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Search on for a ‘transparent’ police commissioner

October 5, 2013

Wanted: A strategic thinker who can save the Fiji police’s battered reputation.

Rally against regime Constitution:  A no-no in Fiji’s police state.

Tall order? Probably. There’s not a lot of good candidates locally and would they bring in an outsider? Probably not.

One thing is clear – the current police commissioner, Ioane Naivalurua, has been given the big shove since his contract expired last month.

The ads have gone out for a replacement and ‘applicants must demonstrate the ability to think strategically and must be conscious of the Fiji Police Force’s role perceived publicly and must be willing to work towards ensuring that the force is recognised as an accountable, transparent and a non-corrupt organisation.’

It would also be an advantage for hopeful candidates to have a degree in a relevant field or higher qualifications. Would it make a difference? In any event, it will come down to who the illegal leader Frank Bainimarama picks.

C4.5 has been given several names as possible successors

Freedom of speech: A no-no in Fiji police state.

and one of them is the former military chief of staff, Mohammed Aziz, but critics say he’s poison.

Bloggers will recall Aziz was part of an aborted attempt to turn on Bainimarama and that he dobbed in Pita Driti and Roko Ului Mara when others got whiff of it.

And while Driti and Mara were charged with sedition (Mara absconded to Tonga to avoid the charges but Driti’s case is due to be heard in court next month), Aziz cried down the telephone line to Bainimarama from CID HQ for forgiveness – and got it thanks to the support of Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.

Aziz: cried down phone

He still has a treason file and there is

Driti: Case coming up.

speculation, that appointing him will upset the current balance of power between Bainimarama and Khaiyum.

Also hanging in the balance is the autonomy of the country’s television stations, after a decision by Khaiyum to remove exclusive rights for national events and sporting events.

Khaiyum has deemed FBC, FijiTV and MaiTV will share major news events, decided by him and Sports Ministers Viliame Naupoto.

He says laws are being drafted to make this happen as a result of ‘a listenership and viewership survey by the Communications Department.’

According to Khaiyum once the policy is in place, the stations will lso have to share the bidding cost “according to the percentage of viewership confirmed by the survey.”

Editor’s Note: About 50 people attended the rally outside the Fiji Embassy in Canberra last Friday where an attempt was made to burn the regime’s Constitution. FDFM members ripped up copies and later burnt the covers at the home of executive member, Suliasi Daunitutu.

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


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