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Disquiet again at barracks: will it flare to something more?

August 4, 2015

Is there truth to talk the military is moving against Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum?

It’s by no means the first time the army has been disgruntled and resentful about the unfettered power of Khaiyum.

Senior officers Roko Ului Mara and Pita Diti tried to rein in Khaiyum but Bainimarama threw his key supporters to the wolves in favour of Khaiyum because he could produce illegal regulations to control citizens, laws that allowed him to hang on to the power he had seized by coup.

Who can forget the fallout between the Military Council and Bainimarama over Khaiyum in 2011?  Mara made a dramatic escape to Tonga and Driti was sentenced to five years imprisonment.

It looks like Groundhog Day with the RFMF again exhorting Bainimarama to listen to them, his loyal followers, instead of putting Khaiyum ahead of them as he has done.

Khaiyum is certainly under fire but whether the QEB restlessness flares into anything bigger remains to be seen.

There was no sign of movement inside and outside of his Vunakece road home in Namadi Heights today; there has also been unconfirmed reports that he was taken to QEB – who by and what for remains unclear.

Another unconfirmed report suggests military were in pursuit of his vehicle earlier today.

Bainimarama has managed to quell army dissent previously by bribing them with hefty pay increases and having the likes of Mosese Tikoitoga to run things, but Tikoitoga’s sudden departure may have sparked another attempt to bring   Khaiyum down.

The illegal appointment of Naupoto Viliame as Tikoitoga’s replacement, as we revealed yesterday, may have tipped things.

The Fiji sun has reported there was a meeting today between Bainimarama and senior officers and it was attended by Fiji First MPS who were officers before. Tikoitoga was not in that meeting.

The convenient alliance between Bainimarama, Khaiyum and cohorts Nazhat Shameem should have been derailed a long time ago.

If that opportunity has surfaced again, the reasons why have long been documented on the pages of this blog.

Important questions: Khaiyum is obviously under the pump but how far will it go? Who is in control at QEB – Tikoitoga or Naupoto? And why hasn’t Bainimarama interfered? Is Bainimarama prepared to sacrifice his Number Two and partner in crime to save himself?

source c4.5; posted by r varani for swm
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