Isn’t this Agscam all over again?

October 23, 2014

The Auditor General’s report on the Provincial Development ministry’s accounts reveal their records are a complete black hole. The Auditor General could not confirm how much money was received and how much was spent. Included in the list of failures is this: “Kasabia’s Ltd and R.C Manubhai were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for supply of building materials which were not fully delivered to recipients.” Doesn’t this sound just like the Agscam that Bainimarama went on and on about?

 

 

So where is the clean-up coup?

October 23, 2014

There is no other form of Government spending that has been subject to more accusations of corruption than hurricane relief spending. Under Ratu Mara there were always accusations that Lau got more than its fair share. Now we learn that the Auditor-General has found that the Minister of Rural and Maritime Developments “didn’t reconcile the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Trust Fund receipt and expenditure in the FMS general ledger as no expenditure was maintained” – NO expenditure ledger was maintained??  Was the money handed out of a big sack carried around by Rokoura and Naliva?

Explaining this is going to be very interesting.

Fiji Times October 22, 2014 No spending ledger maintained

Ten years in prison means a serious offence

October 23, 2014

Fiji Live reports that an apparent breach of the 48-hour election blanket coverage ban on political advertising by a “local media station” has not been investigated. Police say they have not received any report about an alleged Electoral Decree breach and their spokesperson Ana Naisoro said talk to (FICAC). Fiji Live don’t even dare say that it was the Radio Fiji website run by Khaiyum’s brother that made the breach. They just refer to a local media organisation. Thanks to his brother, the breach carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison or a fine of $50,000. That’s a serious offence which cannot be swept under the mat.

Fijilive October 22, 2014 No report on media election breach: Police

Auditor General socks it to the military

October 23, 2014

The Auditor General’s report that the RFMF overspent by $45.5 m in 2007 is no surprise but his statement that “Excessive over-expenditures are a clear indication of mismanagement of public funds and ignorance of standing financial instructions” is a bold statement. This is strong stuff from the Auditor General.

Fiji Times 22 October 2014 Military overspends

 

Tupou calls out the joke Ashwin Raj and MIDA

October 22, 2014

President of the National Federation Party, Tupou Draunidalo, has nailed Ashwin Raj for his silence over the blatant breach of the Electoral Decree by the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation. FBC aired an advertisement for FijiFirst the day before the election when there was supposed to be a media blackout. We all remember the way he attacked Fiji TV for airing the so-called hate speech by Ratu Timoci Vesikula. Whatever happened about that? Was Ratu Timoci charged? And for that matter what penalties were imposed on FijiFirst for their breach? As for Ashwin Raj, if he had any credibility to lose this might be an issue, but he hasn’t a shred.

Radio New Zealand 20 October 2014 Fiji MP warns MIDA credibility at stake

Our award-winning Police

October 22, 2014

Did someone say that Fiji Police Force was one of the winners of the PM’s service excellence awards, which provoked an outpouring of rage on another blogsite. So what are the facts if we look at crime statistics? All of the offences of house breaking and burglary have been rearranged through definition changes, so it’s hard to make comparisons, but some of the basics of crime are very easy to see. Theft went from 3492 cases a year in 2006 to 7321 in 2012. Most shocking of all are the increases in rape – 162 to 448. Another category called “other offences against public morality” went from 349 in 2006 to 2153 in 2012. Who knows wat that is, but it doesn’t sound good. Crime is still a problem, despite the promise to crack down in the years after the coup in 2006 and all the human righs abuses that followed. Since that failed, let’s hope Bainimarama and Khaiyum are willing to let the professional policeman now in charge in the FPF try professional policing instead thuggery.

The tragedy of suicide in Fiji

October 22, 2014

The news that Western Division has the highest suicide rate in country, totalling about 170 cases since last year, is shocking but no surprise. Suicide is a problem through-out Fiji and has been for a long time. It’s well known that Indo-Fijian families are over-represented, but if no separate statistics are kept we may never know the truth. It’s also well known that young women are over-represented, and at least statistics are likely to be kept to confirm this and better understand the causes.

Fiji Times October 21, 2014 Suicide Statistics

Rosie should worry about her own job

October 22, 2014

Our new Minster for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar thinks Biman won’t be able to do his job because he thinks mistakenly poverty is a problem in Fiji. She ought to worry about what she’s going to do and forget about nitpicking things Biman is reported to have said. She got off to bad start saying she’d have to miss Parliament to go and listen to people, even though she’d just finished 6 weeks of campaigning. How long before Frank starts to regret appointing her?

Fijilive October 21, 2014 Akbar wonders whether Biman can do his job.

Selective facts on investment

October 21, 2014

Shaheen Ali, head of Ministry of Trade, is boasting that last year total investment was 29 per cent of GDP last year and that’s fantastic, but half of it is borrowing that will have to be paid back with interest. That’s not so fantastic.

Fiji Times October 18, 2014 Investments reflect positive growth

Walking a tight rope without a safety net

October 21, 2014

It looks a bit like the DPP and the Police Commissioner are playing tennis with the Bilitaki case. The Commissioner sends the file to the DPP and then the DPP sends it back to the Commissioner with questions. Commissioner then sends it to Internal Affairs. Some may see this as playing games, but it does look like there’s a different sort of game being played now. Immunity has run out. Everyone has to obey the law now. And that means Bainimarama too. No more ordering military strong arm stuff.

Fijilive October 20, 2014:

Bilitaki case for DPP submission
Internal Affairs look into Soko case


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