Archive for the ‘Bainimarama's hypocrisy’ Category

Squeezing the lemon to the last drop

September 3, 2014

What’s in these bins? Votes, I hope.

For nearly 8 years we’ve watched the Bainimarama regime use the powers of government to give hand-outs like they’ve come out of their own pocket.  But handing out rubbish bins paid for by the Koren Government is really squeezing the lemon past the last drop of juice. No mention of who paid for it in the propaganda. For people who pay rates the bins are a right, not some favour.  What do we pay rates for if not to receive a rubbish collection service.

Radio Fiji 2 September 2014  Nasinu ratepayers receive free bins

The big lie

September 1, 2014


The biggest liar of them all

It was Hitler who first followed the philosophy of the Big Lie – believing that in politics only a Big Lie will work. Bainimarama has now found his really big lie, claiming that Laisenia Qarase had prior knowledge of the Speight coup. He knows the truth, that he, Bainimarama, was warned about the Speight coup but he left the country to attend a waste-time conference in Norway.  When he returned he let the turmoil run, thinking he could use it to his advantage.  He even tried to have himself appointed as Interim PM. He remains close to Inoke Kubuabola and Jim Ah Koy despite the knowledge that they were part of the shadowy group in the background before Speight. Bainimarama even tried to appoint the alleged real leader of the Speight coup, former Police Commissioner, Isikia Savua, to one of his Charter Committees before he realised this would expose his close links to Savua. Bainimarama hopes that voters who are ignorant of the facts will believe this whopping lie.

No time for finger pointing on the Golan Heights

September 1, 2014

While 44 of our peacekeepers remain in captivity we should refrain from finger-pointing and concentrate our thoughts and prayers on their safe delivery from the hands of a group whose murderous record gives us every reason to fear for the safety of our boys. There will be a time to ask questions. Were the troops properly prepared for their mission?  Has the effectiveness of the RFMF as military force been weakened under the 16 year rule of Bainimarama who was more politician than military leader, pushing out a whole generation of the RFMF’s top officers? Has 7 years of being cut off from access to international standard military training from our traditional allies cut the skill base? Answers to these questions can wait but these are the questions being asked in private, even if our censored media could never let them be asked in public.

Secret ballot will this fix front-runner

August 29, 2014


How accurate are the polls that show Frank is the front-runner?  Journalists who asked about voting intentions found a lot of people did not support Bainimarama but did not want to to be quoted.  Frank wants people to think he will be staying in power so they have to continue to fear him. We all know of civil servants, academics, journalists and businesses who’ve been punished for speaking out against the dictatorship.  We must remember one thing and make sure everyone understands it – you must use the secret ballot to get rid of the dictator who rewards his close friends but punishes anyone who speaks out against his decisions.

Why is over $6 million sitting in the Frank Bank?

August 29, 2014

The TLTB has admitted it’s hanging on to $6 million of landowners funds. Over 2.5 million of this belongs to landowners in Bua, Macuata and Cakaudrove, all strongholds of SODELPA. The useless puppet, Qetaki, claims this is because the landowners have not set up trust funds and appointed trustees as required by the unelected government but who asked them to change the distribution system? It’s typical Bainimarama that he wants to reduce landowners to begging for their own money.  He talks about accountability but he has failed to give landowners a proper account of how much money has been collected as rent for each mataqali and how much is in arrears.  He just doesn’t understand: it’s not his money.

Fiji Times August 29 2014  $2.5 million held back

Frank’s plans for sugar -a new CSR?

August 28, 2014

Islands Business News has forecast the collapse of the sugar industry when the current EU agreement under the Lome Convention lapses.  We’ll face tariff barriers that will kill our high-priced production. The EU offered 350 million Euros in aid to lift our productivity but Bainimarama knocked this back in 2009.  He wasn’t interested in an election until he had had at least 4 years dictatorship so he could censure the media, stack the judiciary and jail political rivals.

A blogger on another site claimed that the sugar industry’s problems started in 1987 but the facts are clear. In 1986 we had 22,000 growers producing 4.1 million tonnes of cane from 70,0000 hectares.  In 1996 we were still producing 4.3 million tonnes of cane.  By 2006 after leases were not renewed and growers dropped out, production fell to 3.2 million tonnes.

It took Frank to cut acreage and yields to the point where we produce on 1.5 million tonnes of cane in 2012.  Sugar produced fell from 310,000 tonnes in 2006 to 150,000 tonnes in 2012.

So what is Frank’s plan? In January we were told of a Chinese mission visiting to discuss a possible refinery joint venture and the scope for purchasing 100,000 tonnes of sugar in the medium term.  Does this mean Frank plans to sell FSC to a Chinese company?  If he does we can be sure he’ll bankrupt cane farmers first and hand them and their land to a new CSR, the Chinese Sugar Refinery.

Frank’s plan for the sugar industry is well hidden from sight but his plan for power is easy to see in legislation like the Land Use Decree which gives him the power to hand huge tracts of land to a Chinese sugar refinery.  Cane farmers should not think the Land Use Decree was crated for their benefit. If it was, he would have used it for that purpose already, but he’s left cane farmers to the TLTB.

Corruption Fighter

Groenewald makes first base

August 27, 2014

The news that 4 officers have been suspended pending investigations into the death in custody of Vilikesa Soko is without doubt the best news we’ve had for a long time into deaths at the hands of the police, military and orison officers under Bainimarama.  Past investigations were slow, grudging and driven only by media exposure. To make second base Groenewald has to follow up on the torture video. Does anyone doubt that the failure to investigate a crime that was actually filmed, and the open backing given to the perpetrators by Bainimarama, contributed to the latest death.  Lazy unprofessional policing will not solve our crime problem.

Fiji Times August 26, 2014 Soko’s death: Police,4, suspended pending investigations

Groenewald’s Steve Biko moment

August 26, 2014

Steve Biko died in the custody of the South African Police in the era of apartheid and police tried to say he died from the effects of a hunger strike.  Is this the kind of police accountability Groenewald wants to introduce to Fiji?

The truth will not be suppressed and all who try to suppress it will pay dearly in the end.  Propaganda can deny the truth but it remains the truth.

Bainimarama has had nearly 8 years to solve the problem of crime with his methods of brutality and all he can do is try to use control of the media to suppress the facts. Crime remains a problem.

The best defense against crime is effective professional policing and police who think beating suspects solves crime are unprofessional thugs who have no place in a an effective professional force.

One Hanif blogged on another blog “Vilikesa Soko deserved  it fully.  Imagine if he entered your house, put a knife on your neck and raped your mother, wife or daughter in front of you?” Hanif needs to imagine what it would be like to be beaten to death for a crime  had not committed.  That’s what happened to the CRW soldiers who had nothing to do with 2000 mutiny and so had nothing to confess – no names to give and so were beaten to death on Bainimarama’s orders. They committed no crime but were beaten in a fury fueled by Bainimarama’s  shame at the way he reacted to the mutiny.  Anyone who thinks this doesn’t matter as long as it’s happening to ‘them’ and not to ‘us’ is making a big mistake. The law protects everyone or it protects no-one.

The Cassava Patch runner makes another dash

August 25, 2014

If there is one thing we can surely all agree on now about JVB, our unelected PM, it’s that he can’t face the heat. At his Sydney meeting he made sure that anyone who could ask him hard questions couldn’t get through the front door. He knows he can’t answer questions and has to rely on Fiji Sun to print statements written by Qorvis. When he held a media conference only hand-picked journalists were allowed. An independent journalist from Australia’s ABC was turned away. The cassava Patch coward runs as fast from independent journalists as he does from gunfire at QEB.

Fiji Times August 24, 2014 Mixed reactions

Too much information

August 21, 2014

“Please don’t bore me with details thinks Frank who wouldn’t dream of having any treatment in Fiji, let alone the CWM”

Last week Fiji Times presented a lovely puff piece of our yet to be elected PM presiding over the opening of a newly commissioned operating theatre at the CWM hospital. Unfortunately this was followed by a presentation of some of the uncomfortable facts about the way the CWM works in the era of Frankenstein medicine.  Dr Josese Turagava explained that 73 out of 5189 patients died during operations at the CWM.  In trying to explain Dr Turagava had to admit that poor record keeping at the CWM meant he had not been able to get cases older than 2012 so he really didn’t know what was going on.  That’s alright said Frank, looking bored, I wouldn’t dream of having any treatment anyway.

Fiji Times 19 August 2014  Death under the knife