Archive for the ‘Bainimarama stupidity’ Category

Moce yani Frank’s Own Forum

July 30, 2014



Bainimarama has invested a lot of money and even more ego in his PIDF to show Australia and New Zealand that he can lead Pacific cooperation better than they can, but his mastermind in the background, Khaiyum, is handling the Solomon Islands air services dispute in a ham-fisted way that will show other island leaders (and not just in the Solomons) that Bainimarama is all for himself and no-one else. Instead of setting up a meeting which he will attend with an open mind, Khaiyum broadcasts his demands through slave media. He says he will meet with the Solomon Islands but then he adds “responsibility for the dispute rested with the Solomon’s Government” and when he meets he expects them to capitulate. He says “Fiji is willing to hold discussions to break the impasse, but he made Fiji’s conditions very clear”. It’s the same old story – my way or the highway. So it looks like bye bye PIDF. Any other Minister would be sacked but Khaiyum is not any other Minister. He won’t even let Bainimarama involve himself in a problem that affects his relationship with other regional leaders.


Radio Fiji, 29 July 2014 Fiji awaits contact from Solomon’s to resolve airline dispute

Not again – potato imports to be replaced by local production

July 29, 2014

How many times has the Bainimarama propaganda machine announced the end of potato imports?  It’s a pity potatoes don’t keep sprouting as regularly as this pathetic propaganda.  Why doesn’t Frank just announce that his scientists have bred the first tropical potato tree which grows potatoes all year round.  That would be easier to believe. Follow the link below on Potato flop to see how many times the potato promise has been made and how badly it failed every time.

Fiji Sun July 25 2014  Bid to Reduce Reliance on Imported Potatoes

Potato Flop


Kadavu chiefs are asking the right questions

July 25, 2014

Kadavu chiefs have welcomed a visit to Kadavu by a delegation from SODELPA as it gives them a chance to learn more than is covered in the radio news.  They welcome Government initiatives to assist development in Kadavu but feel they’re in the dark about many things and question the way many laws affecting them have been passed without any consultation.  One change which had been made without any consultation was the removal of FAB scholarships as a result of which many parents struggled to find the money for their children to go to university.  The meeting at the village hall in Tavuki was attended by many of the chiefs of Kadavu but there were no reports of them saying they or their vanua supported SODELPA, as happens after Bainimarama campaign meetings.  It will be interesting to see if Bainimarama can now visit Kadavu and answer the questions in the minds of Kadavu leaders after their meeting with SODELPA.

Khaiyum counting on iTaukei being dumb

July 23, 2014

Without consolidation into a continuous block with beachfront Denarau would be pockets of mangrove of no use to developers

Khaiyum’s claim that he has protected iTaukei land ownership better than before is based on his claim that he has banned land swaps like the one at Denarau. Under this swap small parcels of native were swapped for Crown land. This was done so that there would be viable sites for tourism to be leased to developers. Ratu Timoci Vesikula has explained all this in the Fiji Live report on the link below. As a result of this swap the NLTB were able to “put all native lands together on a beachfront”. Without the swap Narewa landowners would have had scattered plots of mangrove rather than a consolidated block with beachfront on which hotels could be built.  Khaiyum hopes this will be too hard for iTaukei minds to get around, no doubt assuming that everyone would have as much trouble following at his so-called ‘boss’. Denarau has brought a lot of money to Narewa landowners and this is what Khaiyum would outlaw in the name of protecting their land rights. Denarau is a good example of development where everyone benefits. Landowners get good rent and Nadi has a magnet drawing tourists and giving jobs to a lot of people from Nadi, not just in Denarau but all around the area.

Fijilive July 23, 2014 Why we changed land ownership: Rt Timoci

The top campaigner at work

July 21, 2014


Surely we deserve better than this

Campaigning without a script our genius unelected PM described his constitution as “one of the best we’ve ever had”.  What? Only one of the best? If it’s only one of the best why didn’t he give voters the right to choose which one is the best? Then came this bit of incoherent rambling: “The 1997 constitution I don’t know how many of you put in your submissions for the 1997 constitution. Any of you put your submissions for the 1997 constitution? I don’t think so…but you were asked to put your submissions for this constitution”.  Yes we were asked and then Yash Ghai considered all those submissions and prepared a draft which Rear Admiral seems to have forgotten was unceremoniously burned. The longer the campaign goes on and the more people get a chance to hear this sort of “uh, uh, uh, ahh, ahh” stupidity, the better our chances of seeing the last of him and having a PM who looks and sounds like a PM.
Radio Fiji 20 July 2014 FijiFirst to protect 2013 Constitution

Does Natuva understand what bribery is?

July 21, 2014

On the campaign trail, the unelected Minister for Works told his audience that the Frank First Party could not just say yes to what voters want. To do this, he said, would be to allow the voters to ‘bribe’ the government. For months the unelected Government has been giving taxpayer funded handouts to all and sundry – brush cutters and sewing machines if they can’t think of anything else. That is bribing voters.  You can’t say voters are bribing candidates when they want to know where they plan to spend money on infrastructure. Voters have a right to know where the Government will spend their money.
Fijilive July 20, 2014   We won’t be bribed, says Natuva

Is this Frank’s new lease distribution system at work?

July 18, 2014

Landowners in the vanua o Nakovacake in Nadi have complained about the distribution of lease money. The new system was introduced by Bainimarama as one of his ‘reforms’, which means it was done without any consultation for the simple reason of cutting chiefs out the picture. Bainimarama had to do this to show whose boss but he had no idea what problems it would lead to. All the useless stooge TLTB manager, Alipate Qetaki, can say is “they were following a structured and deliberate process to attempt to resolve issues raised by some landowners”. Qetaki added :”TLTB will not comment further as it is now formulating its report and submission to its chairman and board of trustees. ” In other words, he’s a useless puppet who has to wait to be told what to do and Khaiyum hasn’t yet made up Bainimarama’s mind for him.

Fiji Times, July 18, 2014 Probe on complaint

Powell out and Fiji Airways says “not us”

July 18, 2014

As flagged for days in the blogs Elizabeth Powell has finally jumped from her job as PS to Khaiyum. Coincidentally, Fiji Airways have denied any responsibility for their part in the dispute with Solomon Islands over flights between Solomon Islands and Fiji. So it looks like this problem is down to one man – Mr My Way or the Highway Khaiyum. Just when  we were trying to get on well with our Island neighbours, Khaiyum decides to play the bully boy. Well done. This will gives Frank’s Own Forum, the PIDF, just the boost it needs.

Fiji Airways not responsible for flight suspension

Years after he announced it he’s going to ask what it means

July 17, 2014


Vore Cartoon

“The school zones policy is one of my reforms but please don’t ask me questions about it”

On his campaign visit to Dreketi in Rewa, Bainimarama was asked by villagers from Korovou to explain his school zoning policy. According to this, students from villages in the heart of Rewa would not travel to schools in Suva or along the Suva Nausori corridor. They should instead go to schools in their zone. Despite this policy being announced years ago, Bainimarama said he would have to ask the Education Ministry “to see the plans it had and their effectiveness”. It seemed the villgers would like more students to be forced to attend their local school, which loses students to other schools outside the zone. This a complex issue but the PM should understand the policy his government introduced. How many other policies does he not understand? Professor Wadan Narsey wrote about the issue last year, but the Bainimarama Government ploughs on making its ‘reforms’ without any input from anyone for its half-baked schools zones policy? To work, a lot of the schools that have been built would have to be relocated, but most weren’t even built by the Government.  Everyone is happy with free schools but how safe is our school system its in the hands of someone who doesn’t even know what his policies are?

Check out Professor Narsey’s analysis of schools.

Wanted new cane farmers: apply to FSC

July 14, 2014

FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan has made what is described as “a government statement” designed “to attract interested individuals and families to take up the offer to start cane farming”. So that’s why our sugar production has been going down.  We haven’t got enough farmers. Can he be serious?  What the sugar industry needs is trust. This was destroyed by the wrecking of the mills and the removal of all voices that could actually speak on behalf of farmers.  And where is the land that FSC can offer to “new” farmers?  Will it be the farms of old farmers where the regime has had the TLTB cancel leases because they’re no longer being used to grow cane?  What the sugar industy needs is trust and for that we need a new Minister and Permanent Secretary for Sugar and a new chairman and board at FSC. Applicants should apply in October.

Fijilive  July 13, 2014  FSC to provide package to new farmers