Bainimarama has called his rival political parties “old” but the fact is they are well established and building more support every day now that they have been allowed to operate again. His claim that he will have a party “soon” reveals his weakness. Where is his list of party members? Who are his “office-holders”? Where are all the details they have to provide of their assets? We are waiting.
Khaiyum’s plan to release his own version of standing orders for the new parliament shows what a power-crazed ego-maniac he is. The old Parliament had a set of standing orders put together over many years, but this means nothing to our constitution-giver. He thinks nothing that has not been created by him personally has any value. He can’t leave it up to the new parliament to decide on its own rules, and this is the same reason why he hates democracy. This is the fatal flaw of this regime when it tries to persuade voters to support it. It’s time to persuade, not dictate.
Bainimarama has claimed that Ro Teimumu, the new unambiguously elected leader of SODELPA, is trying to create fear among Fijians. What this proves is that she has created fear in the heart of Bainimarama. For seven years he has had it all his way. He has controlled all the information that we see in newspapers and hear on the radio. Now he has to witness other leaders speaking out and all he can say is that she is an old politician. He likes to talk about “delivery of government services”, reminding everyone that they get nothing without bowing down before him, but he now has to answer questions about all the actions of his unelected government.
All that braid, all those medals and degrees, service in the Middle East and complete subservience to Frank, but he didn’t get the job. Frank’s Race Free Fiji stops at the gates of QEB. Tikoitoga went from number Three to Number One. No-one needs to ask why.
Ministry of Information posted this wonderful piece of propaganda – “News just in: The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has stopped in Navua which experienced flooding today. The Prime Minister is now helping health officials in providing medical assistance at the Navua Hospital. The Head of Government was returning from the Western Division and is being briefed on the current situation in Navua.” WTF??? The Prime Minister is now helping health officials in providing medical assistance at the Navua Hospital??? So what is he doing? Giving injections? Let’s hope he sticks to something he’s qualified to do, like changing bed-pans.
Frank is boasting that water is now a “right” under his constitution but we can all see that a right doesn’t put water in the taps. When he seized power seven years ago he promised to put an end to water stoppages but water supply is worse than ever. Under Khaiyum’s control WAF put more effort into chasing people who it claimed owes them money than it did into maintaining pipes and pumps. We were told the Waila/Tamavua problems were all solved years ago, but it’s obvious this was a lie.
A loan from EXIM Banks of India to ‘fix’ FSC mills left them in a mess they’re still recovering from, so who would believe that the regime would go back to EXIM Bank of India again to borrow for a co-generation power project. Co-generation is a good idea, but why not borrow the money from the Asian Development Bank and have an open tender to get the best equipment possible? Is the regime afraid to let the ADB have a look at the books of FSC?
One of Khaiyum’s biggest boasts was the micro-finance programme to help small savers and borrowers, so he’s mightily embarrassed to reveal that $710,000 is missing from 9200 micro-finance savers accounts in four sectors around Fiji. The man who thinks he can do no wrong has declared that the problem was caused by the fact that “there was no proper governance as such”. So whose fault is this? Who has been running every detail of the Government for the past seven years?
In his meeting with the Australian Foreign Minister Khaiyum tried to winge about tax problems, leaving Mrs Bishop wondering what’s going on. If there really has been a tax problem facing investment from Australia why didn’t Khaiyum make sure there was a High Commissioner in Suva he could discuss the problem with or a High Commissioner in Canbera who could talk to all the Australian officials. Does he really believe that taxation arrangments are what’s holding investment back? Everybody else knows the problem is an unelected Government which thinks it has a mandate to do what it likes. Khaiyum’s decrees are the problem. For seven years he’s been making them, changing the rules for business, as for everybody else, without even the courtesy of consultation.
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Our Pressie had to go and face President Anote Tong of Kiribati and admit that he’s a toothless old tiger.The embarassment seems to be showing on his face. The elected government of Kiribati has been unable to have their Chief Justice travel to Kiribati because the unelected government of Fiji won’t allow him to transit Fiji. Khaiyum has been kicking up a fuss about not being allowed transit through Australia but he can’t see how inconsistent it is to deny another sovereign government the same privilege, even though Kiribati has no other reasonable alternative. To smooth over things it seems the President has offered migration to Fiji if Kiribati sinks under global warming. Sounds like a post-dated cheque on a a failing bank.