The arrogance of the dictator

April 23, 2014

Bainimarama is famous for his look-away handshake and here it is – hand on hip and he doesn’t even bother to look at the man who’s shaking his hand.

Heavy hand of regime censorship confirmed

April 23, 2014

On 4 April Freedom Blogs revealed that on Monday the 31st of March FNU lecturer Pita Waqawai had been sacked for revealing the facts about the ethnic composition of scholarships at FNU.  It was reported that two soldiers had escorted Mr Waqawai out of the University compound where his termination letter was delivered to him by the Manager Human Resources of FNU, Poasa Koroitamana.  Now Fiji Village have confirmed that he has been sacked, but no-one can say anything more about the report.  FNU Vice Chancellor can say nothing.  He will not confirm or deny the report that soldiers were present on his campus to force one of his staff from the campus.  He knows this is a job for the police, so why can’t he deny this happened.  His silence is confirmation of the original report.

Fiji Village: 23/04/2014 FNU senior lecturer sacked for misusing facilities

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=220414c3b8ecbfdba841b9cbcb0e79

Bainimarama fails his own test

April 22, 2014

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Commodore Can-Do told us he’d be registering his party tomorrow but he’s now said this won’t be possible. And why? Because he hasn’t got the party members he needs. He told Fiji Live he’s “awaiting for forms from the islands”. So why didn’t he sign people up last month on his tour of Lau? Is he also having trouble finding credible non-iTaukei leaders to join his party and occupy prominent positions? So many of his current line-up are military, which means they are iTaukei, given the lie to his race-free Fiji.

Fijilive April 21, 2014 Bainimarama defers registration

http://fijilive.com/news/2014/04/bainimarama-defers-registration/57331

FLP blows the whistle on electoral rules

April 22, 2014

Fiji’s Labor Party says there is no chance of free and fair elections under a decree that could protect vote riggers. The party’s president, Lavinia Padarath, says that Section 3(3) of the Electoral Decree grants blanket immunity to election officials for their work or omissions. And the decree also prevents parties from taking complaints about the actions of Electoral officials to courts for review. When the Blue Bus of Bainimarama calls to campaign in your area make sure you ask Bainimarama why he allows his officials to be above the law.

Radio New Zealand 22 April 2014 Fiji Labor Party says regime decree shields vote-riggers

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/242176/fiji-labour-party-says-regime-decree-shields-vote-riggers

How much for landowners?

April 22, 2014

The Chinese bauxite mine in Bua expects to export 800,000 tonnes of bauxite to China this year. The regime is being careful not to reveal how much this will earn, fearing that landowners will be angered by the small crumbs that are falling their way from this table. Last year the regime let slip that the price per tonne for this ore was US$27.45 a tonne while Indonesia was selling its bauxite to China for US$48.68 a tonne, a price which included an export tax of 20%. So give the landowners some facts. Its their land that’s being ripped up and sent to China.

Fiji Village: 21/04/2014 Shipment of bauxite to China expected at the end of this month

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=2104147ef8178ed1c9b95c8f3116e8

Frank at last gets the message

April 17, 2014

One good thing has come from the frantic tour of country by the Fiji First Family Proposed Party.  At last the regime has noticed that it’s hard for many rural voters (and we all know that basically means iTaukei voters) to register.  People turned up to sign up for the FFFPP party but they were not eligible because they weren’t registered.  They told the Fiji Sun they couldn’t afford to travel to Labasa to register because the transport cost was too high.  At last Frank has got the message.  Many iTaukei voters live in areas where transport to service centres is expensive.

Fiji Sun April 16, 2014 Voter worry http://www.fijisun.com.fj/?p=211474

Bainimarama’s breach due to Commander complex

April 17, 2014

We all knew that the ridiculously strict rules laid down for political parties were designed to impact FLP and SDL but Frank didn’t seem to think that anyone would expect him to play by the same rules.  So he jumped the gun, behaving as if Fiji First already exists as a political party.  His problem is he waited too long to get things moving for the creation of his political party and we all know why – he couldn’t bear to let go of the reins as Commander.  Mick Beddoes has complained and the Police are investigating.  No-one doubts that this investigation will be concluded by the same team investigating the prisoner brutality video but it has already exposed Bainimarama as a fraud and a hypocrite.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/241727/fiji-police-invetigating-bainimarama

More hand-outs for Fiji First

April 17, 2014

Frank has really been pushing the kerekere with the Chinese to deliver on sewing machines.  Another 900 have been promised, which means that Jiko Luveni can expect villages will be vying with one another to have her or Frank to visit and hand them out.  We’ve all heard of Agscam but Sewscam is exactly the same – or is it?  SDL was rewarded with votes.  Won’t Frank be disappointed if his attempts to do the same are rewarded with nothing more than smiles.

Fiji Village 15/04/2014 Ministry to receive around 900 sewing machines from China

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=15041489d731f149d3363f641a8f82

Will Ashwin act?

April 17, 2014

Ashwin Raj was quick out of the blocks to accuse Ratu Timoci Vesikula of hate speech but we’re still waiting for his response to the complaints of misreporting by the Fiji Sun about SODELPA.  The Fiji Sun reported that Sitiveni Rabuka had been appointed to the position of Deputy Leader, only to have this denied by SODELPA who have now complained to Ashwin Raj.  The regime rules about the media are very strict, so there’s no question as to what he should do.  We all know that any other media would be pounced on for making such a mistake, but the Fiji Sun is special.  Like Fiji First it’s above the rules.

Fiji Village: 15/04/2014 Rabuka is not the Deputy Leader of SODELPA – Tabaiwalu

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=1504141bd366655ed8d911a72813ad

Party of one

April 17, 2014

It took forever for Frank to announce that he was going to have a party and now it seems to be taking forever for him to find candidates.  It can’t be because they’re waiting for his party to approved, because Bai is carrying on like the Party is a fact.  Why the hold-up?

Radio New Zealand 16 April 2014 No other confirmed candidates says Fiji’s Bainimarama

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/241842/no-other-confirmed-candidates-says-fiji%27s-bainimarama


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