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Ructions already with albatross MPs slapped down

October 19, 2014

Ructions within the ranks already with reports Frank Bainimarama is unhappy with Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum’s ministerial appointments and ministers already talking about a major reshuffle because some of their appointed colleagues are not even capable of public speaking.

He’s been warned not to make any announcements without consulting Khaiyum and told there will be no elections in towns or cities. Parveen Bala, whose is due to answer to the charge of death by dangerous driving, is proving to be the predicted albatross for Fiji First and has been growled at for announcing municipal elections just after being sworn in.

Womens Minister Rosy Akbar has also been told off for saying women are lazy and need to work hard to get out of poverty.
Veena Bhatnagar, the assistant minister of health, has been dubbed ‘the biggest joke of the Health Ministry’ after Neil Sharma was sidelined because of corruption allegations.

The budget is expected to be announced in the last week of November – and will be the first test for the Opposition parties: while they can’t bring a vote of no confidence against Fiji First, if 9 Fiji First MPs join the 88 opposition MPs in voting against the budget, the president will have to dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections.

A restructure has meanwhile been announced for the fuel industry to allow fuel to be bought directly.

Who is likely to benefit? Tappoos, who run the mobile service stations, of course!

The bigger question is: can they survive and their companies and branches in Fiji survive against oil giants BP, Mobil, Shell in the global market?

According to a preliminary analysis, almost 7000 will be out of jobs should this happen.

Another bigger reform is tipped for the civil service as Fiji First seeks to reduce civil servants by 6000 by 2016 leaving 40,000 lives affected.

Editor’s Note: Wadan Narsey’s take on a New Catastrophic Risk to Fijian sovereignty

He points out that Fiji First Party is a dictatorship of two without any internal democracy, so FFP Cabinet Ministers and backbenchers will follow orders blindly, even if questionable on professional and ethical grounds. Professor Wadan Narsey argues that if everyone in Fiji follows the Adam Smith economic model of looking after their own selfish interests, then the political result may be a loss of Fijian sovereignty.

Civil servants have also been totally intimidated and follow orders blindly.

The evidence is the circumvention of all our environmental laws, without accountability. New foreign investors will be even more powerful and possibly totally control a government, with all being made by Bainimarama and Khaiyum, not other FFP Ministers.

Parliament is likely to be totally ineffective as the rules have already been set.  Civil society organisations are powerless to protest, professional organisations of accountants and lawyers have capitulated to the Bainimarama Regime without a fight.

The few brave ones in SODELPA have not received the public support they need from Fijian intellectuals.  “Business as usual” will see a possibly irreversible erosion of Fijian sovereignty. There is a critical need for intellectual Fijian bati.”


source – c4.5; posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

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