than two years after the cyclone. And now another cyclone, Josie, has caused more damage.

So if the FijiFirst government couldn’t help the victims of TC Winston, then what chance have the victims of TC Josie?  Customers of any service provider expect continuous improvement, and government is no exception. But not in Fiji, and not under the corrupt Fiji First government of JV Bainimarama.

Since JV Bainimarama committed treason in 2006 and took power in a coup, he has broken every promise made to the people and to the international community. He lied about his intentions and reasons for the coup, lied about his salary, paid himself over 180,000 in back-pay for annual leave he had already used, promised not to add VAT to basic food items but did so soon after he won his rigged 2014 election. There is much more of his corruption that has put Fiji into its highest ever level of national debt, poverty and cost of living. He also destroyed the Sugar and Fishing industries,! So any decent person with half a brain knows that this is not the actions of a person who cares for Fiji and its people.

So be warned and avoid making any donations to the PM’s relief fund, it’s not going to go to the people you are trying to help. There are many citizens working in groups helping the victims, check with them first.

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The villagers in the district of Noemalu in the upper reaches of Wainimala River, reported the FijiTimes, are asking dictator Voreqe Bainimarama ​WHERE are the 100 horses he had promised them on January 21, 2016, over two years ago!

Being the typical CONMAN, JV Bainimarama, after hearing of their troubles, promised he would provide the village with 100 horses to ease the burden of transporting supplies to and from their Village. The promise was well-received by more than 600 villagers, reported the FijiTimes.

BUT two years later the villagers are still waiting to see the first horse!  Maybe, since its election year, the first horse may magically appear in an effort to gain votes!

69-year-old Aminiasi Rakula, who lives in Nasauvere Village, accessible via a four-hour trek which involves crossing the Wainimala River 32 times, spoke on beahalf of villagers, “We carried dalo and yaqona from the village to the school because the Prime Minister was coming to visit us. We were so happy when he old us that he was going to give us 100 horses to help carry our supplies while we waited for a road to be built. But we are still waiting, we don’t know whether we will be given the horses, or maybe the horses have not been born, or maybe waiting for the horses will be like waiting for the road to reach us”.

JV Bainimarama has made many EMPTY promises since he overthrew the last democratically elected government of Fiji in December 2016. Its all said in an attempt to make himself look and sound intelligent while having no intention of delivering them. This is the act of a conman, a LIAR, JV Bainimarama!

Remember his false promises of holding free and fair elections in 2014? It never happened, it was rigged! And his other promise that no military officer would benefit from his coup, or that he would not stand in the election, more lies!  He promised to reduce corruption yet he has made Fiji more corrupt than ever before!  He promised to reduce nepotism, crime and debt but has taken them to their highest levels than ever before!  Anyone continuing to believe Bainimarama’s lies is either corrupt, stupid or escaped from St.Giles Hospital!

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March 2018

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Prof Wadan Narsey explains in his article “Is FBS losing its independence? (edited version in FT 3/2/2018)” why Neutral national statistics, both economic and social, are absolutely necessary in order for any society to know if the economy and the well-being of the poorest and marginalized are improving.  This statistical data on economic growth and distribution,  including a wide range of other social statistics, can be used to measure, in an evidence-based way, the changes in well-being of all sections of the society.

The Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS), writes Prof Narsey, says explicitly on their website that their purpose is to “deliver relevant, trusted, objective data, statistics and insights”. Their role as Australia’s national statistical agency is, among others, to provide “trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia” and “developing and maintaining community trust”.

But this is  NOT the case in Fiji and NOT under a corrupt and lying dictator like JV Bainimarama, who is running from the law for his crimes of sedition, treason, murder, rape and corruption!

The statistical data, writes Prof Narsey, also enables society to assess government’s performance based on the “evidence” of the data collected.  So it is paramount that the collection of data is carried out by a “neutral” institution, totally independent of all political parties who are in government or the opposition.

So what does it mean when some political parties asked the Fiji’s Bureau of Statistics [FBS] for ethnic break-downs of the 2017 Census, the Government Statistician (Epeli Waqavonovono), “gave what was to me”, continues Pro Narsey, “an alarming answer: We did ask about people’s ethnicity, but the decision to release it has to come from higher authority. Once we are instructed then we will release it.”

This is a clear sign that the FBS is not a “neutral” institution!  Nor is it independent of the corrupt and lying AG-Khaiyum, who is also the self-appointed minister for multiple portfolios that have all failed society since he took over.  But he and his puppet dictator, JV Bainimarama, became multi-millionaires in the process and continue to rob Fiji and slowly steal native lands!!

Sadly, the indigenous Fijians sit silently by, watching their lands being stolen from under their noses, while they “taki” the next round of kava, because they are either too scared or too stupid to do anything about it. As a people they appear clueless on what to do about it, many naively think that their political party will win the next rigged election solely by having the most support and votes! This mentality is how they lost the rigged 2014 elections, with help from the corrupt observers from Australia and New Zealand!  Einstein aptly described this level of intelligence, of doing the same thing over and over again, while hoping for a different result, as the definition of stupid.

Speaking of stupid, JV Bainimarama and his puppet master, in their arrogance and incompetence, have destroyed everything they touched, including the Fiji rugby union, the economy, education, roads, land and health!  They also destroyed the Sugar industry, destroyed the fishing industry and the mahogany industry. Thousands of Fijians [both indigenous and non-indigenous] from across all backgrounds have been affected by their stupidity, with Fiji reaching its highest level of poverty, than ever before!

To make matters worse they added VAT to basic food items after they had promised during the 2014 elections that they would not increase VAT if they won!  They broke that promise too, like all their other promises, and Fiji is experiencing its highest ever cost of living! They have also opened Fiji up to many of Khaiyum’s “kind” and others who support their dictatorship, to keep them in power. In addition, Khaiyum is also implementing his sunset clause to rid Indigenous Fijians of their cultural autonomy and their much sort after lands!

Statistics will provide the evidence and the proof of Bainimarama and Khaiyum’s mismanagement, corruption and lies!  So it’s no wonder that Khaiyum LIED about it in parliament proclaiming that no data had been collected in the 2017 census based on ethnicity. Even though the Government Statistician, Epeli Waqavonovono, had stated earlier that they had collected the data on ethnicity!  This proves that Khaiyum deliberately LIED to parliament and to the people of Fiji.

Meanwhile, JV Bainimarama keeps getting paid his 30 pieces of silver, more like millions of dollars through the highest ever salary paid to a PM in Fiji, plus another $3,000 per day in overseas travel allowances for official visits and while on holiday, this does not include his taxpayer funded expense accounts, credit card, free travel, free house, free cars, free food and free jobs to more of his unqualified and incompetent family and military officers!

JV Bainimarama is the biggest con-artist to the people of Fiji – making false promises and lying to their face, while robbing them and doing and saying everything and anything to hide the truth from them!

Click HERE to read more in Prof Wadan Naresy’s article on “Is FBS losing its independence? (edited version in FT 3/2/2018)”

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Fiji’s megalomaniac, corrupt and natural-born-liar, Sayed-Khaiyum, LIED in parliament when he stated that no data had been collected in the 2017 census based on ethnicity.

According to Fiji TV, however, the Fiji Bureau of Statistics had stated earlier in the year that “data on ethnicity in the 2017 census was collected and was waiting on a directive from a higher [no points for guessing who this is] to release the information”.

​When Fiji One News approached the corrupt Minister for Economy for a comment he replied that the Fiji Bureau of Statistics would release a statement and that he did not wish to comment any further. The two-faced hypocrite, AG-Khaiyum, has been caught out in yet another lie to the people of Fiji!  Click HERE to read more.

We have also reproduced below a facebook post by ‎Aklesh Vince Singh‎ in Fiji Exposed Forum who reveals #CROOK_KHAIYUM_MISLEADS_PARLIAMENT.
“Opposition MP Bulitavu & NFP Leader MP Biman Prasad raise Point of Order against the AG today for misleading Parliament & the Fijian people on the collection of data on ethnicity in 2017 & 2000. AG lied by saying no data was collected on ethnicity in the 2017 census, he further lied that a census was done in 2000; there was none, only in 2007 and the 2007 census confirmed data was collected on ethnicity. The evidence tabled is before the Speaker and she has said that she will make a Ruling by the end of the week.” wrote Aklesh Vince Singh.‎

Unfortunately, most educated people across Fiji and the world already know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Fiji’s Speaker, the FAKE-doctor Jiko Luveni, is nothing more than another puppet of Fiji’s corrupt and lying dictatorship, more specifically the megalomaniac AG, Khaiyum. In his arrogance, Khaiyum was rude to the poor fake doctor and insulted her by calling her a bloody academic! [See copy of transcript of parliamentary debate in the following image].  So with there being no rule of law in Fiji it is more than reasonable to think that this can only mean that the FAKE-doctor Luveni will now wait for Khaiyum to tell her what to officially say and do about the evidence.

What are we really celebrating on FIJI DAY?

October 10, 2017
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Fiji day 10 October 2017, this should be a day of celebration, but what are we actually celebrating?

The coat of arms depicts the dictator with his puppet master, Fiji’s own terrorist bomb-maker and queer Khaiyum who have ruled Fiji for the past 10 years.

Under the Bainimarama dictatorship Fiji has experienced its highest ever levels of National debt and corruption!  There is no rule of law, no independent judiciary, no equal citizenry, no free speech, no free and fair elections, no freedom of association, and no human rights where the military and police attack their own people but the military quickly surrenders when the opposition also has guns!  Some suggest the ransom paid for the poor soldiers was a trick to get money to terrorists.

Fiji’s military commander is also a human rights violator and so is the arsonist police commissioner who burnt Justice Gordon Wards house and beat up citizens on Bainimarama’s orders!   JV Bainimarama committed treason, sedition, murder, rape, corruption and nepotisim and is running from the law!

Many corrupt and far less educated of society, like children, exalt the dictator for the lies and free gifts and goodies they receive and for serving kava at a funeral. The word ‘Free’ has been used loosely by the regime to fool the gullible, and they have. The Free medicine got many excited until they tried to access it. It was only free to a select few. Free bus fare has stopped. Free milk was a great idea but the reality is that it benefits the supplier, a close associate of the corrupt and megalomaniac AG khaiyum. Schools reported receiving no milk or outdated milk. Free school means many students have to buy their own text-books and equipment.

A good number of children still live and school in leaky tents, over a year after TC Winston destroyed their homes and schools. The cash donations of over $150 million given to help them never reached them!  Khaiyums associates benefited from the high price charged for building materials given to the few victims who did benefit.

The Auditor General highlighted unaccounted govt spending totaling well over $200 million. That’s just the nice way of saying stolen!

New fancy looking highways have easily washed away during heavy rains that are common for Fiji. Built, it seems, all for show when the real crime is in the 100’s of millions of dollars allocated to, but do no reach, the project and are not reflected in the quality of work. Where did it go?

Air Pacific, now Fiji Airways, was once owned by the people, their pensions were used to buy new planes. Bainimarama said it was bought and paid for and belonged to the people, but ownership tags in the planes state that the planes belong to Waqavuka Financing Limited who lease the planes to Fiji Airways.  Meanwhile the Fiji pensioners who paid for the planes had their pensions arbitrarily reduced by 50%!  Some living on $25 a month.  Meanwhile Bainimarama’s FNPF exceeds a million dollars in just a few years!  Remember he was almost bankrupt in 2006, living of the military commander’s salary.

Fiji’s dictator JV Bainimarama and his megalomaniac puppet master earn over a million dollars while the minimum hourly wage has been increased by 36 cents, $2.68. Bainimarama also gave himself an extra overseas travel allowance of $3,000 per day, on top of all other costs of accommodation, travel and credit card.  Meanwhile, hospitals are bare of basic essentials, patients must take their own bed sheets, blankets, food, utensils and are told to buy their medicine and bandages because the hospital has none.

Public servants are frustrated with all the lies and inequality in citizenry, some taking their frustrations out through poor services. Remember, that Bainimarama and khaiyum have also appointed their unqualified family and friends to senior government positions, above more qualified and more experienced public servants. All key positions are now held by khaiyum’s kind.

The sugar, mahogany and fishing industries have also collapsed under Bainimarama and Khaiyum’s corruption and incompetence!

In addition, JV Bainimarama and his puppet master, the queer Khaiyum, continue to attack indigenous Fijians. They:
Removed the indigenous Fijian Great Council of Chiefs while the Muslim league continues
Changed the name and race of indigenous Fijians to iTaukei meaning the owners of something, anything
Banned the indigenous Fijian language from being spoken in Fiji’s Parliament
Continue to steal indigenous Fijian lands
Called indigenous Fijians monkeys
are slowly but surely removing indigenous Fijian cultural autonomy.

These are just a few of the many issues facing Fiji. So what exactly are we celebrating on Fiji day?….Its not a free Fiji,  its not our human rights!  Its not our equal citizenry! It’s not even a Fiji governed by the rule of law! Nor is it a democratic Fiji with free speech and freedom of association and freedom of religion!  So what are you celebrating?………..

Source – Truth For Fiji; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

Fiji’s e-ticketing system deemed to fail

October 4, 2017
‘Invalid system error’ when this passenger tried to click on

The Fiji First government’s e-ticketing system for buses launched three days ago and it has been nothing but chaos.

E-ticketing machines where people are supposed to click on before boarding their bus have been broken saying ‘invalid system setting’.

Passengers and children haven’t been picked up by drivers especially along the Suva-Nausori corridor.

Some passengers say they are being wrongly charged and their bus fares have actually gone up.

Yesterday Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum held a press conference to address the public backlash and confirmed 100 complaints had been received by the LTA.

However he said that the complaints were minor, considering the number of e-cards distributed, which is about 600,000.

Pro-government media like the Fiji Sun have called the e-ticketing system a historic moment and the beginning of another milestone.

Is it an increase in bus fares?

According to a Fiji Sun editorial “it will take time for people to adapt to this new change but overall this e-ticketing system  is a step-forward for Fijians one that we will need to get used to and prove to the world that yes, Fiji will move with modern technologies, and time”.

They have conveniently forgotten that Fiji is a third world country, it is not on the same level as most other countries in the world that have e-ticketing in terms of many reasons – population, infrastructure, technology, education and salaries.

If the government wants Fiji to be there at the top of the list with other countries there are a thousand other services to fix before introducing an expensive e-ticketing system that the people of Fiji are not ready for.

Fiji is now so modern with this e-ticketing system yet the country is still experiencing a lack of basic services like water and power cuts, bad roads and a health system to die for – literally.

Source- Coup4.5; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

RABUKA CHALLENGES KHAIYUM – RESPOND TO BUDGET CRITICISM, DON’T HIDE BEHIND SMOKE AND MIRRORS

July 30, 2017

RABUKA CHALLENGES KHAIYUM – RESPOND TO BUDGET CRITICISM, DON’T HIDE BEHIND SMOKE AND MIRRORS

RABUKA ADMITS N.B.F. MISTAKES BUT DEFENDS OUTCOME – QUOTES VETERAN BUSINESS LEADER LIONEL YEE: ‘whatever the pain, in the end the bank was saved, the loss minimised and the saved bank got bigger and better managed.’

RABUKA ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF SWEEPING ITS MISTAKES UNDER THE CARPET – SAYS KHAIYUM HAS BUSIEST SASA-BROOM IN THE COUNTRY

The Leader of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), and former Prime Minister, Sitiveni L Rabuka today blasted the Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum for ‘hiding behind smoke and mirrors’ during the parliamentary budget debate on July 11 when the Minister tried to deflect criticism over the country’s perilous current financial and economic situation by dragging up the 1990s National Bank of Fiji scandal.

‘Khaiyum is hiding behind smoke and mirrors if he thinks raising the NBF issue from twenty years ago will make us forget his broken promises of yesterday, the missing hundreds of millions in taxpayer money today, and the failing fortunes of our economy that will blight all of our tomorrows,’ said Rabuka.
Rabuka said he was the first to admit that the NBF was a disaster and happened on his watch as prime minister. But what stopped it becoming a catastrophe was that he and his government were prepared to admit their mistakes. Rabuka stepped in quickly to take over the bad debts of the bank, swift, painful action which won plaudits even from the World Bank.

‘It gave me no pleasure at the time to do that but my responsibility was to act for the welfare of the country and the financial institutions that provide Fiji’s life-blood,’ said Rabuka.

‘That’s how you earn financial credibility and that is why I know that Khaiyum is presiding over one bad-news chapter after another each time he comes to Parliament to present a budget and opens his mouth.

‘Rather than be big enough to admit his mistakes, as I have done, he digs the country into a hole that gets deeper and deeper with each budget.

‘When was the last time anybody ever heard this government admit a mistake?’

Rabuka said the NBF saga was best understood by taking a longer term perspective. The former PM pointed to the opinions of widely respected business leader Lionel Yee whose executive career spanned Rabuka’s own time as prime minister through to that of the Bainimarama-led Fiji First government, which he served as chairman of the ATH-majority owned Vodafone Fiji Ltd.

Yee wrote to praise Rabuka about his timely intervention in the NBF situation, when borrowing had spiralled out of control, despite Reserve Bank oversight: ‘whatever the pain, in the end the bank was saved, the loss minimised and the saved bank got bigger and better managed, and you should be happy to take the credit because it could have really collapsed with all the mess that would have caused. The bank was saved to become Colonial National Bank and then onto the Bank of South Pacific.’

Yee, who retired in May 2012 after 18 years as Vodafone Fiji Ltd chairman but still serves as head of the company’s charitable foundation, said voters could trust Rabuka because in dealing with the NBF he had ‘displayed mature judgement, and determined leadership, allowing World Bank technicians to do what was necessary without yielding to vested interests.

‘It was a world-class act and described by the World Bank as one of the best seen in the world, all done under Rabuka’s determined leadership,’ said Yee.

Rabuka also replied to the claims of Fiji Sun columnist, Nemani Delaibatiki in his opinion column published on July 22, 2017, which rehashed the claims by Khaiyum.

‘Mr. Delaibatiki has faithfully taken up the NBF issue in the Fiji Sun, which is how the newspaper earns back the exclusive concessions it receives from the Bainimarama Government.

‘To serve the newspaper’s political interests, Delaibatiki’s column deliberately fails to mention the hundreds of millions that have gone missing and are unaccounted for under the Bainimarama government.

‘We are loudly told about the checks and balances this government has introduced, the creation of an anti-corruption body, a media regulatory authority and Commerce Commission with almost limitless powers to prosecute, and the constant surveillance of the police in the tiny detail of daily life like jaywalking.

‘Yet, despite ever more powers being taken by the state to boss us around over all manner of small things, like the annual general meeting of the Fiji Chess Federation, the continuing abuse of public funds is like a runaway train happening right in front of us all.

‘Blatant financial mismanagement totalling hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars has been identified by the Auditor General every year for the last eleven years since the 2006 military coup.

‘The depowering of Parliament and her standing committees and the climate of fear under which the media must now operate, creeping around on tip-toe, has done away with the checks and balances which would have exposed the losses sustained by the Bainimarama government due to their flouting of financial management procedures.
‘There is another reason that using the NBF argument by Khaiyum is proof of him trying to deceive the people of Fiji.

‘The fact is that the NBF crisis developed under the watch of the full constitutional and regulatory authorities that were in place at the time to oversee financial institutions. Not once did I try to micromanage these institutions, which is a hallmark of the Bainimarama administration.

‘When the NBF crisis was brought to my attention as the-then Prime Minister, I responded immediately to minimise any further risk to the financial sector and to the economy as a whole.

‘Delaibatiki and the Fiji Sun would do well to contrast the tough but honest action I took, with this government always sweeping their dead deals and broken promises under the carpet.

‘Khaiyum must have the busiest sasa-broom in the country.

‘Who remembers the proposed One Hundred Sands Casino development and the $100,000 a month in fines they were going to pay if they were late opening? Or the cancellation of the Exim Bank loan from Malaysia because the required transparent procedures were not in place?
‘Another loss is the Waila City Project which gave false hope that affordable housing will be available to all the people of Fiji.

‘There has been no explanation to the people of Fiji about these losses, what caused them and what corrective actions have been taken and what measures have been put in place to prevent recurrence.

‘The truth is that the Minister of Economy has run out of ideas on Fiscal Policy which is why the poor are being particularly punished.

‘Minister Khaiyum estimates that the average inflation rate will be around 3% by year-end, but the current monthly inflation rates suggest otherwise with the CPI inflation index hitting an all-time high of 116.7 Index Points in April this year (equivalent to 6.8%).’

A SODELPA Government will practice sound economic management to free Fiji from the current unsustainable levels of debt, crippling unemployment, the high cost of living and low-wage economy, the uneven distribution of wealth, and the oppressive laws that characterise the Bainimarama Government.

Source – Vote SODELPA FB – Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM.

$300m query

July 27, 2017

$300m query

Tevita Vuibau
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

THE Office of the Auditor-General says payment anomalies in Government expenditure indicates that ineffective controls exist across Government.

In the audit report Whole of Government Financial Statements and Annual Appropriation Statements 2016, the OAG noted there were numerous payment anomalies in Government expenditure amounting to more than $300 million. The OAG said consequently, their audit could not substantiate the accuracy and completeness of Government spending. Government spent $1,756,682,415 in the shortened 2015-2016 budget year.

True to their words to clean up Fiji after the illegal takeover in 2006, the above is another obvious example of their true desires to clean up Fiji’s and the Government, of its Coffers

source- The Fiji Times – posted by W. Varani for SWM

 

 

THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE: Its NOT Sodelpa who have plans to free 2000 coup maker George Speight – it was Bainimarama who was behind COUP

July 16, 2017

Bainimarama and others had planned the coup to take place on 29 May 2000 but CRW carried it out on 19 May; Bainimarama was in the loop
By VICTOR LAL

CAPTAIN Shane Stevens account of reasons behind the mutiny and his views on Bainimaramas conduct in 2000:

When GS (George Speight) and the CRW (Counter Revolutionary Warfare) conducted the coup on 19th May, 2000, the CRW unit was led by Lt Penaia Baleinamau who after a few days and under the direct orders of Cmdr. Voreqe Bainimarama, supplied logistical support for all CRW security operations inside the parliament complex, including those around the detained MPs. For example, daily reports were relayed to CL JB in operations; all hot rations were delivered directly from QEB at meal times into parliament for the CRW and the other FMF soldiers there. Extra arms and ordinances were transported in under Police escort from QEB. All soldiers were transported in on shift rotation and all pays carried on unhindered. Insofar as everyone was concerned, Cmdr. VB and his command were always in daily contact with GS and aware of the situation in the parliament complex. At times, GS was transported to brief Cmdr. VB and officers up at QEB officers mess on the progress and direction of the coup and VB even directed officers to support the coup.

This continued until the events of 29th May, 2000 when without the knowledge of GS, the President, Ratu Mara was forcefully removed by a group of senior ex and serving military personnel, including Cmdr. Bainimarama at Dakuibeqa. Cmdr. Bainimarama then proceeded to abrogate the constitution, pronounce himself head of state and duly appointed Ratu Epeli Nailatikau as his PM. That evening a military delegation of acting CMD CL Tuatoka, Lt Cl Etueni Caucau and led by Cl Filipo Tarakinikini entered the parliament complex to present to GS and his group a kamunaga from Cmdr. VB. They conveyed what he had done at Dakuibeqa and specifically that he was in agreement with the coup objectives of GS and later in the speech requested that GS hand over control of the coup to him (VB). He gave his assurances to GS that the objectives of the coup would be fulfilled and the I taukei will be happy.

GS and his group were shocked at the treachery which took place at Dakuibeqa and immediately rejected the kamunaga with the demand that Cmdr. VB and his PM resign immediately and hand power back to the President RT Mara. The delegation returned to camp to convey the message to VB and his “Think Tank” who were not at all happy.

Voreqe refused to step down and consequently it took 56 days for the GS group to force him to relinquish executive power and agree to the terms of the Muanikau Accord. What followed next was another act of treachery by VB and the rest is now history.

During the 56 day conflict between the GS group and VB, the CRW in parliament were led by Maj Ilisoni Ligairi and supported by Lt Baleinamau based up at the CRW complex in QEB. Lt SS sided with VB against the CRW “GS group” and he was not pleased with Baleinamau’s continued support for the operations in parliament. Upon Lt SS’s insistence, Cmdr VB duly promoted him to Cpt and gave him total command of the CRW complex at QEB. LT Baleinamau was stood down, sent home and placed under surveillance. Then on behalf of Cmdr VB, CPT SS proceeded to capture a cache of CRW arms stored at a secret location at Bilo. This caused a fracture in relationships between the CRW and CPT SS who was now being threatened from within.

Towards the end of the 56 days, Lt SS was directly in control of two caches of CRW arms (those in the CRW complex at QEB and the other in the bush at Bilo). However, the third cache of arms was used in parliament under the control of Maj Ligairi. After the signing of the Muanikau Accord and the release of the detained MP’s, Lt CL FT and CPT SS were also given specific orders by Cmdr VB to enter parliament and oversee the return of these arms to the CRW armoury at QEB as per MAccord. Immediately after that, everyone in parliament then dispersed and returned to their homes however a large group was convinced by the QV Takiveikata, to go to Kalabu and await the “qusi ni loaloa” ceremony. QV kept stalling this event to the suspicion of GS and others at the school.

It would become known at this time that when the arms from parliament had entered the gates at QEB, CL JB intercepted them by force and ordered that they be redirected to the main armoury. Later that day, when the CRW soldiers who were at parliament tried to return to the CRW complex to resume their duties as per MA, they were refused entry into the camp. After numerous attempts by Maj Ligairi and GS to speak to Lt JB and Cmdr VB over the phone, there was no response.

After observing that Cmdr VB was directly violating the MA, CPT SS, who was still in possession of the last cache of arms at a secret location in Bilo, refused to return these arms until he had personal guarantees from Cmdr VB that he would honour the conditions of the MA, where specifically all CRW would return to barracks and resume their duties as per normal. After receiving these assurances from Cmdr VB, CPT SS returned the remaining Bilo arms to QEB which was again forcefully commandeered by CL JB to the main armoury. All these sinister acts were viewed with unease by the GS group and MAJ Ligairi with those CRW at Kalabu and served to be an ominous sign of treachery against the MA.

The following day, 13 July, 2000 and after accounting for all of the arms from Bilo, the military proceeded with the arrest of the GS group including the armed raid on the Kalabu district school where Maj Ligairi and other CRW soldiers were arrested, badly assaulted and detained at Nukulau, QEB and the Nabua /CPS police stations. CPT SS viewed this act by Cmdr VB as the ultimate treachery against him but was still in two minds after it was announced that GS group had violated the MA with the revelation of missing arms. However, Maj Ligairi and his group disputed this because they were adamant that with the help and verification of CPT SS and Lt CL FT, all arms from parliament were returned and others (personal arms) were accounted for. The CRW parliament group had kept an immaculate and highly accurate record of all arms used within the complex during the 56 days including their return to QEB.

To validate the “missing arms” claims of Cmdr VB, CPT SS set about with the collaboration of Sgt Morris, the chief armourer at the time to inspect and record the details of all the ‘CRW parliament arms” in the main armoury. He discovered that the chief armourer was well aware that the “missing arms” claims were lies and that all arms were indeed returned and even accounted for. He would later learn from casual remarks by Cmdr VB and senior officers like CL JB that it was a fabricated story for the purpose of dishonouring the Muanikau Accord and they had already set in place a plan to arrest GS and all those in his group once all the arms were returned and accounted for. This was the final act of treachery and was the catalyst for the Nov 1 mutiny.

I have in my possession, the signed and original Chief Armourers report on the audit of all weapons that were returned from the parliament complex at the time. The report concludes that all weapons had been returned and others accounted for and that the so called, “13 missing weapons” were old SLR’s that were never in parliament at any time but kept in the main armoury.

CAPT SS’s account as to the real reason of the mutiny was not to kill Bainimarama but to replace him as he was seen as unfit for duty. At no time during the court martial was CAPT SS allowed to divulge the above information because of how the evidence was presented before the court.

The above statement is a true account by CPT SS and it highlights the fact that Cmdr VB has a history of carrying out treacherous acts so that he can progress his own personal interests and agenda for power. He has no qualms about deceiving people and even those who assume that they are close to him because of their long standing social and working relationships.

This article was published in response to a statement made by Bainimarama on Saturday 15/07/2017 titled ‘We must never forget our soldiers that died in the 2006 coup’.

Source – Victor Lal, Fijileaks; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM