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Common Interests

April 14, 2009

Bloggers, we want to revisit our archieves and repost some old articles sent by President Tui Savu and others to the local dallies when media freedom still existed in Fiji before the illegal abrogation of the 1997 Constitution by Iloilo. Although some of the facts have since changed, the principle of ‘common interests’ remain applicable to todays political chaos in Fiji. As the saying goes, ‘in politics, there are no permanent friends,only permanent interests’ and when their interests are no longer common, they become sworn enemies.


Those who have become cannon fodder recently are: illegal GJ Gates; FHRC Shyista Shameem and many of the Australian and New Zealand Judges, Lawyers and advisors who have no choice but to depart Fiji for fear of being persecuted for treason. Also some tabetabe Fijians as well. Let’s see who is going to be next???


Let’s us compile our Shame List of names of coup supporters to assist our Chief Strategist in his compliation under the heading ‘Coup Supporters’ on our website. You can email him new information about those already on the list together with new names and pictures as well on


SWM Management Board.


Chaudary’s statement in the North that General Elections should only happen after the formulation of the People’s Charter clearly shows his fear of facing the wrath of the voters.


His claim that the Charter will eradicate all of Fiji’s fundamental problems first before going to the polls is simply ludicrous.


Chaudary did win the 1999 General Elections under the current Constitution and at no time did he complain or sought to put in place a Charter to eradicate all of Fiji’s fundamental problems.


This claim has only come about now as he tries to buy himself and his FLP time and immunity before a lawful Government is elected to power.


Chaudary has become too powerful and is boldly making statements wholly contrary to what Minister Nailatikau had assured the Foreign Minister’s in New Zealand, that Fiji would go to the polls next year.


What Chaudary does not realise is that he is becoming a liability to the interim regime. His assurances to Bainimarama that he would be able to revive the economy, secure the release of sugar grants from the EU, obtain loans from India and get back Fiji to democratic elections with legal immunity and with the full backing of the FLP has come to naught.


Some of his own senior supporters have resigned from the FLP and a few of his fellow interim Cabinet Ministers now realise their self-interests are being jeopardized with his continual arrogant and confrontational ways.


This coup brought together individuals and groups through a common interest and not friendship.


Each individual, such as Bainimarama, Minister Nailatikau, Minister Ganilau, Minister Chaudary, Justice Gates, Justice Shameem, Commissioner Shameem, etc, all had their individual selfish interests, which could not be realised with the Qarase Government in place.


Once PM Qarase and his government were removed, all other interests came on board because the coup created the opportunity to realise their own selfish interests.


The next perceived obstacle was CJ Fatiaki, so he was removed on some flimsy grounds, which took nearly 12 months to establish a Tribunal and to date, still no decision.


The problem with these kinds of liaisons is that they are based on ‘common interests’ and ‘common interests’ change, as the political and social situation changes.


The main perpetrators who instigated the coup in the first place are still in Cabinet and have seen the writing on the wall and these are dangerous times because the rest of the individuals and groups with ‘common interests’ easily become cannon fodder.


The Military has guns and it must be daunting for the other individuals and groups to know, that they are so vulnerable, that if the main players become desperate, they are in the firing line.


It would not be surprising for some individuals and groups to be secretly evaluating their ‘exit strategies’ because, what they hoped for or promised have disappeared before their very eyes.


What are they then to do?




Tui Savu.


Townsville QLD.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim permalink
    April 14, 2009 12:43 PM

    Well first up, and I have NO idea why RFN is reporting it as though they are at all surprised, and that it is some sort of revelation:

    Here’s me, some little old, nearing geriatric (not quite yet) parked up in a NZ burb that seems to have a better handle on the workings of the Shaista, not to mention her little protoge Bubba; da sis – da wonderful Nazinazi; and others with noble intention but also with completely out-of-touch-with-reality minds (perhaps because of their ‘neo-colonial’ upbringings) like Scutt et al., …..than does RFN who’s IN Fiji!.
    I mean that’s like Palmerston fucking North, Hamilton or Christchurch (where the irriot former SolGen hails from, and who’s ass isn’t safe even after he scurries home).!
    Why is it so fucking hard to see the bleeding obvious FFS! Especially when RFN proably has the benefit of the cocunut wireless whereas I’m reliant on bloody technology!
    The legal fraternity may have some sort of brutha and sista ‘hood’ going on in the background , but as a relative of one of its ilk – I sure as hell don’t have and nor would I be under any legal or moral obligation – that’d be like the Freemason’s wouldm’t it?
    Pryde? fuck what a pathetic grey-away little specimen – I suspect we’ll be graced with your presence very soon – I’ll look for a greying short-assed little ginga with a tale protruding betwen a couple of stumpy legs at Christchurch airport – probably howling his eyes out! Still since he once used the same haunts a bro-in-law (law being the keyword) does, there’ll no doubt be an opportnity to at least poke the pathetic little specimen’s eys out before too long.

    And if it ain’t the legal fraternity (or sistahood), then maybe its the academic one. Same shit, different stink. No obligation to them either.

  2. Ropate permalink
    April 14, 2009 12:58 PM

    History shows that civilians who collaborate with military governments soon become the losers. Fiji will be no exception.

  3. Tim permalink
    April 14, 2009 1:02 PM

    Absolutely Ropate – which is ONLY ONE reason why the Military has no business in government.

  4. April 14, 2009 1:17 PM

    Fully concur Tim & Ropate!

    Na boci ga, na boci!

  5. Henry Whiteside permalink
    April 14, 2009 2:23 PM

    Have been reading your comments and nothing has changed. Are you people going to keep doing the same thing you have been doing the last 2 years. “Talk, Talk and No Action for the next 5 years!”

    First thing you must do is UNITE! With this website you can relay to the rest of world what exactly is happening in Fiji! You can become Fiji’s “Fiji Times Online.

    This is your opportunity – make bloody use of it as it is your chance handed to you on a silver platter.

    Why are there 2 Solivakasama and so many other blogs?

    United you are a much stronger force!

  6. FreeFIJI permalink
    April 14, 2009 4:01 PM

    On our website PRESS RELEASE page is an article from Mr Baledrokadroka’sarticle as it appears on the Sydney Morning Herald today.

    Jone Baledrokadroka was Bainimarama’s Land Forces Commander until he challenged the attacks on Fiji’s elected government. He was arrested after the coup for allegedly being involved in a plot to assassinate the commander. He served 40 days’ jail until Fiji’s courts found him not guilty. He is now a visiting research fellow at the Australian National University.

  7. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    April 15, 2009 8:22 AM

    Yeah so true @ HW

    Ki la ga ko ira na noda

    It is alright to start something

    You know what I mean ?
    That has been and continues to be the mentality holding back our people …
    Always bashful at a show of doing extremely well

  8. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    April 15, 2009 9:59 AM

    But we can change that. We can. Yes we can !

    Fiji Law Society have taken to the streets in a peaceful demonstration in Lautoka.

    Something tells me this is the beginning of several similar events to come

    So yes we can!

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