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Copy of Tui Savu’s letter to Australian PM Kevin Rudd and South Pacific Island Leaders sent today

November 5, 2009



Dear Prime Minister Hon. Kevin Rudd MP,

As President of the Solivakamasa Worldwide Movement, I wish to raise my grave concerns of the perpetuating of the coup culture in Fiji with disastrous implications for the Pacific Island Region. Solivakasama is one of Fiji’s most popular freedom blog sites, which opposes the illegal junta in Fiji with close to 2 million hits since its launch some 12 months ago.

I have been a constant critic against the Military Dictator Commodore Frank Bainimarama prior to his December 2006 coup up to the current time.

The deportations of the Australian High Commissioner and the New Zealand High Commissioner from Fiji 2 days ago and the torture and unlawful treatment of Prof. Brij Lal an Australian citizen, reveals the total dominance and intimidation Frank Bainimarama has over the helpless victims of Fiji.

Frank’s illegal regime continues to thrive because of unscrupulous and opportunistic individuals mainly from both Australia and New Zealand, whom have accepted very strategic and lucrative positions in government and whom have directly contributed to the furtherance of the illegal regime’s rule in Fiji.

I specifically refer to illegal Chief Justice Anthony Gates, an Australian citizen who accepted his unlawful appointment after Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki was removed in early 2007. He was reappointed as the illegal Chief Justice after the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution, which he defiantly upheld in 2001, when Frank Bainimarama tried to abrogate it through his Chandrika Prasad ruling. He is seen by many as the catalyst for this diplomatic row between Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and is a staunch Frank Bainimarama supporter.

I also mention, John Connors, an Australian national who accepted his unlawful appointment as Commissioner into the Commission of Inquiry in the Magistrate’s Court by the then incompetent and illegal President Josefa Iloilo in September 2007, then after the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution in April 2009, accepts his recent appointment as Commissioner of the Legal Services Commission in September 2009 from the illegal regime.

I also mention Christopher Pryde, a New Zealand national, who initially came to Fiji and take up appointment with the illegal regime as a government lawyer, then was promoted to Solicitor General in July 2007, then reappointed as Solicitor General after the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution in April 2009 and most recently taken on the added portfolio of Permanent Secretary of Justice, Electoral Reform and Anti-Corruption.

I mentioned in my previous letter to you that the only way the coup culture can be permanently eradicated in Fiji and the Pacific is for Australia, New Zealand and all Pacific Island Forum Members to enact domestic laws and signing an MOU making it illegal for any of their citizens to assist, consult, take up appointments, take up employment, etc with any illegal regime within its members or anywhere in the world.

The constant political upheavals in Papua New Guinea, recent ethnic tensions in the Solomon Islands and riots in the Kingdom of Tonga serves as a warning and reminder of the tender fabric of democratic principles and institutions, still taking root in the South Pacific Region and will need patience, assistance, co-operation and understanding to nurture it to become strong and self sustaining nations. 

This I believe is in line with the Biketawa Declaration as Fiji is a failing State and it is certainly in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Forum Member’s national interests to permanently eradicate the coup culture because to ignore, condone or acquiesce the coup culture will be disastrous and detrimental in the long run because it will only attract unwanted influences, organised crime, etc into the Region, which will be more expensive and very difficult to curtail in the future.

I commend you and your government’s strong stance against Military Dictator Frank Bainimarama and his illegal regime, but now urge you to enact domestic laws making it illegal for any Australian citizen to assist, take up appointments, take up employments, etc with any illegal regime and if found guilty, to face penalties such as confiscation of proceeds of crime, etc.

I also ask that you urge the Leaders of New Zealand and South Pacific Island Forum to adopt the same and enact their own domestic laws in accordance with the spirit of the Biketawa Declaration.

I look forward to seeing the adoption of this domestic law in Australia in due course.

  • Tui Savu.
  • President.
  • Solivakasama Worldwide Movement.
13 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2009 7:43 PM

    An excellent article. It is the Biketawa Declaration that should provide the basis for further action against the illegal regime. This approach would be seen as a legitimate regional response to the issue, rather than be seen as coming from only Australia and New Zealand.

  2. ex Fiji tourist permalink
    November 5, 2009 9:11 PM

    Excellent letter Tui.

    I wish to thank Brij Lal for his calm but measured response to the Australian media today. I wonder if he told the whole story about his abuse by the moronic military seeing that he still has his wife and friends in Fiji.

    However the message is on the news tonight that Australian citizens have been abused by green goons in Fiji.

    Anyone silly enough to think about going there because of cheap rates will now think again.

    bananasinpyjamas should be congratulated for taking the Fijian tourist industry 29 steps backwards.


  3. Nostradamus permalink
    November 6, 2009 12:29 AM

    I would like to add my congratulations for an excellent letter.
    Keep up the pressure and hopefully as VB continues to thumb his nose at Fiji’s neighbors as well as Fiji’s People, Australia, New Zealand, and others will take action against their own citizens who are contributing to treason in Fiji.

  4. Rosalind Pratt permalink
    November 6, 2009 1:28 AM

    Great letter Tui and thanks for keeping up the pressure.

    Na vakatatalo caka tiko mai Viti especially at the White House on the hill. How can anyone take the swearing in of Fiji’s first illegal President seriously? I laughed when I heard what Nailatikau said: “lets pray for everyone to love each other.” It was more like “lets pray for everyone to accept and love me, my wife, my regime and all my adoring fans who think that I am a hero.”

  5. Nacanieli Rogoimuri permalink
    November 6, 2009 6:17 AM

    Vinaka vakalevu Tui,

    I am now beginning to think more of the military intervention as a solution to what is happening in Fiji. Bai and his advisors will only listen when a force bigger than what they have comes down on them. All traditional, political, religious and legal avenues have been used to end this nightmare but they are pretty comfortable with where they are and will not listen to anyone.

    If we allow them to continue till 2014, the biggest loser in all this is the Fijian Race. We have seen how they have systematically dismantled all the institutions dear to us for equality sake and removal of racism. The biggest racism I see is their non recognition of us as the indigenous race which deserve special recognition.

    We should just look at what’s happening in FHL, NLTB, GCC and imagine in 5 years what great damage will be done. We should not allow them the full term they are demanding.

    So may be, you could include the military option in your next letter.

  6. ofa permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:02 AM

    Excellent letter Mr. President, but you forget to mention Peter Foster, the undercover spy from Oz that helped to uncover the widespread corruption in the SDL government…..

  7. November 6, 2009 10:40 AM

    Vinaka Tui,

    it is ironic that we have illegal gates trying to say the Judiciary and the illegal junta are seperate entities and they should not have travel bans imposed on them, whilst it is okay for travel bans to be placed on the illegal junta, however it was the Judiciary, (gates) who briefed Frank and recommended the explusion of the Diplomats!

    Remember, it was gates and shamem who leveled allegations against Sir Timoci Tuivaga for advising Ratu Mara during the Speight coup, yet they did or are still the doing the same thing, but worse today!

    Sa dina sara the saying: ‘what goes around, comes around!’

    Na boci ga, na boci!

  8. Green Army permalink
    November 6, 2009 11:02 AM


    you father Vore has been in charge now for 3 years and has still not come up with any corruption. Maybe the only corruption is the one omitting from your sona when you open it like just now.

  9. November 6, 2009 11:10 AM

    Well without the superlatives used by Green Army, what ‘widespread corruption in the SDL government’ are you referring to Ofa?

  10. Reg permalink
    November 6, 2009 11:11 AM

    Vinaka Vaka Levu Tui

    A well stated case.. however, I disagree one of your main arguements…

    he only way the coup culture can be permanently eradicated in Fiji and the Pacific is for Australia, New Zealand and all Pacific Island Forum Members to enact domestic laws and signing an MOU …

    I believe, that there is only one way to do this… Challenge the immunity given to SR and the FMF after the 1987 coup., bring back the death penalty for treason…

    As I said earlier, the Nuremberg defence is that there is no defence… so start by prosecuting JB.

    Throw out that amnesty and we are back to the independence constitution.

    Take SR into Korovou along with those senior officers that were his major supporters at the time .. try them jail them and hang SR and maybe one or 2 more.

    While they are at it… stretch Georges neck too instead of wasting money on keeping him in Gaol, possibly Iliesa Duvuloco and Metuisela Mua could go too….

    You will also sweep up almost all of the current leadership of the FMF in the same action…

    As long as people know that they can get away with it they will keep on doing it, especially now, we have high and middle ranking officers in the RFMF who are the most experienced in the world in overthrowing governments (except maybe for the Thai army). They could do it in their sleep almost. No elected government in Fiji will ever be safe with the RFMF there or without a real deterrent… no amnesty and death penalty

  11. Peace Pipe permalink
    November 6, 2009 11:27 AM

    These opportunists of judges know full well of the implications of their taking up appointments in this illegal regime which include travel bans. If they cannot foresee this then all I can say is they are plain dumb and stupid and puts to question how they got to where they are. In any case the judges are themselves involved with an illegal regime so that makes them part and parcel of that regime and therefore are as illlegal as their employer.

    Tui, I think this is more procative and effective way of getting things done. You as our pres speak on our behalf in a united voice via SWM to advise governments and international orgs of Fiji’s dire situations brought about by none other than these megalomaniacs from the military barracks and their supporting opportunists including gates and co.

  12. ofa permalink
    November 6, 2009 11:40 AM

    Sorry guys, my statement above was a joke.

  13. November 6, 2009 2:12 PM

    Vina du Ofa and have a nice weekend.

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