Archive for the ‘Totalitarian state’ Category

How to win an election

September 27, 2013

Yet again we’ve had a glimpse of how a regime that has no party and includes the most unpopular politician in history can hope to win an election. It’s all in the ability to change the rules. Now, according to the regime’s Registration of Political Parties Decree, any person who fails to comply with the requirements could face a 27,000 US dollar fine or 10 years in prison, or both. Some parties have failed to give asset details for adult children and Khaiyum fears that de-registering parties makes his plans to cheat too obvious, so now he’s come forward with the plan to punish with fines and jail terms. Khaiyum hasn’t explained how one adult can be forced to reveal assets of another adult who may not share the details.

Radio New Zealand 26 September, 2013 Fiji regime amends party asset declaration decree

More interference in FRU?

September 17, 2013

In 2007 RWC quarter finals our 15s side within a millimetre of beating the mighty Springboks who were the eventual World Cup winners. Since then we’ve fallen into a heap after the interference by the military reqime in the FRU. They’ve used funding as a weapon to get their puppets at the helm of the FRU. In 2011 the regime demanded the resignation of the union’s board and executive members over alleged mismanagement of a Rugby World Cup fundraising lottery. Now they’re at it again. Their answer to everything is sacking people even though they were appointed by nobody.

Radio Fiji Sep 06, 2013 Baravilala relieved as CEO of Fiji Rugby Union–fiji-rugby-union

Frank’s race-free Fijians of the future don’t want him

September 12, 2013

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Here they are: the new generation of leaders who can take us forward. They’re young, they’re educated and they cover the full spectrum of races and religions. So what does the Bainikhaiyum regime do? It locks them up! All they want is a voice in the Constitution which is being handed down to them without any opportunity to participate.

Is this supposed to fool us?

August 29, 2013

We were promised that there would be protection for iTaukei land, but this is what Khaiyum gives us:

“28.- (1) The ownership of all iTaukei land shall remain with the customary owners of that land and iTaukei land shall not be permanently alienated, whether by sale, grant, transfer or exchange, except to the State in accordance with Section 27.”

The regime’s Land Bank can take iTaukei land and lease it to anyone they choose for whatever rents they want for 99 years to 999 years. There is no protection for iTaukei land.

The word count tells all

August 29, 2013

Khaiyum claims that the revised constitution guarantees ownership of iTaukei land, but the facts speak for themselves. Khaiyum devoted only 82 words to protecting iTaukei land, but he devoted almost 500 words to the provisions regarding immunity. This includes a whole lot of words saying the Constitution can never be amended to repeal any provision of immunity. Likewise, there can be nothing to “infringe or diminish the effect of any provision” to give immunity. Finally, the constitution says that no change can be made to “repeal, infringe or diminish the effect of” constitutional provisions for changing the constitution.

Vaniqi blames everybody else

August 15, 2013

With the sugar industry facing the threat of a mill strike Bainimarama’s CO Sugar battalion, Lt Col Vaniqi, has denied all responsibility for the problems facing the industry. He’s saying all the problems, ie “expiring land leases, politicisation, mills that had not been repaired or kept up to par with technological advancements”, were inherited from previous governments. He takes no responsibility. Over the past 7 years leases have continued to expire and the mill refit that wrecked the mills was carried out by Bainimarama’s FSC team, nobody else. But worst of all is the loss of confidence of farmers in the industry. Thousands have dropped out, the area planted has dropped by 12,000 ha and farmers don’t want to put their money into replanting or fertiliser (so yields have plummeted) because they have no confidence in the leadership of their industry under Bainimarama and Vaniqi.

Fiji Times August 15, 2013 Strike action

Can Bainimarama compromise?

August 12, 2013

The Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union has announced that their vote on the proposed strike has been verified by the Labour Ministry. The ball is now in the court of the regime to work out how they will respond. Union leader, Felix Anthony, has invited the regime to sit down and look at mediation but FSC has so far refused. Bainimarama doesn’t want anyone to think he can take orders from anyone. He thinks if he compromises once he will be expected to compromise again. It’s always “MY way or the highway”. He’s given hints that the army would step in to run the mills if the strike goes ahead. He doesn’t seem to understand what a disaster this would be. An industrial accident put the Lautoka mill out of action for two weeks. The last thing we need is a couple more of these.

Radio Fiji Aug 11, 2013 Secret ballot verified – FSGWU—fsgwu

Is the regime still the “lesser of two evils”

August 12, 2013

Despite his past services to the regime, CCF Chief Executive Officer, Reverend Akuila Yabaki, has been hit hard by Judge Calanchini. He has been hit with a fine of $20,000 and he and CCF have been ordered to pay $5000 direct to Khaiyum’s own office. This judgement shows what a hypocrite Khaiyum is. He was elected by nobody, his decrees have not been passed by any Parliament, and all judges have been hand-picked by him and subject to sacking if they do not do what he says. The suspended prison sentence means that one more comment from Yabaki and he will go straight to prison. For years Akuila Yabaki gave the regime the benefit of the doubt, making all sorts of excuses for their oppression of others, now he’s enjoying a taste of what it feels like. FDN wonders if it still feels like the “lesser of two evils” and more like pure evil.

Fiji Village: 10/08/2013 CCF and Yabaki convicted and fined

What’s with PIDF secretariat?

August 8, 2013

Bainimarama’s big announcement at his talkfest turned out to be a Secretariat for his PIDF, but no-one, including Bainimarama, seems to know what the Secretariat is going to look like. Radio Australia reporter, Samisoni Pareti, said “they’re talking of forming a working group, a committee, comprising representatives from the civil society, government, as well as churches and the business community to work out a way forward, a plan, consult with stakeholders and then they will come back with a plan”. But who chooses the “representatives” of churches and civil society? Will Bainimarama dictate to them the way he dictates to the Methodist Church? And who is funding the PIDF secretariat? Churches? NGOs, which get their money from Governments like Australia, NZ and EU? Businesses?

Radio Australia 7 August 2013 Fiji to host Pacific Islands Development Forum secretariat

Methodists on their knees

August 5, 2013

Bainimarama loves to humiliate the Methodist Church. He knew he couldn’t deny them the Annual Conference which is the governing body of the church so he has to resort to denying them their choir contest. This is an act of pure malice which will cost him a lot in support from the iTaukei community. The choir contest is always the highlight of the Conference and choirs all over the country spends months preparing. Bainimarama will pay a big price for this petty spite.

Fijilive August 02, 2013 Church awaits response from PM