Archive for the ‘Freedom of choice’ Category

Rabuka and Chaudhry agree

November 4, 2013

Sitiveni Rabuka and Mahendra Chaudhry don’t often agree on many things but they are both falling about with laughter at the claims by Bainimarama that next year’s elections will be the first genuinely democratic elections in our history. He has dictated every detail of the constitution, throwing out the work of a genuine consultation process by an independent Commission HE appointed, refused to allow even a token group of citizens to discuss his draft, and all he says is this is the way to have “genuine” democratic elections.

Radio New Zealand 03 November, 2013 Former leaders dispute Fiji election claims

Frank’s non-existent multi-racial party

November 4, 2013

Bainimarama claims he “wants to form a multiracial party which welcomes any race who can serve the people well”. He also claimed “he has received a lot of interest from other people intending to join his party”. So why don’t we know who they are? Until we see them, they are non-existent. He claims he will be able to form his party when he’s finished all his development projects (ie vote buying in Fijian villages), but we know that he spends his time jet-setting around the world first class, not managing development projects.

Fiji Village 01/11/2013 PM to form multiracial party

The Supervisor of Elections charade

October 28, 2013

Khaiyum has declared the Supervisor of Elections’ appointment process is under the control of the Constitutional Offices Commission. What he doesn’t say is that the Constitutional Offices Commission is a joke when there is no democratically elected Government including a Leader of the Opposition. As it stands now, the Commission will be hand-picked by Bainimarama on the advice of Khaiyum.

Fijilive October 26, 2013 Election head issue with poll body: AG

Fiji Sun’s mischief making with SODELPA

October 22, 2013

The Fiji Sun’s report of SODELPA’s plans for a meeting of representatives of the provinces of Central Division is an obvious attempt to fan divisions within the party. The article quotes what the Sun calls “an observer with long political experience who cannot comment publicly on politics because of his current position” who calls Dr Tupeni Baba a moko who changes colours to suit his background. Then they quote an old interview with Pio Tabaiwalu apparently saying that a person of charisma would best suit SODELPA, which is an obvious swipe at Ratu Jone Kubuabola whose quiet, dignified demeanour has won wide respect. We can take the Fiji Sun article as proof that regime insiders fear SODELPA and the depth of leadership in its ranks.

Fiji Sun October 17, 2013 SODELPA meet to decide on nominees

SODELPA moving forward

October 17, 2013

While Voreqe scratches his head trying to figure out how he can have a political party that doesn’t include Aiyaz in a major leadership position, SODELPA is moving forward, taking its message to the four Divisions. Voreqe may be hoping that the Ministry of Information will be his political party, helping him take his message out to the people, but he can only go to one village at a time while the SODELPA team, united in their opposition to Voreqe, can take the message to many places at the same time.

Fiji Times October 15, 2013 SODELPA happy with response

Only total obedience will satisfy the Bhainikhaiyum monster

November 9, 2011

For the best of five years, collaborators like Akuila Yabaki have served the military dictatorship well. They’ve combined token criticism with conniving claims that Qarase had it coming, or we need a coup if are to end the coup cycle. These collaborators are about to learn the lesson that this is not enough to satisfy a dictatorship. Only total obedience will satisfy the power-hungry, ego-mania of the two-headed Bhainikhaiyum monster. The first step is a law to to disband NGO’s and civil society groups it believes aren’t fulfilling their mandate. The nest step is the knock on the door in the middle of the night.
Radio Australia 8 November 2011 Concerns over Fiji’s new NGO laws

The cane harvest

July 15, 2011

The Fiji Times published a story of a group of farmers in the Northern Division who have thrown themselves into this year’s crucial harvest in a spirit of cooperation and determination to succeed. We can only hope that FSC lives up to its side of the bargain.

Fiji Times July 14, 2011    North farmers work with FSC

Your chance to vote!

December 21, 2009

We all know our military dictator says there will be elections in September 2014. But who believes him? Anyway, you don’t have to wait five, 10 or 20 years to cast your vote. You can do it right now, courtesy of Fiji freedom blog, Fiji Today. Just follow the “read more” link and cast your vote for or against our current (self-appointed) government.

Fiji Today’s Blog 17 December 2009: The next election