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DRITI SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS IMPRISONMENT




Former Land Force Commander, Pita Driti has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by presiding judge, Justice Paul Madigan.

After highlighting the facts of the case in the packed court room, Justice Madigan told Driti to stand up.

He said inciting to mutiny is a very serious offence.

Justice Madigan started the sentence at 6 years and then added four years for the aggravating factors.

He then deducted 5 years off the sentence.

Justice Madigan said that Pita Driti is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment and has to serve 4 years before he is eligible for parole.

The prosecution’s case was that Driti made comments to junior officers between August to October 2010 that the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum should be removed as he was influencing the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama too much.

It also brought evidence to prove that Driti shared the Sudan plan with Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Tagicakibau.

The plan was to cancel Prime Minister and Army Commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama’s passport when he went to Sudan, not to allow him back in the country, go to the President and dissolve the government, remove the President if he did not agree to follow the plan, appoint an interim administration made up of the former SDL party including the Great Council of Chiefs and the Methodist Church, detain and send the Bainimarama family to another country and bring in troops from Australia and NZ to secure the border to contain any internal conflicts from disgruntled people.

Prosecution Queens Counsel Audrey Moffat also presented evidence to prove that Driti also met with Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara where plans were discussed in September and October 2010.

Evidence was also presented about the unaccounted weapons and ammunition that was being piled up at the Grand Pacific Hotel site in 2010. 

The weapons and ammunition were significantly more than the soldiers based at the site.

Pita Driti had confirmed in court during the trial that he had made comments about the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and asked intelligence cells to track Sayed Khaiyum and report to him.

He also said he said to junior officers that Sayed-Khaiyum was influencing the Prime Minister in government decisions.

However, Driti denied saying to Lieutenant Colonel Tagicakibau that the Attorney General had to be eliminated by Christmas 2010.
Driti said that the options were allegedly brought up by Brigadier General Mohammed Aziz as he was the initiator.

Driti alleged that Ratu Tevita Mara was the messenger.

He also claimed that he did not report to the Army Commander about the plans as he thought that it was a set up by Aziz.

The maximum sentence for inciting to mutiny is 15 years imprisonment.


Story by: Vijay Narayan


PITA DRITI TRIAL A PLOY TO DRIVE FEAR IN FIJI'S SOLDIERS - BALEDROKADROKA




Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum seems to be doing all his bidding at the moment and I don’t think the military likes it.

Former senior Fiji military man says Driti trial is “fear tactics” by regime
Posted at 04:54 on 10 December, 2013 UTC

A former senior Fiji military officer, Jone Baledrokadroka, says the trial of Pita Driti was a ploy by the regime to drive fear into the heart of Fiji’s soldiers.

Driti was land force commander of the Royal Fiji Military Forces and was convicted last week of inciting mutiny.

He faces a maximum 15-year jail sentence.

Mr Baledrokadroka was dismissed by regime leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama while acting land force commander in 2006.

He told Sally Round the conviction underscores the futility of the military’s intervention in politics and will do nothing for troop loyalty.

JONE BALEDROKADROKA: They will quite anxious at the moment, knowing this could happen to them. As we know, Driti was Frank’s right-hand man in executing the coup of 2006. So here you have his head on the chopping block, so to speak. So what does it say about the remainder of the so-called Frank Bainimarama senior loyalists.

SALLY ROUND: So why do you think this was brought to trial, then?

JB: One could only speculate as to why. I don’t think this was done to endear loyalty amongst the troops. I think it was done to put fear amongst the troops. It sends out a clear message to the military, which is the only constituent as far as Bainimarama is concerned, that he’s been playing to, that you must stick with me. And he needs the troops’ undivided loyalty at the moment. So I think it’s more a fear tactic, trying to drive fear into the hearts of the troops.

SR: Could it also not be read that it’s signalled that nobody is exempt under an independent judicial system?

JB: (Chuckles) Come, come, come, you know? We know very well that the judiciary is all tainted. A primary school kid will tell you that. Them trying their best to show the world that it is independent, I think it’s quite a farce.

SR: What are you hearing on the ground in Fiji about support for the Commodore from the military at the moment?

JB: If you look at the Commodore’s rule since 1999 there’s been six land force commanders. Five of them, including myself, have actually been purged out of the military. So it says a lot about how he actually deals with his colleagues. That should be an indicator to every soldier in the Fiji military, how he actually treats people that are very close to him. So you can imagine how he will treat people that are further away from him down the line. Of course he actually gives out goodies. There’s all these peace keeping allowances and all that. He keeps them all in line. But one has to look at how he has treated all these senior officers. The best and the brightest have left. What you have now are sycophants – people who are there just carrying out Bainimarama’s old whims. You have very junior officers at the moment in very senior spots who don’t have a clue what is happening. They are carrying out the orders of Bainimarama just because Bainimarama is feeding them. So what can I say about the calibre of officers that you have there at the moment?

SR: In the Pita Driti trial there was talk of a plan to kill the attorney general. What are feeling within the military towards the attorney general. Is his apparent influence within the regime something that could cause support for the Commodore to wither in future?

JB: Well, I think it has already. I don’t think any military officer trusts the attorney general and I think he knows that. That’s why he’s guarded like Fort Knox. There’s no love between the military and Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and he knows that and the military knows that. And that’s the predicament that Bainimarama has. How do you reconcile the military and Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum? Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum seems to be doing all his bidding at the moment and I don’t think the military likes it.

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DRITI NOW REMANDED IN CUSTODY AS HE AWAITS HIS SENTENCING


Former Land Force Commander, Pita Driti is now remanded in custody as he awaits his sentencing next month.

Presiding judge, Justice Paul Madigan rejected the opinion of the three assessors earlier this afternoon and found 53 year old Driti guilty of inciting to mutiny.

Driti is remanded in custody and he will return to court on the 10th of next month for mitigation and sentencing.

While handing down his ruling in the packed court room, Justice Madigan asked Driti to stand up and said that he found prosecution witness, Lt Colonel Manasa Tagicakibau to be an honest and convincing witness.

The High Court Judge said that Tagicakibau told the court of meetings with Driti in which he was asked not once but at least twice to use his private intelligence cell to conduct surveillance on the Attorney General.

Justice Madigan said the request was to get information to discredit the Attorney General and to “bring him down”. 

He said that this coupled with the stated perception of Tagicakibau that whatever had been said by Driti as to removal or elimination, Tagicakibau had the impression that the Attorney General's life was to be taken.

Justice Madigan then stated that he finds that he does not believe Pita Driti's evidence. 

He said that Driti was evasive, divertive, petulant and ungracious. 

Justice Madigan said that Driti contradicted himself and gave evidence that was incapable of belief.

The judge further stated that he cannot believe that Driti knew nothing of any plans until Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara visited him in mid September. 

Justice Madigan said that Driti was before that time, on his own admission, receiving official and unofficial intelligence reports on at least a weekly basis.

The presiding judge stated that Driti was taking active steps to impugn the reputation of the Attorney General and to bring about the downfall of Army Commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's administration. 

Justice Madigan highlighted that Driti was having the Attorney General tailed, making enquiries about his social connections and his income. 

The judge added that Driti was calling into aid the head of a crack platoon of armed combat specialists, Tevita Korovou. 

Justice Madigan said whatever may have been said in the meeting between Driti and Korovou in 2010, Korovou told the court that he came away from it with the distinct impression that there was going to be another coup.

Judge Madigan said the fact given in evidence by Driti that on hearing of the plan he did nothing but stand back and consider it without reporting it to the Commander, does not serve him well. 

The presiding judge said that thinking the plan may have been a set up did not lead to Driti to take appropriate steps to deal with a possible set up. 

Justice Madigan said and I quote “Asking the purported architect of the plan: is this a set up? does nothing to create confidence in Driti's evidence” end quote.

He said the case against Pita Driti is overwhelming and convicted him of inciting to mutiny.

The prosecution's case was that Driti made comments to junior officers between August to October 2010 that the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum should be removed as he was influencing the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama too much. 

It also brought evidence to prove that Driti shared the Sudan Plan with Lt Colonel Manasa Tagicakibau. 

The plan was to cancel Prime Minister and Army Commander, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's passport when he goes to Sudan, not to allow him back in the country, go to the President and dissolve the government, appoint an interim administration made up of the former SDL party including the Great Council of Chiefs and the Methodist Church, detain and send the Bainimarama family to another country and bring in troops from Australia and NZ to secure the border to contain any internal conflicts from disgruntled people.

Prosecution Queens Counsel, Audrey Cambpell-Moffat also presented evidence to prove that Driti also met with Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara where plans were discussed in September and October 2010. 

Evidence has also been presented about the unaccounted weapons and ammunition that was being piled up at the Grand Pacific Hotel site in 2010. 

The weapons and ammunition were significantly more than the soldiers based at the site.

Pita Driti confirmed in court that he had made comments about the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and asked intelligence cells to track Sayed-Khaiyum and report to him. 

He also said he said to junior officers that Sayed-Khaiyum was influencing the Prime Minister in government decisions.

However Driti denied saying to Lt Colonel Tagicakibau that the Attorney General had to be eliminated by Christmas 2010.

Driti said that the options were allegedly brought up by Brigadier General Mohammed Aziz as he was the initiator. 

Driti alleges that Ratu Tevita Mara was the messenger. 

He also claimed that he did not report to the Army Commander about the plans as he thought that it was a set up by Aziz.

The maximum sentence for inciting to mutiny is 15 years imprisonment.


Story by: Vijay Narayan

Kaci Vaka Na Dina

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THE COLLABORATOR.

The craven collaborator, Alipate Qetaki, looks down at his piece of cake, the fruits of his sell-out of his fellow Fijians rights. 
Bainimarama smirks happily to himself, wishing all his collaborators were as gutless. Qetaki understands very well that the Land Bank Decree will allow Bainimarama to hand out 99 years leases on what ever terms and conditions he likes to anyone he chooses, but he just lowers his head and says nothing.
Fiji Sun November 6, 2013 No land politics: PM
http://www.fijisun.com.fj/?p=185855

Comments on Facebook of the above include:

Comment1

Isa...dina sara Mataqali...na ka mosi...sega beka ni na mosi vei Mataqali AQ na veika oqo ni sa dadabe toka e na nona wheelchair mai na koro qai vakananuma toka ni a dodonu me tarova na veika oqo...e na saumi vei ira na nodra i valavala! 

Comment2 

Qo e tolu na kaiViti ka sa warai sara la vei ratou na kauwaitaka na wekadra. Sa ratou raica sara tu ga na rerevaki ni ka sa caka tiko me da vakarusai kina na kawa tamata na kaiViti ia ratou qai rai tani baleta ni bibi vei ratou me tawa na nodratou taga ka mamada na bula ni wekadratou. Me da nanumi ira tiko na mataqali tamata va qo ka me kua vakadua tale ni vakatarai me ra mai liutaki keda tiko. Yavu tamata volivoli rawarawa.

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BAINIMARAMA REGIME HESITANT GOING TO 2014 ELECTION 

A report has been received by Kacivaka Na Dina today that the Bainimarama Regime is now circulating forms for villagers and the people of Fiji to sign a petition calling on the illegal Regime not to hold elections on September, 2014.

The Regime wants signatures from the people calling on them to show satisfaction on their leadership and the need for them to continue ruling Fiji without going to the polls next year.

At midday today, Tuesday 24th Sept, 2013, in one of the villages in the Lomaiviti Province, a young man ushered a bundle of forms amongst a group who were in a family gathering. When asked what the form was for, the young man responded it is an official document requiring all the signatures of the people in their village in order to plant mangrove bushes in their marine coastal environment. 

One of the Senior member of the group had a look at the Form and lo and behold, it was a petition to Government which was to be signed by the people in the village calling on the Regime in Fiji not to hold the General Election next year. 

None of the villagers in that group signed the form and one decided to mark a cross through the Form itself. The young man went back with the Form and within a few minutes, the village Chief himself came and started to verbally abuse the group very angry that none would care to put their signatures on the Form. 

He admitted to the group during his outburst that this is Government's initiative which must be supported by all villagers. The Chief abruptly left threatening further consequences to the family group.



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NA YALAYALA LASU NEI BAINIMARAMA

Sa rogorogo mamada dina na Vosa e sa dau kacivaka tiko o Bainimarama ni ratou sega ni yalayala lasulasu ka ratou dau vakayaco ka. Sa sega sara ga ni dina na nodratou vosa ni da raica vata na veika eratou a yalataka ni oti na nona kovea vakaukauwa na Matanitu ena Tiseba, 2006:

i) Ni na tutaka na Yavu ni Vakavulewa ni 1997. Ia, e a bokoca na Yavu ni Vakavulewa ni 1997 ni oti ga na kacivaki ni lewa ni Mataveilewai e cake na Court of Appeal ena vula ko Evereli 2009, ni cala vakalawa na nona kovea na Matanitu ka liutaka ko Laisenia Qarase.

ii) Me vakayacora na veidigidigi ena vula ko Me 2009. Eda se waraka tiko ga me vakayacori na Veidigidigi.

iii) Ni sega ni dua na sotia se vei ira na lewe ni nona Matanitu mera na rawa-ka vakavinaka ena loma ni nona Matanitu. Eda sa kila deivaki tu na iwiliwili levu ni sotia era sa vakacakacakataki ena Matanitu ka ra taura na itutu ni veiliutaki.

iv) Ni sega ni dua vei ira na vakaitavi ena nona Matanitu me na tu ena Veidigidigi. Sa kacivaka oti o Bainimarama ni sana tu ena Veidigidigi ka sega ni vakataratutu ni ra na tu tale ga eso na nona Turaganivalu kei ira era vakaitavi ena loma ni nona Matanitu.

v) Me vakasavasavataka na cicivaki ni noda Matanitu ka kauta tani na cakacaka veidabui kei na butobuto. Ia, eda sa kila kece ni sa levu duadua sara cakacaka vakabutobuto ni nona Matanitu ni vakatauvatani kei ira na veiliutaki e liu.E sega ni se tabaki se vakaraitaki na itukutuku vakailavo ni Matanitu me vakatekivu main a yabaki 2008 ka sega ni vakaraitaki tale ga na I Vola Tukutuku ni Daunfika Liu ni Matanitu meda raica na lewenivanua, vakadikeva ka vakataroga na taro eda gadreva.
Sa tekiva e dua na isausau o Bainimarama ni sa sega ni qai okati o Viti ena nodra tabaki na uaca ni vei Matanitu kei na vakatagedegede ni cakacaka vakailoa kei na veidabui ka dau vakarautaka na Transparency International ni sa sega ni vakaraitaka tu na Matanitu na itukutuku ni nona cakacaka me rawa ni ratou dikeva na tabana oqo ka vakatulewataka na vakatagedegede ni cakacaka ni veidabui e Viti.

vi) Me rawata na tubu vakailavo ni noda Vanua. Me yacova mai na yabaki sa oti, e sega vakadua ni rawata na Matanitu o Viti na tubu vakailavo. Sa voleka ni oti vakadua vua na Bisinisi ni Suka e Viti, tosoya ki lagi na levu ni dinau ka sa dua na vanua dredre ena sotava na noda vanua ena vuku ni tikina bibi oqo.Sa lutu sobu saran na vakatagedegede ni rawa-ka mai na tei na keli yau talei, na yaubula mai waitui kei na bisinisi culacula ka dau volitaki yani ki vavalagi.Sa toso cake na levu ni dinau main a taudaku kei Viti main a 2.5 na bilioni na dola ena yabaki 2005 ka sa volekata na 7 na bilioni na dola ena gauna qo.

vii) Me laveta cake na vakatagedegede ni nodra bula na dravudravua kei ira e tu sara era na vakatagedegede ni nodra bula. Ia, e sa qai toso cake ga na vakatagedegede ni dravudravua ni ratou sega ni vakatara me tosoi cake na i sau ni tamata cakacaka, musuka sara ga vakaveimama na i lavo ni peniseni main a FNPF, kauti ira tani e dua na iwase levu ni lewenivanua ka ra dau tauri lavo tu ni Malumalumu, tosoya cake na VAT kin a 15%, ka vakatubura na I sau ni bula ena noda itikotiko me vaka na sau ni livaliva kei na wai. E sega ni vakataratutu dina ni sa qai tosoi cake ga na levu ni dravudravua ena loma ni nona veiliutaki ka sa rauta ni 45% ni lewenivanua e Viti era sa okati me ra dravudravua.

viii) Me ratou cakacakataka e dua na i Vakarau ni Cakacaka kei na Galala ni soli ni Tukutuku (Code of Conduct and Freedom of Information legislation). Me vaka e sa tukuni oti, e sega, sega sara ga ni ratou dau vakaraitaka na veikavakailavo e baleta na soli ni konitaraki ni Matanitu ka milioni vakamilioni na dola na kena isau. Ena gauna mada ga qo sa vunitaka matua na kedra I sau na lewe ni Bose Yaco, ka se sega ni cakacakataki na i Vakarau ni Cakacaka kei na Galala ni soli ni Tukutuku. Ia, sa soli tiko ga mai na dikiri ka vakadredretaka dina na veikauyaki kei na tabaki ni tukutuku e Viti.

Sa ka wale ga vakagusu na nodratou yalayala. Eratou sa dau tukuna tiko ga ni ratou qaravi ira na lewenivanua, ia, eratou qaravi iratou tiko ga me vaka na nodratou se qai vakatubura na kedratou i sau mai na maliwa ni 46% kina 193% me vakatekivu mai na 1 ni Seviteba, 2013.




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YOU ARE NOT I TAUKEI - YOU ARE FIJIANS!

You are the proud indigenous people of our beloved Fiji.You are Fijian, by the Grace of almighty God!

No kai-loma criminal from Kiuva, and his Indian Muslim thief, who committed treason, murder and corruption against the people of Fiji can take that from you! 

Frank Bainimarama and his Indian Muslim thief Khaiyum have already attacked your race as a people so that they can get access to your native lands for their own greedy goals and the benefit of their corrupt family and friends. 

They openly attacked two of your key institutions that kept you united as a people – the Great Council of Chiefs and your leaders of the Methodist Church. But you must remember that these institutions also kept you united and strong as a people. Whatever issues you have against these institutions can easily be fixed. 

Bainimarama and Khaiyum used evil lies and false accusations to accuse these institutions of corruption and in so doing enticed your emotional hunger into believing them via the sweetness of gossip and kakase. 

Bainimarama and Khaiyum are more corrupt and crooked than any other government in Fiji’s history. This is a fact. They also insulted your Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday 2013. This is a fact. But like the apostle Peter, you didn't defend Jesus Christ. 

What Bainimarama and his Indian Muslim thief Khaiyum are doing to you is all about RACE. The Fijian Race! This is a fact. They need to break down your strong identity and unity so that they can divide and conquer you by easilymanipulating your generous and friendly customs and fooling the less educated of you into believing their lies.

Both Bainimarama and Khaiyum have already degraded your race of people to an “owner of something” – an iTaukei, no longer referring to you as Fijians in your homeland - the proud indigenous people of Fiji. This is a bloody insult to you as a people and to your children and your ancestors! It must be stopped! 

Remember, non-indigenous Indians who are born and live in India still call themselves Indians without having to degrade the indigenous race to just being “owners of something”! This is the same in China, Africa, Samoa and Tonga! So why is it different in Fiji? They want your valuable lands!

Fijians, you must stand-up together against Frank Bainimarama and his junta and be recognized as a race and as a people! The survival of your race and ownership of your lands depends on it.

Chiefs, stop hiding and lead your people to victory, Do your job, stand-up and be counted and protect our future as a country and as a nation!

Source: http://www.truthforfiji.com/you-are-not-itaukei---you-are-fijians.html


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TLTB CONTINUE TO RECEIVE LEASE PAYMENT COMPLAINTS

Our waste of space TLTB General Manager, Alipate Qetaki, has revealed that he’s faced with complaints about the people who have not been receiving equal shares of lease money. One hundred people from 20 mataqali have made the complaints. And what’s Qetaki’s solution? He freezes all payments to those mataqali, ie he keeps the money in the regime bank account.

The freezing of lease payments because of complaints will either force Mataqali members not to complain and go along with whatever payments they receive without questions or open up doors for mataqali members who have issues with their Mataqali to lodge complaints just to freeze their accounts. Complaints need to be valid and the TLTB need to verify complaints based on a working set of guidelines supported by updated Mataqali records. The problem with this payment method is that it is too messy and required validation and checks that is timeconsuming and demand lots of man-hours. 

The reliance of Mataqali data to be provided by the Mataqali members themselves is a cause of concern and TLTB need to do their own homework or else they will continue to receive complaints. One such example is having 4 or 5 people with the same name in the same Mataqali. In today’s computer world, these sort of problems are solved by providing identification numbers to members. Have they ever done this or have they gone back to manual work while the world has become computerized? The ease of Mataqali members to tap onto a touch screen at any TLTB office and check his/her account detail was exactly the same work that Ballu Khan and his Pacific Connex team were doing under the newly established business arm of the former NLTB, Vanua Development which has now been abolished. The TLTB was to become a guinea pig to the new SAP Software that Vanua Development would take ownership of and later sold to other businesses and Government. Yet, the current Regime appointed TLTB Board led by Bainimarama as Chairman chose to throw that out of the window just because of his dislike of Ballu Khan for reasons only known to him.

In the meantime, while fixing something that wasn’t broken, he’s ignoring the serious issue of arrears in rents. If the regime wants to encourage landowners to lease their land to others, they should at least make sure rents are fair and collected on time.

By Kacivaka Na Dina

Photo: Ballu Khan aided by Police after he was arrested and tortured by the Military.

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VEIKA ME BALETI KEDA NA KAWA I TAUKEI

kenai kuri: (Vola na Kacivaka Na Dina)

6. QOLIQOLI KEI NA LAND CLAIM TRIBUNAL.

Au nanuma meu na wasea talega vei keda na veika me baleta na nodai Qoliqoli. Me vaka e sa matata vakasigalevu tu vei keda, na gauna e ra a soli Viti kina na noda Turaga Bale ki Peritania vua na Ranadi, a sega saraga ni qai dua tale na ka e vo vei ira me ra lewa. Ena 1879, 1880 na Bose Vakaturaga mai Waikava, Cakaudrove, mai Bau, Tailevu kei Mualevu mai Vanua Balavu, era sa tekivu sasaga taka tale kina na noda Turaga Bale ne kena vakasukai mai na nodai yau bula ka sa laki tu vua na Ranadi na kena lewa, oka kina na noda qele, qoliqoli, veikau, kei nai yau bula ena loma ni qele se boto ni sauloa.

Mai na nodra sasaga na noda Turaga Bale me vakasukai tale mai na nodai yau bula, a sega taura e dua na gauna balavu. Ena loma tikoga ni yabaki 1880 sa tekivu taki saraga kina na cakacaka ni kena vakasukai tale mai na nodai yau bula ena kena tauyavutaki na cakacaka ni Veitarogivanua se Native Land Commission mai vua nai matai ni Commissioner o Wilkinson kei Maxwell ena 1900. E kani rarawa ni mani sega ni mai vakayacori talega Veitarogi ni Qoliqoli dina ni ra a saga vakaukauwa sara na noda Turaga Bale me vakasukai talega mai. Au nanuma meu vakaraitaka vei keda e dua nai vakatakilakila ni nodra sasaga na noda Turaga ena nodra vosa na Tui Lau Ma’afu ena nodra sogota na Bose Vakaturaga mai Mualevu en Noveba 1880 ka vakadewataka ena vosa Vakaperitani "There is, however, one other matter which gives us concern, namely our reefs. All reefs have ownership from the past down to the present time; that is clear to us and it is a matter which has often given rise to quarrelling and disputes. We beg of your Majesty (the Governor Sir Arthur Gordon) that they may be registered with our lands or that some regulation be made that the rights of the owners may be fixed on a clear basis as with our lands."

Dina ga ni a kaukauwa sara na sasaga mai vei ira na vulagi se vavalagi ena gauna oya me kakua ni vakavotukana taki na nodra gagadre na noda Turaga, eda vakavinavinaka ena nodra veikauwaitaki na Kovana ena gauna oya o Sir Arthur Gordon se Lord Stanmore ni a vala ena vukudra na noda Turaga ka yaco sara kina me laki vakadonui mai ena Legislative Council na lawa ka Native Land Ordinance xxi. 
Na nodra sasaga me baleta nai qoliqoli e laki vakadeitaki tale ena Bose Vakaturaga ka laki vakayacori mai Nailaga, Ba, enai ka 4 ni Epereli 1881, ka laki vakadewataka kina na Kovana o William Desvouex na nodrai tukutuku na Marama Bale na Ranadi ena vuku ni nodra gagadre na noda Turaga ka vaka kina qoka na nodra mala ni vosa "I have to tell you with regard to your representation on the subject of the reefs, that the matter will be carefully investigated and that it is her Majesty's desire that neither you nor your people should be deprived of any rights in those reefs, which you have enjoyed under your own laws and customs; and I may tell you, on my own part, that measures will be taken for securing to each Mataqali the reefs, which properly belong to it, exactly in the same way as the rest of their land will be secured to them."

Dina ga ni a kaukauwa sara na nodra sasaga na noda Turaga Bale kei na vica na Kovana ka ra veiliutaki ena gauna oya me vakasukai mai na nodai qoliqoli, me vaka ga na noda qele, e mai seva nai naki oya ena kaukauwa ni nodra saqata na sasaga qoka o ira na vulagi (European Setters) me kakua ni vakasukai nai qoliqoli, ka bau laki yacova sara na nodra vakauqeta na Kovana o Sir Im Thurn me volitaki tale na qele ka ra lala tu sega ni tawani, ka mani volitaki sara tale kina e dua nai wase ni qele ni Taukei ka sa vakatokai na Native Grant.
Na mataqali sasaga vata saraga ka ra a cakava na vavalagi ena gauna oya vuna na kena sega ni suka mai nai qoliqoli e a mai basika tale enai 2006 ena gauna ka saga voli kina na Matanitu Veiliutaki nei Qarase me vakasukai tale mai vei keda na nodai qoliqoli. Ke ni vakananuma lesu ena loma ni yabaki 2006 ni bera ni yaco na vuaviri, donumaka na gauna ka sa vakarautaki tiko kina na Qoliqoli Bill, sa dua na ka nona vosa kaukauwa tiko o Bainimarama ena nona saqata na kena vakadonui na Bill qoka ni tukuna ni na rawa ni kauta mai tatawasewase na bill qoka, ka vakayagataka tiko kina o koya na vosa qoka na controversial bill sai koya na Qoliqoli Bill kei na Land Claim Tribunal.

E yaga me matata vei keda na nodai qoliqoli e tiko ga vei keda na dodonu ni vakayagata ka sega ni da taukena (right of usage only and not ownership). Na taukeni ni qoliqoli e se koto ga vua na Matanitu. E vuqa vei keda nai Taukei, na nodrai vurevure saraga ni bula ena veisiga sai koya na nodrai qoliqoli, vakabibi vei ira mai na veiyanuyanu mai na Yatu Lau, Yatu Yasawa kei na so tale na veivanua, ni bera ni qai yaco mai na veivakatorocake taki ni Saravanua. E vuqa vei ira na Otela ena gauna ni kua sa dua sara tu ga nai voli levu vei ira na sara vanua sai koya na kena vakayagataki tiko na nodai qoliqoli me vanua ni nodra mai sarasara ka gade kina na saravanua, ka qai takiveiyaga sara na veika e ra solia vei ira nai taukei ni qoliqoli. 

Yaga talega meda kila, na vuna levu ka saqata vakaukauwa sara kina na bill e rua qoka o Bainimaramara baleta saraga ni ra a tokoni koya tiko e levu sara na dau ni bisinisi lelevu me vakataki Richard Davidson nai taukei ni Turtle Island, Dick Smith nai taukei ni Malolo Lailai, David Gilmore nai taukei Ni Wakaya Island Resort, Graham Southwick nai taukei Fiji Fish Limited kei na Davui Island Resort kei na vuqa tale. Na vakasukai mai ni qoliqoli qoka e sega ni vakatitiqata taki na kena rawa ni vueta cake na noda bula na kawai taukei, ka vakauasivi ni sa qai mai vakataucokotaki kina na noda sa taukena vata na noda qele kei na kenai qoliqoli me vaka ga na nodra gagadre na noda Turaga Bale era sa liu yani. 
E vuqa vei ira na vei otela qoka, era sa rawaka vakailavo sara tikoga mai ena kena vakayagataki tiko na nodai qoliqoli mai vei ira na sara vanua, ka takiveiyaga sara na veika era solia tiko me baleti ira nai taukei dina ni qoliqoli. Qoka sa dua na veivakalolomataki levu, vakabibi vei ira na wekada ka ra vanuinui vakatabakidua sara tu ga vua na nodrai qoliqoli ena ka me baleta na nodra bula ni veisiga. E levu era se tagica tikoga qoka me na dua na gauna me na suka tale kina vei ira na nodrai qoliqoli, ka mera rawa ni bau vakila kina na yaga ni kena sa mai vakayagataki tiko vakatawadodonu no nodrai qoliqoli mai vei ira nai daunibisinisi qoka. 

Na kenai vakaraitaki vinaka sai koya na kena sa takivi tiko na nuku ena gusu ni uciwai na Ba River me laki buli kina na kaukameya. Qoka e dua na cakacaka vakaloloma ni ra rai tikoga nai taukei ni qoliqoli sa lako yani na Kabani me laki cakacaka ena nodrai qoliqoli, na vanua ka ra rawata tiko mai kina na ka me baleta na nodra bula ni veisiga, kei na vakacacani ni nodrai qoliqoli ka sega se takiveiyaga sara nai lavo era na rawata mai ena cakacaka levu sa vakayacori tiko kina qoka me vaka ni se tikoga vua na Matanitu na lewa ni qoliqoli.
Dua tale na tikina sai koya na Land Claim Tribunal, se na Mataveivaqaqai me baleta na Qele Volivakadua se Freehold. A nanuma na Matanitu nei Qarase me tauyavutaka na Mataveivaqaqai qoka me ra vukei kina o ira na wekada ka vakaleqai ena vuku ni kena volitaki vakatawadodonu na nodra qele, ka vuqa vei ira era sa oka tu ena gauna qoka me ra landless unit. 
O Viti e bau dua vei ira na vanua e tiko kina e vuqa na vanua se yanuyanu (freehold) sau levu sara e vuravura. E na 2007, e a okati kina e dua na yanuyanu mai na Yatu Lau ka vakatokai ko Vatuira se Hat Island me yanuyanu sau levu duadua e vuravura ka volitaki tiko ena 75 na milioni nai lavo ni Amerika, vaka kina o Mago Is, Laucala Is, Turtle Is, Wakaya. Qoka e so vei ira na vanua ka ra sa wili tu vaka freehold ena gauna qoka, ra volitaki enai lavo levu sara, ka ra se bula vinaka tu na kenai taukei ia ka sega ni dua na ka era bau rawata mai kina. 

Nai naki ni Mataveivaqaqai qoka se Land Claim Tribunal me vakaqaqa lesu tale na sala cava ka volitaki kina, nai vakadinadina ni kenai taukeni, ke sa laurai nai vakadinadina ni nodra dina na qele ka volitaki ena gaunisala butobuto, sa na qai nonai tavi na matanitu me na raica na sala me na rawa ni ra na vakacegui kina nai taukei ni qele. Ke taukena tu na Matanitu na qele, ia me na vakasuka lesu, ka se taukeni yadudua tu ia mena saumi e dua na umai lavo se compensation me soli vei iratou nai taukei ni qele, qoka ena lako mai ena dua tobu ni lavo ka me vakaraitaka na Matanitu. Na Lawa qoka e vakayavutaki mai kena ka vakayacori tiko mai Niusiladi vei ira na wekada na Maori ka vakatokai tiko na Treaty of Waitangi.
Au druka taka vakalevu sara na nona a tukuna tiko o Bainimarama ni Bill e rua qoka ena kauta ga na tiko yavavala kei na tiko veicati ni Taukei. Ke da vakawilika na Qoliqoli e sega saraga ni bau dua na tikina lailai e koto kina meda rawa ni vakadinata kina na vosa nei Bainimarama ni controversial bill dina na bill e rua qoka. Au rawa ni tukuna ni vakayavutaki nai le kei na rai nei Bainimarama ena dua vanua vovodea sara, sala vata kei na lecaika, nanumi koya vakataki koya, ka sega vua na rai kei na yalo e dodonu me tiko vua e dua nai Taukei me vaka ka laurai vei Laiseni Qarase. 

Au doudou meu tukuna ni da sa calata na Kawai taukei ena dua na gauna kalougata vei keda ena gauna ni nona veiliutaki o Laiseni Qarase. E dolava kina vica na katuba doladola dredre vei dredre vei keda nai taukei, karawa ni dolava talega kina na katuba ni kena laveti cake na nodai vakatagedegede ni bula nai Taukei me laki tautauvata kei ira na vulagi eda sa mai bula veimaliwai tu. Na vuna e au tukuna kina na vosa qoka, ni nona Matanitu duadua ga e a rawata me vakasuka lecu tale vei ira nai taukei ni qele na qele kawaboko kei na qele lutu ena gauna ni Veitarogivanua se State Schedule A kei na State Schedule B land, ka rawa kina ki vei ira e so na wekada ka ra sega ni tu vaqele taki tekivu mai na gauna ni Veitarogivanua ena 1880. Na tikina taucoko o Naloto mai Ba, e ra bula voli ga ena 200 na eka ena loma ni gauna balavu kece oya me yacova sara mai na kena sa qai suka tale vei ira na nodra qele. Dua na gauna marautaki ka vaciriloloma ni da raica na nodra marau na lewe ni Tikina ni sa suka tale yani vei ira na nodra qele. Ka vuqa tale na veivanua era a colata galugalu tu mai dredre vata qoka, ena loma ni vica na Matanitu era sa donumaka, sega tu ni vakacegui rawa na yalodra me yacova mai na gauna nei Qarase. 

Eda sa lako curuma qoka e dua na gauna ka bolei vakalevu sara kina na noda bula na kawai taukei, ka vuqa na taro e da na taroga e na rawa tale beka ni dua nai Liuliu ena duri mai tautauvata kei Qarase me nanuma ka kauwaitaka na noda gagadre nai Taukei ni vanua dina qoka o Viti. E da sa raica votu ena veiliutaki ni Matanitu qoka na nona sa saga me talaraka na ka me baleta na noda bula na kawai taukei, ka sa na rawa ni kauta mai e dua na gauna butobuto ni noda bula vakaveiwekani, ni sa da sa mai wiliki meda sa tautauvata kei ira na vulagi ena vosa na Fijian ka sa sega ni taqomaki vinaka na ka me baleti keda ena Yavu ni Vakavulewa ka sa suguraki tiko mai qoka vei keda na lewenivanua.


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BAINIMARAMA SAYS THEY ARE READY

Bainimarama knows that the mission to the Golan Heights is more dangerous than any others that the RFMF has been sent on but he says they’re “ready”. Veterans who know him say this counts for nothing. 

He has no idea what troops need to be ready for military operations. He’s never been a real soldier. 

From day one as Commander, he’s been a politician undermining politicians and creating divisions in the RFMF. He’s broken relations with our traditional allies and lost valuable training opportunities. 

Let’s hope our boys are ready, because this will be a real test. Let’s also hope they have all the equipment and back-up they need.


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FOR GOLAN, UN POST-COUP RESTRICTION GONE - Fijians Will Vet Themselves.

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 18 -- The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations under Herve Ladsous has waved a previous restriction on using troops from post-coup Fiji.

DPKO now says it is entirely up to Fiji to vet its own troops for "violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law."

Clearly, a coup government would not deem itself to be violating such laws. So Ladsous has undermined this previous UN Peacekeeping safeguard. 

He made a similar mockery of the stated conditionality policy, by continuing to support units of the Congolese Army implicated in 135 rapes in Minova. On July 1, he is set to "blue helmet" soldiers from an army on the UN's list of child soldier recruiters. This is DPKO under Herve Ladsous.

After the coup in Fiji, the UN said it would not use Fijian peacekeepers, post-coup. Later when Inner City Press inquired how Fijians were reportedly traveling to the UNAMI mission in Iraq, UN Associate Spokesperson Farhan Haq told Inner City Press that was not a new deployment, only a "rotation."

Now the UN has recruited peacekeepers from Fiji, still under Josaia Bainimarama, for its decaying mission in Golan, UNDOF. On June 17 Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey if Ban had changed the policy, or determined (contrary to, for example, the Commonwealth) that democracy has been restored in Fiji.

Del Buey replied that he thought the policy was only that Fijian peacekeepers would be vetted. (As noted, that was not the policy.)

Inner City Press asked if these 170 Fijian have been vetted. Del Buey said to "ask DPKO" - the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Today, just before the 3 pm Security Council meeting on the Golan mission UNDOF that the Fijians are joining, the following came in:

Subject: Your question on Fijians in UNDOF
From: UN Spokesperson - Do Not Reply [at] un.org
Date: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM
To: Matthew.Lee [at] innercitypress.com

Regarding your question on Fiji's deployment to the UN Disengagement Observer Force, we have the following to say:

Fiji's deployment to UNDOF will be implemented in line with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations's human rights policy. It is the responsibility of the Government of the Republic of Fiji, as with all troop contributing countries, to ensure that its personnel have not been convicted of, are currently under investigation for, or being prosecuted for any criminal offence, including violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

Fiji will vet itself; the restriction on new deployments of troops from post-coup Fiji has been removed under Ladsous. 

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The situation in Fiji, Fiji is untenable, it has a military dictatorship, they’ve basically issued decrees, decree after decree in fact that closed democratic spaces and trade union freedom.

ILO CONSIDERS INQUIRY INTO WORKERS RIGHTS IN FIJI



Fiji is on the agenda at a meeting of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva.

Earlier this year the military government refused permission for a visit to Fiji by a delegation from the ILO.

Both employer and union groups are reportedly angry at the delegations treatment by Fiji but more so over attempts to stifle the rights of trade unionists in Fiji.

One proposal is the major step of referring Fiji to a Commission of Inquiry.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Sharan Burrow, Head, International Confederation of Trade Unions

BURROW: The situation in Fiji, Fiji is untenable, it has a military dictatorship, they've basically issued decrees, decree after decree in fact that closed democratic spaces and trade union freedom. And of course beyond the issue for working people we've seen the issue of the freedom of the press so none of this can be discussed, absolutely closed off and we've seen a constitutional farce. So there is a case hearing right now in the ILO where employers and workers are standing side by side indicating that it must change, that the Fiji government must actually respect fundamental rights and principles. But there will be a further hearing in the governing body following the conference of the ILO this Friday. And we'll certainly be petitioning for a commission of inquiry. That's if you like the more serious supervisory investigation that the ILO will hold. It is absolutely unbelievable that the government would refuse to have a mission from the ILO. In fact today they've made the farcical suggestion that they might let them in December but of course it would be on changed conditions. They're telling an international body that they might be able to come and that they would have to submit to the conditions of a military dictator, that's simply not acceptable.


COUTTS: Well how did Fiji get on to the agenda of this international labour organisation, was it the ILO itself or the trade unions, you, who put Fiji on the agenda for this meeting?

BURROW: Well we clearly put Fiji on the agenda, the case list is negotiated between the employers and the workers represented in a tripartite UN body, the International Labour Organisation. What happens is that we respect the independent jurists, the committee of experts' case list. But the workers and employers add to that and then there's a tribunal if you like whereby the cases are heard, the employers and the workers negotiate a conclusion, and those conclusions are then respected across the tripartite system. So it's a very serious procedure, it is in fact the pre-eminent supervisory mechanism of the International Labour Organisation and only the very worst cases of violation are able to be heard given that you actually get to hear about 25 cases in any one year.

COUTTS: With respect Sharan I mean it's widely known the points that you've made and the allegations levelled at Fiji. So what outcomes are you hoping to get from this ILO organisation in Brussels and does it have any teeth, what can they do anyway?

BURROW: Well it certainly has teeth, does it instantly resolve the situation? No. But most governments will negotiate to actually not be on the list, to resolve their problems through negotiation. Clearly that's not the case with the Fiji military government. And so the international community will hear the issues, they'll make their decisions, it goes on the record and sometimes it takes a little while. But we're celebrating rebuilding fundamental rights and freedoms in Burma and the ILO was instrumental to see that the pressure was maintained until you saw democratic rights and freedoms back in that country. And of course we'll continue to do the same in regards to Fiji.

COUTTS: Well it went viral the savage beating by the Fiji police, the police are still investigating, that was four months ago and there's still no outcome. Is that kind of issue being brought up by you at this meeting?

BURROW: It will certainly be referred to as a contextual frame to establish the nature of this government. The issue of course here are within the mandate and construction of the ILO, which is indeed how dedicated to labour rights. So to the extent that the ILO can act on that particular act of torture, that's not their jurisdiction. But like any case those things provide a context for establishing just how significant the violation of human labour rights are in the context of working people in this case in Fiji.

COUTTS: Well the ILO have an axe to grind at this meeting being chucked out last time and may be allowed in again in December?

BURROW: Well it's certainly an absolute indication of disrespect to a UN body, it's without too many precedents around the world, governments mightn't like the fact that they're being investigated but I think most accept that when there is a serious high level mission, when there are mechanisms like the hearing in the committee on the application of standards that the implications are serious. This week alone to give you an example we've actually reaffirmed the commitment to negotiations around security, around prosecutions and around the implementation of fundamental rights in Guatemala. Now that's a very difficult country environment, but the ambassador, a labour minister, ourselves we sit down and reaffirm our commitment to make that happen and it'll be supervised leading up to November. We were able to actually cut a deal with the Brazillian government around indigenous labour. So these are serious areas of work, and for Fiji to actually shut down fundamental rights for working people, to not allow the freedoms that are enshrined in international law and then to deny access for a high level mission to investigate to look to negotiating solutions, this is a very serious breach of international performance and behaviour in regards with respect for the standards that are international law.

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FIJI'S LYING ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER FOR JUSTICE 

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum lied to United States Immigration. What other Government has he lied to since becoming the illegal A-G and Minister for Justice?
"The USG revoked Sayed-Khaiyum's 10-year visa in early 2007, notifying him by phone and letter. Interestingly, on the transit-visa application, Sayed-Khaiyum checked the box indicating he had never had a U.S. visa revoked." Ambassador Dinger to Washington


Wikileaks has released new batch of cables including those sent from the US Embassy in Fiji to Washington. One of the cables dated 11 May 2008 from US ambassador Larry Dinger to Washington reveal that Fiji's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum had lied on his US visa immigration form. We will let the cable speak to us:

"Fiji's interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum phoned Suva media from Vienna on Friday, May 9, to make public his unhappiness at Embassy Suva having denied him a visa to transit Los Angeles to and from a U.N conference in Vienna. He also complained that the U.S. denial came at "the eleventh hour." Sayed-Khaiyum said the interim government (IG) is filing a complaint with the UN in New York. We provide background.

THE ACTUAL STORY 

Embassy Suva received a dipnote from Fiji MFA on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 30, seeking transit visas of LA for May 6 and 9/10 to facilitate Sayed-Khaiyum's attendance at a meeting in Vienna of the Expanded Pilot Review Group on the implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption.

The same afternoon, we informed EAP/ANP of the request and sought Washington's response, given that Sayed-Khaiyum is on the Fiji post-coup visa-sanction list. (Note: The USG revoked Sayed-Khaiyum's 10-year visa in early 2007, notifying him by phone and letter. Interestingly, on the transit-visa application, Sayed-Khaiyum checked the box indicating he had never had a U.S. visa revoked.)

On the morning of Friday, May 2, EAP/ANP provided Washington's response to deny the visa. We immediately phoned MFA and followed up with a dipnote, delivered the same day. On Monday, May 5, Sayed-Khaiyum phoned the Embassy and had a polite conversation with DCM Mann, who confirmed the USG denial of the transit-visa request.

U.S. POLICY re UN-RELATED VISA REQUESTS 

To the best of our knowledge, USG policy on UN-related visas for those on the Fiji visa-sanction list is to allow an exception in those cases where travel is to New York or elsewhere in the U.S. for UN business, acknowledging a U.S. obligation under the UN headquarters agreement.
Similarly, the USG has permitted travel to Washington for World Bank/IMF meetings. In Sayed-Khaiyum's case, the meeting was not in the U.S. but in Vienna; and, as he has demonstrated, he had an alternative route to get there: via Seoul.

MEDIA COVERAGE AND REACTIONS

Fiji media have given Sayed-Khaiyum's public complaint reasonable coverage. Over the weekend, Embassy Suva responded to media requests for comment by noting that USG visa sanctions on interim government ministers remain in place. We have not yet commented on the UN angle, though we did so in the past in relation to interim PM Bainimarama's attendance at the UNGA last September.

From what we hear, Sayed-Khaiyum's revelation that the USG denied the visa has given heart to a number of opponents of the IG, who rightly perceive Sayed-Khaiyum to be one of the IG's mostoutspoken defenders of restraints on human-rights. Such restraints have included deportation of media publishers and, for some Fiji citizens, restraints on travel abroad.

One blog noted over the weekend that last year the IG (Sayed-Khaiyum) refused to permit travel by a Fiji-citizen employee of the UN's Suva office to a UN conference in Tonga. DINGER"

By VICTOR LAL

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THE 1876 NATIVE AFFAIRS ORDINANCE - FIJIAN ADMINISTRATION- MATANITU I TAUKEI 


It is critical that we know first the beginning & reason for the Fijian administration ,otherwise known as Matanitu I Taukei , before we ask what are its current roles & whether it has departed from its initial purpose & why.

But before that, what are the current views of the international community on such a concept of a semi autonomous native government existing within a western style administration. Those views are contained in the ILOC169 & the 2007 UNDRIP.

The ILOC169 says generally that language, custom, tradition, customary institutions,land etc must be protected. The 2007 UNDRIP is more specific in sayin that where it affects local affairs they must have their autonomous body @ to be directly responsible for it & it's finances. But back to the 1876 Ordinace . 

It is vaguely based on cl7 of the Deed of Cession that say the interest of the chiefs must be protected but it is more the result of Gordon's vision for native Fijians & he made sure he enacted it into law before left for NZ .

According to him, imposing a white system of goverent will wipe away thei language, custom & identity & so he said ...." The wisest cause to pursue would be to preserve, as far as possible the native Organisation s of village communities, to uphold the authority of the chiefs and the local councils and generally to maintain existing native laws & customs, modifying them where necessary , but working through native agency" He passed into law in 1876 the native affairs ordinance & created for us all the Matanitu I Taukei or Fijian Administration.

At its head is the Great Council of Chiefs, its executive arm is the Native/Fijian affairs Board, it's regional body are the Provincial Councils and local authorities are the Vanua / Tikina and village/koto.

It's role is to preserve and regulate custom and facilitate change. Examples of custom being maintained & regulated preserving the uniqueness of Fijian identity, it's culture & values is the 1848 Native Affairs Regulations that say that a chief can be suspended for acting unlawfully or negligently ,a person can be ordered to clean village drains, a person can be prosecuted for not planting & indiscriminate burning.Examples of laws passed to encourage economic progression are the native tax ordinance & native labour ordinance.

But 1948 was along time ago & the Fijian administration has gone through dramatic changes 
It was only maintained after the Burns commission recommended it'd abolition after Ratu Sir Penaia pleaded it to be maintained because it was left there by Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna

The Fijian Administration continues to exist to day,with little or no control of the chiefs ,more as a government agency to peddle its views & policies to the native population.But more on that later.

More on: http://www.fijinativetribalcongress.com/

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"Pamphlets condemning the “good work” of the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama-led government is not considered “fair” in Fiji Politics?"

CALL FOR FAIR CAMPAIGNING


The Prime Minister’s Office has called on registered political parties to be fair when campaigning for the 2014 general election.

The Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Lieutenant-Colonel Pio Tikoduadua, made the call after they had seen pamphlets and written statements distributed widely condemning the good work of the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama-led government.

He said a team from the Prime Minister’s Office had been going around countering the half-truths and lies that had been told to the people.

“Why can’t they speak the truth,” Lieutenant-Colonel Tikoduadua asked.

He said some of the registered political parties had taken advantage of the draft constitution and had criticised certain sections.

One particular section they had criticised was iTaukei land ownership.

Lieutenant-Colonel Tikoduadua during his meetings in villages in Tailevu North and Wainibuka clarified the wrong interpretations about land ownership.

He said it was time that all should work together to move the country forward and to approach issues with an open mind for the benefit of future generations.


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Dictator Bainimarama's Recent "Cap in Hand" Trip to China can only be described as:


"What a load of pathetic platitudes, self pity and who are "my people" when he has no legitimate mandate to be even making the speech to the Chinese President! Yet all that escapes the man - what an embarrassment to a nation and peoples far smarter than him and his regime. A walking joke of a PM by all measures one can think of! 

It is no wonder he needed three other treasonous military officers to accompany him meet the Chinese (Teleni, Seruiratu and Leweni). The extra muscle, not brains, was required to help carry the deep "begging bowl" presented to the Chinese. Anyone reading his begging speech can only marvel at the finesse and heartfelt platitudes sprinkled throughout and it will be a miracle if the Chinese did not feel moved to oblige the Dictator with his wants. 

Fiji will continue to adopt a begging culture the longer he remains in power! 2013 is Year of Regime Change and Dictator Bainimarama must be removed from his treasonous perch to salvage Fiji and its people. Otherwise he will continue to claim all as "my people" when only a handful we know are happy to be label so.

Sai Lealea


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MELBOURNE WOMAN DIE AT CWM HOSPITAL - Think twice?

A 56 year old Melbourne woman died at the CWM hospital in Suva after she was admitted there 3 weeks ago. The woman was admitted on Sunday night on 05/05/2013 but died shortly after on Monday the next day.

 
The woman was in Fiji with her husband and other relatives from overseas to observe the 1 year anniversary of her younger sister who died around the same time last year.

Her husband has blamed her death to sheer negligence by doctors at the hospital who failed to quickly identify the cause of her illness. He said that doctors were not really listening to him as he tried so hard to explain his wife’s medical history and medication that he had with him but instead his wife was put on drip and nil by mouth until his wife could not even have the strength to talk to him while he sat by her bed.

The husband is now back in Melbourne still mourning the sudden death of his wife.



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AN INSULT TO THE VANUA O REWA



Bainimarama in his capacity as self-appointed Minister for iTaukei Affairs has appointed Uraia Waibuta as Chairman of the Rewa provincial Council to replace their elected Chairman, Na Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi. This is a calculated insult to both democracy and Fijian custom, proving that Bainimarama cares for neither. By accepting this appointment, Uraia Waibuta is aiding and abetting this insult to his province and his high chief.

Uraia Waibuta was appointed by the Regime leader and illegal Minister for iTaukei Affairs Voreqe Bainimarama in an announcement made in Nailili, Rewa on April 11. In that announcement, Bainimarama said that Waibuta will bring a lot of good changes to the Council as he is well versed with Government’s strategy. He further said that it’s good that senior civil servants are appointed to the post as the 
provincial council is a government body.

Uraia Waibuta was at the Tikina o Noco meeting at Nabudrau, Noco on Monday 13th, the first after a lapse of one and a half year. 
Before the meeting, he visited the Marama Bale Na Roko Tui Dreketi only to be told that “it is easy for the Marama to accept Nadilo (a village in Rewa) while hard to accept a representative of the current Regime.” 


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LTA BOSS MADE TO LOOK STUPID ON E-TICKET INDECISION


The illegal AG’s changing decisions on the e-ticketing implementation has made the Land Transport Authority look stupid on orders that they have been barking out for bus companies to comply with and due dates imposed.
He has succumbed to the bus owner’s plea to open up the market and give them the choice to choose which provider they want. 

The decision wouldn’t have come easy had there been a smooth glitch free system developed by Vodafone. Now that Vodafone has taken over management of PNG mobile phone carrier BeMobile, they have easily let the e-ticketing market go wide open to concentrate on the management of BeMobile in PNG.as it is easy and more viable to concentrate on it’s core role of providing mobile connectivity to the people rather than diversifying and tapping into unknown markets which can prove an economic risk after all.

Digicel should tread carefully and evaluate the market as it has taken Vodafone more than 1 year to even get started. The bus transport infrastructure available where the system is to sit on to enable inoperability is still outdated and they may end up using millions of dollars on something that will never work in the end. 

To simplify the work of systems developers, there need to be changes and restructuring of the whole bus transport operation network. This will include the demarcations of all routes taken into stages where the system can recognize travel distances and required fares to be charged accordingly. It might even force the bus operation to be partly owned or fully owned by Government just to streamline the operation of the system.

Government has intervened to open up the back and front end e-ticketing solution provider market, to Vodafone, Digicel and other new entrants, within the next three months. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said regulations which will set out e-ticketing standards for bus operators should be gazetted at the earliest by this Friday.
A three month time-frame from the date the regulation is gazetted is being given for bus operators to choose which e-ticketing solution provider they will use, and those without machines are to have them installed.

This indecision by the illegal AG and illegal Minister of Transport speaks volumes of his lack of understanding of the system but pretending to know what is going on. A Mister KNOW It All.

Kacivaka Na Dina.

More on: 
http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=1405130bd63bce7df56c1d324b56dd

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16762114/png-and-fiji-seal-vodafone-deal/


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INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE GIVES OK FOR INVESTIGATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE IN FIJI

(Bainimarama and Company - your days are numbered)



A group of private investigators will be arriving in Fiji on the 27th of this month to carry out investigations regarding Human Rights Abuse in Fiji. The 101 page application outlining complaints of abuse was lodged by the International Law Commission and Amnesty International. It is known that the report from International Law Commission was lodged by Sir Michael Wood, a member of the Commission.

Sir Michael Wood was the principal Legal Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1999 and 2006. During 35 years as a lawyer in the FCO, he attended many international conferences, including the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea. He now practices as a barrister from chambers at 20 Essex Street, in London. Sir Michael Wood gave evidence to the Iraq Inquiry in November 2009 and in January 2010, in which he stated that he advised Jack Straw, then Foreign Secretary, that the invasion of Iraq was illegal without a second United Nations resolution. He was Principal Legal Advisor at International Court of Justice advisory opinion on Kosovo's declaration of independence.

The Fiji Regime leaders when informed asked for the investigation to be deferred because they are working hard on trying to get the registrations to the election right as most people have not registered after the close of the registration period. Their request was turned down as the order has come from the International Court of Justice. The International Court of Justice (commonly referred to as the World Court or ICJ) is the primary judicial branch of the United Nations. It is based in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. Its main functions are to settle legal disputes submitted to it by states and to provide advisory opinions on legal questions submitted to it by duly authorized international branches, agencies, and the UN General Assembly.

The Private investigators will be interviewing families and individuals named in the report to have been abused by those working for the dictator physically and mentally. They will cover the whole of Fiji going to places where these families and individuals are from the Rabaka family in Nadi, Naboro prison where George Speight and gang are kept including Ballu Khan’s associates who are being held as political prisoners, all those in Suva and Nausori including CRW soldiers and families of murdered CRW soldiers, Verebasaga’s family right up to Vanua Levu to interview those like Ratu Naiqama, Col Ilisoni Ligairi and the Lau group including ousted Prime Minister Mr Laisenia Qarase. 

The team of four investigators will be spending seven weeks in Fiji to thoroughly conduct their investigation accompanied by TV crew members to capture video interviews and gather evidences and also their own personnel security guards. Their investigative report will be handed back to the Council for deliberation and decision on whether there is proof of human rights abuse for the case to be put together and to proceed further. 

When pressed on what if the investigators are stopped from entering Fiji if they claim their sovereignty? KND was told that “this is the World Court; no one can stop it if it wants to move in. If they try and stop us then ICJ will recommend that UN Peace Keepers be sent in to ensure that the work of our investigators is carried out without hindrance from the Regime."

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AIR FIJI ACCUSED OF TRAFFICKING SHARK FINS



Fiji's national carrier has been accused by activists of hypocrisy for backing conservation for public relations while flying fins to HK. International airline Air Pacific – soon to be rebranded as Fiji Air – has been exposed as one of the world’s major carriers of shark fins into Hong Kong.
A coalition of environmental groups claim in a letter to the airline that a “substantial amount” of the shark fins imported into Hong Kong arrive on Air Pacific.

South China Morning Post (SCMP) said suspicions were raised in March by a speech given by Hong Kong Secretary for Transport Anthony Cheung Bing-leung at a welcoming reception for a new Airbus A330 on the airline's Hong Kong route.
"There were only 45 tonnes of cargo being carried between Hong Kong and Fiji in 2009. By the end of last year, the cargo volume was close to 1000 tonnes,” he said in what the publication said was a reference to shark fins.
"Thanks to the close aviation links, we in Hong Kong can now enjoy various kinds of seafood products from the South Pacific as Fiji is one of the major exporters of fish and fishery products to Hong Kong."

More on: 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/8676422/Airline-exposed-as-shark-fin-trafficker

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NA NODA YAVU KEI NA VEIKA E SA MAI TALARAKI VEI KEDA.


Kenai kuri......

3. VANUA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LIMITED



Au nanuma meu vakuria nai takitaki eda sa rogoci oti tiko ena ulutaga me baleta na Kabani ka tauyavu taka na NLTB ka vakatokai na VDCL se Vanua Development Corporation Limited. Au sa vakaraitaka tiko mai ena vica na noqui tukutuku sa oti na kena vinakati na nona tu vakataki koya na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi se na nona Independent. E na nodra rai na Turaga na Tui Nayau sa bale me tu vakataki koya na Matabose, ka kakua ni vakararavi ki na Matanitu ena ka me baleta na kedrai sau nai vakalesilesi, ka me yacova sara na gauna me sa kakua talega ni qai musuka na nodrai lavo nai taukei ni qele ka dau vakayagataki me cicivaki kina na Matabose ena administration kei na operational cost beka ena kena vosa vakaperitani. Ka ra cavuta kina na Turaga Na Tui Nayau na vosa qoka “We need a fitter and leaner NLTB”. E dua na Matabose ka tuvaki vakavinaka tu enai vakarau ni veiqaravi kei na nona bula vakailavo.

E dua na veiveisau levu se restructure a mai vakayacora na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi ena 1998 ni ra se veiliutaki tiko kina ena Matabose e cake na Turaga na Tui Nayau sa bale Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, era mai kacivaka kina me vakayacori na veiveisau qoka ena Matabose me rawa ni solia kina vua na galala me tu vaka taki koya, ka vakavinaka taka talega kina na nona veiqaravi na Matabose. Ni bera na veiveisau qoka, a dau solia tiko mai na Matanitu Levu na kedrai sau nai vakalesilesi. Ena kena vinakati me vakadeitaki na tu vakataki koya ni Matabose sa mani cegu kina na kena solia tiko mai na Matanitu nai sau ni tamata cakacaka, ka vakalailai taki talega na poundage ka dau musuka tiko na Matabose mai vei ira nai taukei ni qele.
Qoka na vanua e basika se sucu mai kina na vakanananu me sa tauyavu taki kina e dua na kabani ni Matabose ni Qele Maroroi ka me rawa ni vukei na kena cicivaki vakailavo na Matabose ka kakua ni vakararavi tale tiko kina Matanitu se ki na nodrai lavo nai Taukei ni Qele. 

Na gauna e bucini kina na kabani qoka me yacova mai ni Vuaviri ena 2006, sa cici vinaka sara tu ga mai ka vica nai yau lelevu vinaka sara ka sau taukena tiko mai ka rawa i lavo vinaka tiko mai kina. E dua na vale ka taukena tiko sai koya na vale toka veibasai kei na Ratu Sukuna House ka toka ravita na Air Pacific House, ka dua na vale e ra levu sara era a saga me ra taukena me baleta tikoga na veika e rawata tiko na vale qoka. Bau dua vei ira na vinakata na vale qoka, e dua na noqui tokani voleka sara, ka rawati koya vinaka sara tu vakabisinisi a bau saga talega me volia na vale qoka. Qoka na vanua ka sa rai tiko kina na Matabose me kau mai kina na veika me na rawa ni qaravi ka cicivaki vakavinaka na nona veiqaravi ka me rawa ni sotavi vinaka kina na nodra gagadre nai taukei ni qele.

Na noqu rai, na veika kece sa mai cakava tiko qoka na Matanitu suguraki me baleta na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi, sa sala tikoga ni nona saga me talaraki vakadua kina na NLTB. Na vuna qoka;
1. Sa veisau na tuvatuva ni Veiliutaki ni Matabose e Cake se na Board, me kau laivi kina na Turaga na Peresitedi, ka sa veiliutaki ga na Chairman sa i koya na Minister ni Fijian Affairs, sa kau tani kina na Independent se tu vakataki koya ni Matabose, ka sa na vakarorogo vakatabakidua na Matanitu e Veiliutaki baleta nai tutu vaka Chairman e veidigitaki kina na Matanitu, ka da sa vakasigalevu sara tu ga na veika ena rawa ni yaco ena loma ni Matabose ena vuku ni veidigitaki vaka Politiki qoka se political appointment qoka.
2. Na kenai karua na kena sa laki tauyavu tale e dua na Valenivolavola qoka na Land Use Unit ka laki tokarua taki ga kina na cakacaka ni Matabose, ia na ka ga e vaka rerevaki kina na veika kece e na yaco ena loma ni Valenivolavola qoka e vakatulewa vakatabaki dua saraga kina na Prime Minister, e dua talega nai tutu vaka Politiki, sa na qai tu i vei na noda dodonu nai taukei ni qele kei na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi.
3. Na kena mai veisau nai vakarau ni votai nai lavo ni lisi, qoka e dua na cakacaka ena kauta ga mai na noda na tiko vakaca kina nai taukei ni qele, ka na vakavuna na duidui, tatawasewase ka vakavuna sara na mavoa kei na leqa ni noda bula vakaitikotiko ena loma ni nodai Tokatoka, Mataqali, Yavusa, kei na Vanua.
4. Mai talaraki qoka na VDCL koya ka nanumi me na vukea vakailavo na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi ena veigauna mai muri, ka me rawa ni ra sa na taura kece vakadua na nodrai lavo ni lisi nai taukei ni qele, ka kakua ni na qai vanuinui tale tiko kina Matabose.
5. Na kenai kalima ka bibi sara oya na kena sa sega ni qai wili na Lawa ni Qele se na Native Land Trust Act kei na Lawa ni Veitarogivanua se Native Lands Act me dua na lawa taqomaki ena loma ni Yavu ni Vakavulewa sa mai suguraki tiko qoka vei keda me da ciqoma, ka sa vakarawarawa taki wale tuga na kena na sala me vakayacori kina na veiveisau ena loma ni lawa qoka. Me vaka eda kila na Yavu ni Vakavulewa ni 1997 e maroroi ka taqomaki vinaka tu kina vei lawa qoka, ka sega ni ka rawarawa na kena dau vakayacori na veiveisau ena lawa qoka. E vinakati saraga kina rua nai katolu se two third majority ena Vale ni Bose Lawa se Parliament me veivakadonui kina, ka gadrevi talega e lewe ciwa mai na 14 na Mata mai na Bose Levu Vakaturaga ena Seneti me veikadonui kina ni bera ni qai rawa ni vakayacori na veiveisau e gadrevi.
E da baci rogoca tiko ena macawa sa oti na nona laki lasutaki ira tiko na lewenivanua taukei ni qele mai Wainimala na Prime Minister ni tukuna vei ira ni taqomaki vinaka tu na veika me baleta na Lawa ni noda Qele nai taukei. Qoka e dua nai vakarau ni vakalaboci levu me lasutaki ira tiko na lewe ni vanua vakabibi vei keda nai Taukei Ni Qele. Ke maroroi vinaka tu na veika me baleta na noda qele, na cava a vuna qai yaco vakarawarawa tu kina na veiveisau kece ni lawa sa mai vakayacori oti ena Matabose, ka sa kila vinaka tu ni ra a sega saraga ni bau kila se vakaitavi kina nai taukei ni qele kece e Viti. 

Na kena laki tauyataki tu na Land Use Unit Decree, ra qai laki vakayarayara taki tiko mai nai taukei ni qele me ra kauta yani kina na nodra qele me laki biu ena nona Land Bank o Bainimarama, ka ra sega tu ni kila na kenai taukei na leqa ena kauta mai ni sa oka e loma ni lawa qoka na nodra qele. Ni sa na kau tani kina na nodra dodonu vakaitaukei ni qele, ka ra na sega talega ni vakatarai vakalawa me kauta vakaveilewai e dua na ka vakayacori kina kara sega ni taleitaka. Kenai kuri ena kena sega ni matata tu na gauna cava ena rawa ni kau laivi mai kina ena loma ni Land Bank qoka na nodra qele dina madaga ke sa cava na lisi.

Vei kemuni nai taukei ni qele ni yalo vinaka ni rai sara vakayalomatua, ka nanuma vinaka tiko qoka, ke mani lakolako wavoki tale yani na e dua vei ira nai vakalesilesi se na Prime Minister saraga, ni yalo vinaka ni tarogi koya ena vica na taro qoka;
a) Na cava na vuna sa mai kau laivi kina na Turaga na Peresitedi mai na Matabose e Cake ni NLTB, sega madaga ni bau tukuni se vakamacalataki vei keda na vuna, se cava na noda nanuma ni bera ni vakayacori na veisau?
b) Na cava sa ruirui mai rawarawa kina qoka na kena vakayacori na veisau ni Lawa ni Qele ni vakatautauvata taki kei na gauna se bera ni yaco kina na vuaviri.
c) Na cava na vuna sa sega ni taqomaki kina na noda Lawa ni Qele ena Yavu ni Vakavulewa vou me vaka na kena ka koto mai ena Yavu ni Vakavulewa ni 1997. 
d) Na cava na vuna e tauyavu tale kina na Land Use Unit.
e) Na cava e vakatabui kina vakalawa me dua e kauta ena Mataveilewai na veika e ra sa na vakayacori ena vei uma qele qoka ka ra sa na wili ena Land Bank, ni vakatautauvata taki kei na lisi se veivakatorocake taki e solia na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi, e tu na dodonu vu nai taukei ni qele me kauta vakaveilewai e dua na ka e sega ni talei taka ka vakayacori ena nodra uma qele.
f) Sa na qai tu i vei na nodra dodonu nai taukei ni qele ena gauna sa oka kina na nodra uma qele ena Land Bank. 
Au sa kerei keda nai taukei ni qele meda yalo vinaka ka dikevi vakamatailalai sara na veika sa vakayacori tiko qoka me baleta na noda qele, ka da kakua ni galu se rere me da taroga na Matanitu ena veika sa vakayacori tiko qoka. Da nanuma ira na noda kawa mai muri, na qele e sega ni noda ga na bula donumaka na gauna qoka, e noda kei ira na noda kawa ena vei siga ni mataka.


E na qai tomana tale yani, ni qai vakarorogo tiko mai kina Kacivaka na Dina.

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DOCTORS AND NURSES RISK THEIR LIVES ON SYRIA WAR DEPLOYMENT

The RFMF and Ministry of Health personnel’s have been assigned tour of duty to the war torn Syria that is today experiencing a civil war with ongoing armed conflict between forces loyal to the Syrian Ba'ath Party government and those seeking to oust it.

Those to be deployed have undergone medical board on Monday 29th April and consists of 2 doctors and 8 nurses from the Ministry of Health. They are due to march in to camp on Monday the 6th of April and will undergo 2 weeks of Military training before flying off on the first week of June. 

They are currently going through orientation at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks and will be issued with dogtags and uniforms. Information received said that the Military was surprised to know that the doctors and nurses will be joining them on this risky assignment.

“A memo was sent out by Major Ned Taito, the General Manager at CWM Hospital to the Managers of CWM, Lautoka and Labasa Hospitals in Fiji on the 19th of April from the Minister of Health advising them of this tour of duty and for them to fill their names on the matrix and that was it”, said the source that wished to remain anonymous. The matrix contained sections where they have to fill in their Names, Date of birth, Date of appointment, Years of service and what post they applying for.

Leading the Medical Group is Anaesthesia Consultant CWMH Dr Luke Nasedra and includes:
- Orthopaedic Registra Dr Mark Rokobuli,
- Anaesthetic tech Joe,
- Nurses-ICU CWM( Sera Buke and Lusi Cirikiyasawa), Theatre CWM (Serafina Turaga/ Kalesi Tuipolotu), General Ward-Nolau Lutunatabua/Sereana , Theatre Lautoka Losena Adimaimua, ICU Lautoka-Inosa Naivalu

The conflict in Syria began on 15 March 2011, with popular demonstrations that grew nationwide by April 2011. These demonstrations were part of the wider Middle Eastern protest movement known as the Arab Spring. Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971, as well as the end to over four decades of Ba'ath Party rule.In April 2011, the Syrian Army was deployed to quell the uprising, and soldiers were ordered to open fire on demonstrators. After months of military sieges, the protests evolved into an armed rebellion. Opposition forces, mainly composed of defected soldiers and civilian volunteers, became increasingly armed and organized as they unified into larger groups. However, the rebels remained fractured, without organized leadership. The Syrian government characterizes the insurgency as an uprising of "armed terrorist groups and foreign mercenaries". The conflict has no clear fronts, with clashes taking place in many towns and cities across the country. 


Photo: Bombed-out vehicles after street fighting in Aleppo, October 2012

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KHAIYUM ANSWER ON LAND ISSUE LACKING FACTS



When answering the call by Fijian academic Paula Raqeukai for Fijian land rights to be written into the constitution Khaiyum claimed land swaps, where native land was swapped with state land as a way of turning freehold land back into native land, allowed Governments “to profit at the expense of iTaukei landowners”. Where is his proof about these profits at the expense of landowners? Give us some facts about the landswap at Denarau? Give us facts Khaiyum, not these claims. The swaps were made with the consent of landowners, with the aim of increasing the value of their land for leasing. What really irks Khaiyum is that land which was once freehold has been returned to iTaukei owners.

Read below Mr Paula Raqeukai’s submission made both orally and written to the GDC panel on the night of Tuesday 23 April 2013 at the Rishkul High School, Valelevu…:

Submission by Paula Raqeukai, commoner of the Vunisekoula family, tribesman of Nakadruma/Teiteiciva, a subject of the “Tui Vanua Levu - Vanua Kingdom”, in the District of Saqani, Cakaudrove Province on behalf of the Local Modernist Conservatism Indigenous Peoples (Both Kai Viti-“itaukei”, Moderate Indo-Fijians and Others) of the Republic of the Fiji Islands.

1.0 United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples

I submit that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) be stated in the Preamble of the Constitution as the basis of the relationship of the state and the nation with the indigenous Fijian people. Note the Declaration below and my comments in italics/ bold. Note that Fijian in this submission refers to indigenous Fijian as in the Fijian Affairs Act; because it’s current use by the regime is without the indigenous people’s consent i.e. “Fijian” includes every member of an aboriginal race indigenous to Fiji and also includes every member of an aboriginal race indigenous to Melanesia, Micronesia or Polynesia living in Fiji who has elected to live in a Fijian village; (Fijian Affairs Act, definitions).

The main reasons that the native Fijian people are insisting that the Declaration be recognized in the Constitution and be implemented are as follows:

•The native Fijians, the indigenous people of Fiji, as the people occupying and owning this land of Fiji prior to European contact, whose chiefs, ceded Fiji to Great Britain in 1874, are a distinct people whose ancestral home is Fiji, with their own distinct language, traditional governance structures, chiefs, social systems, ownership systems, communal lands (90% of Fiji), villages, traditional fishing grounds, waterways and estuaries, forests and other natural resources; exist and continue to exist and perpetuate ourselves in this land Fiji; irrespective of the political circumstances which come and go from 1874 to today 2012; the indigenous Fijian people are here forever as a distinct and self conscious entity,,,,,,, as recognized in the Declaration and International Conventions;

• States can suppress indigenous human rights as is happening now in Fiji;

• The military, even though made up of native Fijians (80%-90%), can be an instrument of suppression by a dictator and by the state to suppress / marginalize indigenous human rights;

• The events of 2006 to date have taught us the Fijian people that there is no guarantee of security in our own ancestral lands hence the need for protection from state/ military / corporate/ business/rogue capitalist and non indigenous alliances;

• Fiji is on a 3 legged stool made up of the government, the vanua (indigenous Fijian society including customary tangible and intangible land values) and the church. When these 3 are in harmony all is well. This proposal will bring harmony to the 3 legged stool and stability, prosperity and peace to Fiji;

• The existence of the indigenous people of Fiji (the Fijians or Kai Viti) is a fact and cannot be brushed aside or denied. Its denial will be the sunset clause of the indigenous peoples of Fiji as contained by Aiyaz Sayed Kaiyum’s famous thesis in Hong Kong. This must be recognized in the Constitution for the future benefits of the indigenous peoples of this land and of course to maintain harmony with all citizens of the land.

The GDC is silent on land and indigenous rights, which has several implications. First, there is no constitutional protection for any law on native Fijians or iTaukei, Banaban and Rotuman land and governance. In contrast, the 1997 and 2012 drafts provided special entrenched protections for key laws, including the Native Lands Act or iTaukei Lands Act, Native Land Trust Act or iTaukei Land Trust Act, Rotuman Lands Act, Banaban Lands Act and Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Act. Thus the followings are clearly stated in the current GDC:

(i) Under the GDC, all these laws may be amended by a simple majority in Parliament;

(ii) Second, there is no recognition of ‘customary law,’ so it is no longer protected as it was in 1997 and 2012 and contradicts the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, passed on 13th September 2007, which the Fiji Government under the present leadership regime of Voreqe Bainimarama ratified;

(iii) Third, there is no constitutional requirement that land owners or customary fishing rights beneficiaries receive an equitable share of royalties to mineral exploitation;

(iv) Last, the government has no constitutional duty to consult with land owners for any development projects. 

The GDC does include the 2012 right to a clean and healthy environment and freedom from the arbitrary expropriation of property (however the GDC adds several new grounds for expropriation of property

Recommendation:

The suggested Clause in the Constitution to read:

“This Constitution gives effect to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as adopted by the sixty first session of the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007, and that all necessary measures and actions are taken by the state, the Fijian people and all Fiji Islanders to ensure its full dissemination, recognition and implementation”.

Please be reminded that this Declaration does not affect other Fiji Citizens in any way and in fact recognizes and respects all international human rights conventions. This Declaration is merely a protective instrument for the indigenous Fijian people. It is their indigenous human right.

Please note the content of the Declaration and my comments (in bold and italics) as follows:

The General Assembly, Taking note of the recommendation of the Human Rights Council contained in its resolution 1/2 of 29 June 2006, by which the Council adopted the text of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Recalling its resolution 61/178 of 20 December 2006, by which it decided to defer consideration of and action on the Declaration to allow time for further consultations thereon, and also decided to conclude its consideration before the end of the sixty-first session of the General Assembly, Adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as contained in the annex to the present resolution. 107th plenary meeting 13 September 2007

http://www.fijilive.com/news/2013/04/constitution-should-recognise-indigenous-rights-academic/53730.Fijilive

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NA NODA YAVU KEI NA VEIKA E SA MAI TALARAKI VEI KEDA.

Kenai kuri......

2. LAND USE DECREE 2010

Nai karua ni ulutaga au via vakadeuca vei keda sai koya na Land Use Decree 2010, ka sa mai tauyavutaka tale kina e dua na tabana ni veiqaravi na Matanitu Suguraki qoka ka vakatokai na Land Use Unit. Na Land Use Unit qoka sa mai tauyavutaki me raica na kena vakatoroicake taki na qele ni matanitu kei qele ni taukei ka sega tu ni vakayagataki se vakatorocaketaki (unused native/state land) me lisi taki vei ira na dau ni vakaduri bisinisi mai vanua tani, ka ra vinakata mera laki vakaduri bisinisi ki Viti .
Qoka e dua na cakacaka vakalialia, sega ni vakasamataki se vakadeuci vakavinaka, qai kau ki na Veimatabose ni Yasana me ra laki vakatulewa mai kina ka rogoci talega na nodra nanuma nai Taukei ni Qele ni bera ni qai mai tauyavutaki na Valenivolavola qoka. Na cakacaka ka soli qoka vei iratou na Land Use Unit, na kena vata saraga ka qarava tiko na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi ena qele ni taukei se native land kei Lands Department ena qele ni matanitu se state land.

Na duidui levu ga ka sa koto e ke oya;

1. Na Land Use Unit sa mai vakarurugi tiko ena ruku ni veiliutaki ni Tabana ni Qele ni Matanitu se Ministry of Lands, ka sa solia na dodonu vua na Director of Lands me solia na lisi ena loma ni qele ni taukei se native land, ka sa vakuwai vakadua saraga mai kina na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi. Sa kenai balebale oya na kena maroroi ka taqomaki na nodai yau bula qoka na qele sa na rawa ni mai koto ena ligadra na vulagi ka da sega ni tu kila na cava na nodrai naki. Na vuna au cavuta kina na vosa qoka, nai tutu vaka Director of Lands ei tutu vaka Matanitu ka ra sega ni vakuwai kina na veimatamata tale eso mera laki tawana nai tutu qoka, me vakatautauvata taki kei na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi ka ra veiqaravi vakatabakidua ga kina na wekada nai taukei ka ra taukeni qele talega.
Mai na ka au kila, nai tutu qoka vaka Director of Lands e dua na gauna balavu era tawana tu ga mai na wekada na Idia, ka vakabibi o ira na musulomani. Keo oni na lako ena noda veivanua ka ra tu kina na qele ni matanitu o ni na rawa ni raica kina, na qele vinaka kecega ni matanitu era na tawana tu na nodra vei vale ni so kalou o ira qoka. Na veivanua vinaka kecega ni matanitu e soli vei ira qoka me ra lisi taka ka qai vo tu na vanua dredre vei ira na noda me ra tawana. Qoka na ka meda na namaka ni na rawa ni yaco ke lakolako me laki tawana nai tutu ya e dua na vulagi ka tu vakatani tu na nonai naki, ka sega ni via leqa taka na nodra gagadre nai taukei ni qele ka sa laki lisi taki tu na nodra qele ena tabana qoka.

2. Na kenai karua sai koya na kena laki soli vua na Prime Minister na kaukauwa me lewa na qele cava e ganita me lisitaki ena ruku ni Decree qoka. Qoka e dua na lewa lialia, ka rawa ni yavutaki enai vadi ni lawaki ca, ka ra na rawa ni vakuwai mai kina o ira nai taukei ni qele ka ra sega ni tokona se duavata kei na Matanitu qoka, veitalia ga ni qele vinaka cake sara mai vei ira na so tale na vei tiki qele kara sa laki oka ena Land Use Decree qoka. Ena yasana mai vei ira na dau ni bisinisi ka ra vinakata me ra lisitaka na veivanua e so qoka, ena rawa vua me na cakava e so na veivosaki butobuto e loma ya ka ra sega tu ni kila nai taukei ni qele. Mai na noqu rai, na cava na vuna e laki biu tiko kina vua na lewa oya, ni tiko na Matabose e Cake ni Matabose ni Qele Maroroi me cakacakataka na kaukauwa vata ga oya, me vaka ni kena Chairman tiko o koya. De rairai sega beka ni vinakata o koya me ra kila na vo ni lewe ni Matabose na veika ena veivosakitaka o koya vei ira na Daunibisinisi. Qoka e so na ka ena rawa ni yaco ni sa tikoga vua e dua na tamata na lewa ni kena lisi taki na vei uma qele kara sa na laki wili tu ena loma ni decree qoka.

3. Na kenai katolu oya, na kena rawa ni laki soli sara na lisi me 99 na yabaki. Na 99 na yabaki qoka sa rui balavu, vakabibi ni soli tu na lisi ena taudaku ni veikoro vakavavalagi. Ke donu na noqu nanuma, a dua na kisi ni veilewai a vakayacori me baleta e dua na lisi ka solia na Matabose Ni Qele Maroroi me 99 na yabaki, ka ratou qai kauta vakalawa nai taukei ni qele ni sa rui balavu na 99 na yabaki qoka, ka vakatulewa mai kina na Mataveilewai ni cala na ka e vakayacora na NLTB ena nona solia na lisi ena taudaku ni koro vakavavalagi me 99 na yabaki, kau sega ga ni taura rawa a qai appeal taka tale na Matabose na lewa oya se sega. Dua tale na tikina bibi e koto ena balavu ni gauna qoka, oya ke mani lakolako ena loma ni 50 ki na 70 na yabaki mai qoka, qai kune kina e so nai yau talei, e vei na vanua ena tu kina nai taukei ni qele ni se bula tu na lisi. Vakabibi ni sa tukuni vakamatata tu ena decree qoka, na lisi kece e soli ena loma ni decree e tabu vakalawa me dua e kauta ki na Mataveilewai. Sa na tu i vei na noda dodonu vakai taukei ni qele ke da raica ni sa yaco eso na cakacaka butobuto ena loma ni lisi ka da vinakata me tarovi se dikevi vakalawa. Mai na veika oqoka au via taroga vei keda ni kua E SE RAWA TIKOGA NI DA TUKUNA NI SE TAQOMAKI KA MAROROI VINAKA TIKOGA NA NODA QELE KEI NA NODA DODONU VAKAITAUKEI NI QELE?

4. Na kenai kava sai koya na kena sa laki laveti cake mai na bula vakailavo ni matanitu me mai dua na ka bibi ena kena veivosakitaki na lisitaki ni veiuma qele qoka. Na bula vakailavo ni Matanitu e nona leqa na matanitu ka sega ni dodonu me mai vakayagataki me dua nai ulubale me rawa ni vakarawarawa taka na kena soli na lisi. Na ka walega e tiko ena lawa kau kila ni rawa ni kau cake mai me ka bibi ka yaga me nanuma sai koya na kena vinakati me vakayagataki na tiki ni qele ena ka e yaga raraba me vaka na gaunisala, livaliva, vakaso ni wai, na bula vakailavo ni Matanitu e nona leqa vakataki koya na Matanitu me cakacaka taka. Na veivosaki ni kena lisitaki na uma qele ni taukei e dodonu me kabibi ga kina na kena sotavi na nodra gagadre nai taukei qele ena kenai vakatagedegede vinaka duadua e rawa ni sotavi, yala kina.

5. Na kenai kalima ga o Bainimarama kei Khaiyum e rau na sega ni bula tiko me 99 na yabaki me rawa ni rau na saumi taro vei ira na noda kawa mai muri ke na yaco mai na gauna e sa na basika kina e so na leqa ena vei lisi kece qoka. E dua na kenai vakaraitaki vinaka oya na kena vakayacori na veivosakitaki ni qele mai vei ira na wekada mai Monasavu. Vei kemuni na sega ni kila na kena veivosakitaki na nona volia (acquire) na Matanitu na qele mai Monasavu. Na veivosaki kece se lease negotiation a qarava voli ga mai na Turaga na Tui Cakau sa bale o Ratu Penaia ena gauna ka ra se Minister tu kina ni Fijian Affairs ka sega saraga ni bau oka tu na Matabose ena veivosaki kece qori me yacova saraga na kena sa cakacaka na transfer ni Qele ki na Matanitu. Na gauna sa mai yaco kina na leqa ena loma ni vica tale na yabaki e muri, sa qai mai laurai kina na leqa ni a qarava duadua voli ga mai na veivosaki o Ratu Penaia ka sega ni matata se cava era laki yalataka se tukuna vei ira nai taukei ni qele, ka mai vakavuna tu na leqa mai Monasavu. Au sega ni vakataratutu taka ni na rawa ni yaco talega na leqa vata ga vakaoqoka mai Monasavu ena vei uma qele kece ka ra sa mai okati tiko qoka ena decree.

6. Dua tale na tikina bibi sai koya na qele ka vinakati qoka me vakayagataki se laki biu ena land bank nei Bainimarama me baleta na veivakatorocake rawa niu tukuna me sotavi ga kina na gagadre ni matanitu ka sa guilecava kina na nodra kawa nai taukei ni qele ena gauna mai muri.
Na noda qele nai taukei e wasei tiko vakarua, na kenai matai sai koya na qele ena taudaku ni kovukovu se native land outside reserve kei na qele ena loma ni kovukovu sai koya ka vakatokai na native reserve. Yaga me matata vei keda na qele ka tiko ena taudaku ni kovukovu e koto na kena lewa vua na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi ka tiko vua na kaukauwa me lisitaka ke sega ni veivakadonui kina nai taukei ni qele. E dodonu ga vakasala taki taumada nai taukei ni qele ke vinakati me lisitaki na uma qele qoka ena dua nai naki ka kilai ni na yaga vakalevu sara vei ira nai taukei ni qele na veika ena rawa mai kina.
Na uma qele ka koto ena loma ni kovukovu se native reserve e tabu vakalawa vua na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi me lisitaka vakavo ke sa veivakadonui mai kina e sivia ni 50 na pasede (50%) nai taukei ni qele. Na kenai naki na qele qoka me maroroi tu me nodai kanakana se for our use maintenance and support ka baleti ira talega na wekada e ra tu tani tu mai delaniyavu ena lako beka vakacakacaka, gade kei na so tale nai naki. Ni gauna era na lesu kina ki delaniyavu se na koto ga na vei uma qele qoka me ra na laki bula kina. Na uma qele kovu talega qoka e maroroi tu me baleti ira noda kawa ena veigauna mai muri.
Mai na noqu kila e lewe levu sara nai taukei ni qele ena noda vanua era a sa kerea oti yani ki na Tabana ni Mataveivaqaqai Ni Qele Kovuti se Native Reserve Commission me kovuti se reserve taki tale na nodra qele ka tu ena taudaku ni kovukovu ena nodra sa rivarivabi taka tiko gona na veivakatoroicaketaki sa yaco tiko yani ni na rawa ni laki vakavuna me kaliraki tani mai ligadra na nodra vanua ena loma ni dua na gauna balavu sara.
E vuqa na vei uma qele ka ra sega ni tawani se vakatorocaketaki tu qoka ka tiko ena loma ni rua nai wasewasei ni qele qoka era sega ni lala wale tuga vakaveitalia, ka ra tu na vuna. E vuqa na vei uma qele qoka era tu kina na noda yavutu, koro makawa, na vei kau vuata kei na so tale nai naki bibi.
E levu vei ira na vei uma qele qoka era qele vinaka sara ni teitei ka rawa ga ni soli kina na lisi ni teitei se Agricultural Lease ka dua saraga na vuna levu era sega kina ni via lisi taka nai taukei ni qele baleta ni takiveiyaga walega nai rede e rawa mai kina. Oqo e vuna saraga tikoga na kena sega ni yaga tiko na rede e lavaki ena mataqali lisi qoka, ka vesuki tu kina vakalawa na Matabose ka sega ni rawa ni solia na rede me veiganiti kei na kena e lavaki ena makete. (NLTB can only charge up to 10% of Unimproved Capital Value and most of the time rents are only charge at the average of 5% and are not allowed to charge rent based on fair market rental rate).
Na ka walega me a cakava na matanitu o ya me kauta tani na lawa ka ra vakatao taka tiko na kena rawa ni lavaki na lisi enai sau e veiganiti kei na ka era lavaki tu ena makete me rawa ni ra taura kina nai taukei ni qele nai sau dina e veiganiti kei na qele era solia me lisi taki. Ka sega ni yaga kina me laki tauyavutaki sara e dua tale na tabana ni veiqaravi me ka sa yaco tu ni kua, e laki tokarua taki ga kina na cakacaka sa cakava tiko na Matabose, ka sa yaco talega me vakamalumalutaka na Matabose me qarava vakadodonu kina na nonai tavi vaka Trustee/Administrator ni qele ni taukei.
Sa ka bibi kina vei keda nai taukei ni qele me da yadrava ka cakacakataka na veigaunisala kece eda kila ni na rawa ni tarovi kina na cakacaka butobuto ka ratou sa vakayacora tiko na Matanitu suguraki oqoka. Vei kemuni na sa wilika tiko na nai tukutuku qoka, ni vakadewataka vei ira na noda mai na noda vei delaniyavu me ra qarauna me ra kakua ni siwati vakarawarawa enai lavo se na veivosa kamikamica eratou na laki vakayagataka tiko yani na Land Use Unit qoka me rawa kina ni koni vakaio ena kena soli na nomuni qele me laki wili ena Land Bank nei Bainimarama. Ni rai vakatitobu, rai vakayalomatua sara, ni nanuma ira na noda kawa mai muri. Ni vakasamataka lesu tale na tagi era vakayacora voli mai nai taukei ni qele mai Monasavu, qoka na leqa ena rawa talega ni yacovi keda na vo ni taukei ni qele ke da sega ni qarauna na veika sa yaco tiko me baleta na noda qele.

(E na qai tomani tale tiko yani.)

 

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LIES VERSUS FACTS ON LAND 
 
 
The iA-G has accused critics of his Land Use Decree of stirring up emotions on land, but let’s look at some very clear facts about his Decree.

He is lying when he says the Land Use Decree makes landowner approval necessary for leases issued under its powers.

The current Land Use Regulations (not the Decree) require the Minister to get approval from landowners for their land to be put into the Land Bank. But after land is put in the Land Bank, landowners have NO say after ceding their land to the Frank Bank.

The Otago University study of the land laws in Fiji makes this clear:

“Once designated (ie put in the Land Bank) the LOU (Land owning Unit) has no say in how the land is used. The LOU has effectively granted the Director of Lands carte blanche to lease their land. There is no requirement that the LOU consent to a specific lease. There is no duty of consultation, although it might be possible to fashion one out of the mandatory consideration that all leases “take into consideration… the best interest of the land owners”. For reasons that will be discussed later, such a duty would be largely worthless because it is unenforceable. The LOU is also unable to exercise any legal rights to use or occupy the land while designated because it must be “free of all encumbrances”. page 31

Landowners effectively give the land to the Government.

The Otago study says “The LOU regime all but extinguishes the ability of the LOU to legally enforce its rights against the State or sub-lessor. A private law action that purports to “challenge or question” almost any matter under the Land Use Decree (including the decisions of officials, the terms and conditions of a lease, or the cancellation of a lease) must fail because of the extensive privative clause in s 15(1) of the Decree.”

The Otago study concludes this ban on appeals to courts appears to be “ironclad”.

But it is not only landowners whose rights are taken away. Tenants are also at the mercy of the Bainimarama state.

“The consequence is that neither the LOU (landowners) nor the sub-lessees (tenants) have access to the courts to enforce their legal rights in regards to the leases they have entered into under the LOU regime. The State holds all the power in the lease relationships: it has a vast array of powers and can exercise these with impunity because there is no judicial oversight.”

The Otago study concludes that if the courts deny access “the LOU will have, in practical terms, alienated its land as it cannot enforce its rights of reversion. The sub-lessee is effectively in the position of a tenant-at-will because the State could simply elect to terminate because, despite having a registered lease, enforcing it would require questioning the “validity of the cancellation”.254 The rights of the LOU and the sub-lessor are not functionally enforceable property rights in the ordinary sense of the term.

To the landowners who say they have done well under the Land Bank and support it, I say yes, you have received your 30 pieces of silver, but what about everybody else. Do you understand what power over land has been taken by Bainimarama? And in future, if he chooses, he can change the Land Use Regulations and landowner approval will no longer be needed for land to be placed in the Land Bank. A change to Land Use Regulations does not need the approval of Parliament. The Land Use Decree gives the Minister the power to make new laws without the approval of Parliament.

Bainimarama has been careful not to use all the powers he has taken because he doesn’t want landowners (or tenants) to find out how much power he has over their land.

Part of the new system is payment of “Premiums” when leases are signed. So far Bainimarama has paid these to the landowners, but he is not required to do this.

The Otago study says: “The State is not obliged to pass on the “premium” which the sub-lessee is required to pay up-front before the lease is granted but appears to have done so in practice.”

So for the time being Bainimarama is passing on premiums for 99 years leases, but he is not required to do this by law. This is the law and there is a clear plan behind it – to build power for Bainimarama to entrench himself in government.

The facts about this are easy to check. The 2012 study by Matthew Dodd for the Faculty of Law at University of Otago can be accessed via the link below.

http://www.otago.ac.nz/law/research/journals/otago041735.pdf

The study looks at the whole issue of reforming land laws in Fiji. It is critical of the old NLTB system under previous governments, but it is equally very clear that the Land Use Decree gives Bainimarama the power to take native land on whatever terms he likes. The fact that he’s used this power very carefully up to now shows only that he is stealthy. His only aim is to entrench his dictatorship.
http://www.otago.ac.nz/law/research/journals/otago041735.pdf
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http://www.otago.ac.nz/law/research/journals/otago041735.pdf

by navosavakadua

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NA NODA YAVU KEI NA VEIKA E SA MAI TALARAKI VEI KEDA.

Wilika e na vosa vaka-Viti na ka baleti iko kei ira na nomu kawa me baleta na taqomaki ni noda i yau kei na ka e baleti keda na i taukei ni vanua ko Viti.



Ni sa bula vinaka na wekada nai Taukei ni Qele, kemuni na tiko mai Viti kei ira na wekada era tu ena veiyasai vuravura.
Sa vuqa sara na veiveisau lelevu sa mai vakayacora na Matanitu suguraki qoka ena noda vanua kau vakabauta ni levu vei keda na wekada nai Taukei e lecaika tu kina. E vuqa na veiveisau qoka e tarai keda saraga vakabibi na Kawa i Taukei. Na ka vakaloloma duadua ni tekivutaka saraga na veiveisau qoka na Matanitu suguraki vei keda na Kawa i Taukei, ena noda Matanitu i Taukei ena;

• Na kena mai talaraki na Bose Levu Vakaturaga (Great Council of Chief), na Matabose Cecere ka vakarurugi kina na Kawa i Taukei.
• Me sa na digitaka na Matanitu na Chairman ni Bose ni Yasana. 
• Veisau taki na yaca ni Matabose ni Qele Maroroi, se Native Land Trust Board me sa Itaukei Land Trust Board. 
• Veisautaki na kena cicivaki na qaravi ni Matabose e cake ni NLTB me sa kau tani na Peresitedi ni noda Matanitu mai na Matabose ka me sa sosomitaki koya ga na Minister ni Fijian Affairs ena Native Land Trust (Amendment) Decree 2010.
• Veisau taki na kena wasewasei nai lavo ni lisi me ra sa wasei vakatautauvata na Turaga I Taukei, Turaga ni Yavusa, Turaga ni Mataqali, Turaga ni Tokatoka kei ira na lewe ni mataqali, me ra wili talega kina na gone dramidrami. 
• Tauyavu taka tale e dua na Valenivolavola ena ruku ni lawa ni Land Use Decree 2010, ka vakatokai na Land Use Unit me qarava na kena cakacakataki na qele ni Matanitu kei na qele ni taukei ka sega tu ni tawani se vakatoroicake taki (unused crown & native land) me lisi taki vei ira na vulagi, daunibisinisi ka ra vinakata me laki vakaduri bisinisi ki na noda vanua, ka rawa ni soli na lisi me 99 na yabaki.

Qori e vica na veiveisau lelevu sa mai vakayacora na Matanitu suguraki qoka ka tara vakatabakidua saraga na Kawai Taukei, ka vakayacori ena sala kaukauwa, sega ni bau veitalanoataki, se vakadeuci vakavinaka mai vei keda nai taukei ni qele, mai na bose vakai Tokatoka, Mataqali, Yavusa, Vanua meda kila taumada na kena vinaka kei na kena ca ni bera ni vakaiotaki me vakayacori na veiveisau qori. Ka yavu taki na veiveisau qori mai na nona vadi ca na Attorney General ko Aiyaz Khaiyum ena nona via talaraka vakadua na Matanitu I Taukei. Au doudou meu tukuna na veiveisau qori, e ra a caka me ra sotava walega na gagadre ni Matanitu, baleta ni sega ni soli na galala vei keda nai taukei ni qele me rogoci talega na noda rai.

Au nanuma meu vakadeuca mada e liu vei keda nai kava ni ulutaga ka toqai koto qori e cake, o ya na kena sa mai veisautaki na kena cicivaki na Matabose e Cake ni Native Land Trust Board, ena Decree No. 32 of 2010.

1. Native Land Trust (Amendment) Decree 2010.

Me tekivu mai na kena tauyavutaki na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi ena Yabaki 1940, sa davo koto mai kina ena Lawa ni Qele Maroroi (Native Land Trust Act) nio koya ga e Kovana ni noda Vanua (Governor General) ena Peresitedi talega ni Matabose ni Qele Maroroi, ka Chairman na Turaga na Minister ni Fijian Affairs. Taro eda na rawa ni taroga se cava na vuna e mai Peresitedi kina ni Matabose na Kovana? E matata vei keda na gauna mai tauyavu taka kina na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi na Turaga nai Talai sa Bale, Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, a se vakarurugi tu kina na noda Matanitu ki Peritania ena ruku ni nodra veiliutaki na Marama na Ranadi. Ena nodra kauwaitaka na Marama na Ranadi na kena maroroi ka taqomaki vinaka nodai yau bula nai Taukei, e ra digitaka kina na nodra Mata ki Viti sai koya na Kovana me kedrai sosomi kina Matabose, ka me nodrai tavi mera raica me maroroi ka taqomaki vinaka tikoga na nodai yau bula nai taukei, ka maroroya tiko na nona tu vakataki koya na Matabose ka kakua ni varurugi kina na dua tale na vakatulewa mai taudaku wili kina na Matanitu Levu.

Na nodra veiliutaki tiko mai na Kovana ena Matabose e cake, a qai mai kau laivi ena vuaviri ni 1987, ka sa mai veisosomitaki kina na Turaga na Peresitedi ni noda vanua. Me vaka e matata vei keda na veidigitaki ni Peresitedi ni noda vanua, e vakayacora na Matabose Levu Vakaturaga se Great Council of Chiefs, era sa solia talega kina na nodra vakanuinui kei na veivakabauti Na vei Turaga Bale ni Noda Vanua ni na tomana tikoga na Turaga na Peresitedi nai tavi ka ra a qarava tiko mai liu na Turaga a Kovana ni bera na vuaviri. Sa rui ka bibi kina na nodra tikora tiko nai tutu ya na Peresitedi ni noda vanua. Dina ni tiko na Turaga na Minister ka Chairman ni Matabose, na qaravi kei na cicivaki ni Matabose e Cake ni Matabose ni Qele Maroroi e ra vakayacora ga na Turaga na Peresitedi. 

Eda na taroga na se cava na vuna e sega ni liutaka taka kina na Matabose na Minister ni Fijian Affairs. E dodonu me matata vei keda na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi e Matabose tu vakataki koya ka sega ni vakarurugi kina Matanitu Levu. Nai tutu vaka Minister ni Fijian Affairs ei tutu vaka Politiki se Political Appointment beka meu tukuna, ka tiko na vanua e varorogo kina sai koya na Matanitu Levu. Kena soli vua na lewa me liutaka na Matabose e Cake, e sa na matata sara tuga vakasigalevu vei keda na veika ena rawa ni yaco kina, sai koya na nona rawa ni vakayagataka na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi me cakacakataka ga na nonai le vakapoilitiki na Matanitu, ka sa na guilecava na kena taqomaki ka maroroi na nodrai yau bula nai taukei, ka sa na veicalati kei nai naki levu ni kena tauyavutaki na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi.
Me vaka au sa tukuna oti mai cake, e vuqa na veiveisau sa mai vakayacori tiko qoka ena Matabose ni Qele Maroroi sa caka wale tikoga me vakavotukana taka na nodratou ile dukadukali na Matanitu qoka vakabibi vei Khaiyum, ka sa sega ni taqomaki vinaka kina na nodai yau bula nai taukei. Sa mai kau tani kina na nona galala ni tu vakataki koya na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi se na independent ni Matabose. 

E dua na veiveisau levu se restructure a mai vakayacora na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi ena 1998 ni ra se veiliutaki tiko kina ena Matabose e cake na Turaga na Tui Nayau sa bale Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, era mai kacivaka kina me vakayacori na veiveisau qoka ena Matabose me rawa ni solia kina vua na galala me tu vaka taki koya, ka vakavinaka taka talega kina na nona veiqaravi na Matabose. Ni bera na veiveisau qoka, a dau solia tiko mai na Matanitu Levu na kedrai sau nai vakalesilesi. Ena kena vinakati me vakadeitaki na tu vakataki koya ni Matabose sa mani cegu kina na kena solia tiko mai na Matanitu nai sau ni tamata cakacaka, ka vakalailai taki talega na poundage ka dau musuka tiko na Matabose mai vei ira nai taukei ni qele. 

E kani rarawa na galala ni tu vakataki koya ka dodonu me tu kina na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi ena gauna oqo sa mai kauta laivi na Matanitu suguraki qoka, ka sa biuta na Matabose kina dua vanua dredre sara tu me tu kina, ka sa sega ni rawa kina vua me qarava vaka vinaka na nonai tavi vaka Trustee ni Taukei Ni Qele. 

Qoka e dua na kenai vakaraitaki, mai na ka au kila, era sa bau rere nai vakalesilesi ni Matabose na tukuna e so na malumalumu e ra raica me baleta na Land Use Unit se na Land Use Decree qoka kei na ka ena rawa ni yaco mai muri, baleta ni vakatabui me dua e vosa se vakalewa na veiqaravi ni Land Use Unit, ka tukuni ni lewa oya e lako saraga mai vua na Chairman ni Matabose. Na ka vakaloloma ga, oya ni sa qai nodratou cakacaka tikoga na Land Use Unit na laki vosa vakacacataka na Matabose Ni Qele Maroroi kei na kena veiqaravi, ka qai sega ni soli na galala vua na Matabose me taqomaki koya mai na veivakacacani ni Land Use Unit koya ka sa laki vesumona taki ira tiko kina nai Taukei ni Qele ka sa vakavuna tiko na nodra lako vakayauyau tiko yani kina vei iratou me laki sotavi kina na nodra gagadre, ka ra se sega tu madaga ni kila vakavinaka na ca kei na vinaka ni Land Use Unit qoka. Qo eso na leqa ena rawa ni kauta mai na veisau ka sa mai kautani ki na nona tu vakataki koya na Matabose me vakatulewa taka vakataki koya na ka me cakava ka kila ni rawa ni ra na tiko vinaka nai taukei ni qele ena gauna oqo kei na ira na noda kawa era na muri mai.
Se kena gauna qoka vei keda nai Taukei ni Qele me da yadrava ka qarauna na veika sa cakava tiko na Matanitu qoka ena ka me baleta na noda qele nai taukei. Me yacova mai qoka, eratou se cakitaka tiko ga ni sa yavalati tiko na ka me baleta na noda qele nai Taukei. meu tukuna na ka dina, qori nai tukutuku lasu. Ni vakatulewa vakavinaka ka nanuma tiko na nodra bula na noda kawa mai muri. 

Ena vinaka beka me da rai tikoga ka sa vakayacori tiko na veiveisausau qoka, sega ni soli na galala vei keda nai taukei ni qele meda vakaitavi ena kena yaco na veiveisau qoka. Na veisausau sa mai vakayacori qoka, a sega ni ka rawarawa me dau vakayacori mai liu me yacova tiko mai na kena sa mai vakayacori na vuaviri i 2006. Na Lawa ni Qele ni Taukei se Native Land Trust Act kei na Lawa ni Veitarogivanua na Native Lands Act e vica vei ira na Lawa ka taqomaki vinaka tu ena Yavu ni Vakavulewa ni 1997. Ena yavu ni Vakavulewa ni 1997, ena qai rawa walega na mataqali veisau vaka oqoka ke sa veivakadonui kina na e rua nai katolu ni Lewe ni Palimedi kei na Matabose ni Seneti me ra veivakadonui kece kina na Lewe ni Seneti digitaki mai Bose Levu Vakaturaga se Great Council Of Chief. Ni bera vakayacori na veiveisau vaka oqori, e vakadeuci taumada, vakadonuya na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi, kau kina Matabose ni Yasana me laki veitalanoa taki mai kina, sa qai kau cake kina Bose Vakaturaga me laki vakadonui mai kina, ke sega ni vakadonui mai sai koya saraga ya na vanua ena yaco kina. Ke sa vakadonui, sa na qai kauta cake na Minister ni Fijian Affairs me laki vakadonuya na Matabose Yaco se Cabinet, ni bera ni qai kau yani kina Palimedi me laki laveliga taki.

Ia na gauna qoka, na veiveisau sa yaco tiko, sa sega ni qai ka ni veiwali, ka sa yaga me da veitalanoataka ka qarauna me kakua ni vakalaivi me yaco tikoga. E da sa na rawa ni raica e ke, na kena a taqomaki vinaka tu na Lawa qoka mai liu kei na kena sa mai rawarawa wale tuga qoka me veisautaki ena nona lewa wale tikoga e dua na tamata e takiveiyaga tu madaga na qele e taukena ka sega na ka vinaka e rawa ni caka kina. Ni tukuna tiko o Khaiyum ni taqomaki vinaka tu na lawa ni qele, ia na cava sa mai rawarawa kina kena na vakayacori e so na veiveisau lelevu ka sa tu qoka, ka ra sega tiko madaga ni kila e vuqa vei ira na noda nai Taukei ni Qele. Na veiveisau qoka sa na rawa ga ni mai vakayagataki kina na Matabose ni Qele Maroroi mei vakarawa ni ka ki na Matanitu suguraki qoka, ka sa guilecava kina nai taukei ni qele ka vauasivi ko ira na noda kawa ena veisiga mai muri. 

Sa nodai tavi na nai taba tamata qoka me da qarauna na kena maroroi na nodai yau bula qoka na qele me kakua ni cavuka tani mai ligada ka me laki vakatulewa taka tikoga e dua na tamata me rawa kina na nonai naki ca. O ira na noda qase era sa bale yani era vala ka mate kina ena nodra saga me maroroi na nodra qele me baleti keda na sa bula donumaka na gauna qoka. Na cava sa na qai nodai tavi o keda qoka me baleti ira na muri mai. E sega ni ca na veivakatoroicaketaki, ia me vakayacori ena kena gaunisala savasava ka tiko kina na veidokadokai kei na veikauwaitaki, me ra kauwaitaka na noda era na qai muri mai. Na qele e sega ni noda, e nodra na noda kawa era na qai muri, ka sa nodai tavi ga me da maroroya mera na qai mai kune kalougata kina. 

Ke tiko na nomuni kauwaitaka na ka me baleti keda na Kawa I taukei me vaka e dua nai taukei ni qele dina ni yalo vinaka ni vakadewataka yani vei ira na wekamuni, na lewe ni nomuni Tokatoka, Mataqali, Yavusa kei na Vanua Turaga ni dui cavutu mai kina me ra taroga na cava e vuna sa mai yaco kina na veiveisau levu qoka ena Matabose ni Qele Maroroi ka sega madaga ni bau vakasalataki kina nai taukei ni qele me vaka ni tiko na noda dodonu vakaitaukei ni qele. Ratou tukuna tiko na Matanitu suguraki qoka, ni taqomaki vinaka tu na ka me baleti keda nai taukei ni qele, au via vakadeitaki vei keda, qori nai tukutuku lasu, ke a taqomaki vinaka tu, qai cava sa rui rawarawa kina na kena mai yaco na veiveisau qoka. 

Ena qai tomana tale tiko nai takitaki qoka ena vica na vo ni ulutaga ka toqai toka qori e cake.


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THE GHAI COMMISSION'S FINANCE IS ALL IN BLACK AND WHITE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION

Now, we challenge KHAIYUM & BAINIMARAMA to respond to UFDF's call: "DISCLOSE your incomes and assets, including properties you have acquired since seizing power; moneys held by you in your overseas accounts and properties held there, if any; government accounts and finances and the Auditor General’s reports, as required under the Finance Management Act, and etc, etc, etc, since 2006"; Reveal how much of taxpayers money you are spending to SELL your own Draft...give us weekly audit financial reports

AIYAZ SAYED-KHAIYUM NEVER contributed a cent towards the Professor Yash Ghai chaired Constitution Review Commission. And yet the treasonist had the gall in October last year to demand that the CRC supply him monthly audited reports for, as he told his brother's Fiji Broadcasting Commission, "the public needed to know how their money was spent". The public nor the regime contributed a cent towards the Commission. The funding totalling $1,600,314 came from Australian Aid, American Bar Association, New Zealand Aid, British High Commission and the European Union. In any case, the Commission was not obliged to provide him any details, for there is no such requirement in the Constitution Decree. The requirement was to do an audit at the end of the process. Khaiyum wanted the Commission to publish a vast amount of information through paid ads in dailies, most likely with the intention to boost the revenue of the State lackey propaganda daily, The Fiji Sun. The Commission was too busy finalizing the Draft and Report then. It accounted to donors on a monthly basis. They were very happy with the Commission's very detailed accounts.
According to reliable sources inside the Attorney-General's chambers, Khaiyum had not contributed a cent towards the Ghai Commission for all along he had a secret plan - to ditch the Ghai Constitution and replace it with his own version, which had been gathering dust in his cupboard since 2010. And yet, he once again reverted to maligning the Commission, while selling his OWN Draft Commission in Labasa, with Fiji Sun crying out in its headline on 14 April 2013: "How much did Ghai and team spend?". 
The regime propaganda sheet reported from the Labasa meeting:"Former Fiji Labour Party parliamentarian Surendra Lal asked during last week’s draft constitution consultations in Labasa how much having the Ghai draft constitution done cost.The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, told Mr Lal that even the Government would like to to know that. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said under the decree Yash Ghai was supposed to inform the Government about this, how much money had been spent, who gave the money and who they gave money to? He said to date Mr Ghai had not done anything about that."
Well, here is the Commission's audited financial report, signed off by independent financial auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Suva, Fiji. Let us see if Khaiyum will practice what he has been preaching - reveal all that has been demanded from him and the illegal regime.




Photo: The Constitution Commission's Audited Account signed off by PricewaterhouseCoopers.


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HOW MUCH IS BAINIMARAMA AND HIS MINISTERS REALLY PAID?



Over the last 6 years a lot has been speculated on how much Frank and his Ministers are really getting paid. Figures around 500-700k are been floated around and it doesn't help that this regime finds it appropriate not to disclose the salaries of each minister. So much for transparency ..... However, KND with help from sources in the PM's Strategic Framework for Change and Co-ordinating office (SFCCO) has uncovered the likely amount and under which portfolio this maybe coming out of. 

if one has seen the Budget estimates for 2013, you will find that each Ministry's expenditure is covered in detail under specific HEADS, with HEAD 01 the Office of the President , Head 02 Office of the Prime Minister ....Head 03 AG's Office and so on up to Head 43 Fiji Roads Authority.

Under each Head are what's called Standard Expenditure Groups or SEG's. SEG 1-7 represent recurrent or operating expenditure, SEG 8-10 are capital expenditures. In short, these are to take into account expenditure incurred by each Ministry. SEG 1 accounts for Personal Emoluments of all Civil Servants , SEG 2 accounts for personal emoluments to all government wage earners. 

Lets go back to how much Frank and his Ministers are really paid. Its important to note that Salaries for Frank and his ministers are not accounted for in any of the Heads (or Ministry SEG 1)

However, In the Budget estimate 2013, on Page 303 a Head 50 is something out of the ordinary titled Miscellaneous Services. Its role as read in the Budget 2013 reads " provides contingency Funding and also reflects funding for activities that require scrutiny and monitoring by the Ministry of Finance. These funds are disbursed by the PS FOR FINANCE.

What's Interesting is that for SEG 1 (Personal Emoluments) for HEAD 50(page 304) is a whooping $5million. Increasing from $3.4M in 2011, $4M in 2012. Just who these Personal Emoluments are for can be ascertained from SEG 3 on page 304. SEG 3 denotes expenditure payments for travel and allowances for staff in that ministry. For instance SEG 3 of HEAD 5 would denote travel and allowances for all staff in the Ministry of Itaukei Affairs. In HEAD 50 , SEG 3 (4) reads "overseas travelling Cost - Ministers - $400K. Thus it can be inferred that the sum of $5m in SEG 1 of HEAD 50 are for Frank and his Ministers as they are not accounted for anywhere in the Budget estimate 2013. 

Further evidence can be gleaned from Appendix 2 page 357 of Budget estimates 2013. This shows a summary of the Fij Government workforce and Salaries and Wage Earning Incurred. From HEAD 1-43 it clearly shows the number of post and total Personal Emolument for each Ministry (HEAD). Interestingly for HEAD 50, no. of posts show zero, personal emolument show zero, but $5Million is reflected in "OTHER"...I don't know about you but $5million is a lot of dosh for it to be non specific and insignificant "OTHER". Unless of cause, you want to hide something. Appendix 2 is important in that anyone and everyone working for govt is been paid and accounted for. Even QORVIS Communication is accounted for in SEG 5 HEAD 50 (page 306) to the tune of $1.16million.

I will try and appended the relevant pages of Budget 2013 (get a copy and go thru it yourself) estimates for your perusal and let you do the math. $5m between 12 ministers is alot of dosh! enough motivation to cling on to Power don't you think! you be judge.... Thank you SFCCO .


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DEVELOPMENT, DEVELOPMENT,YADAH,YADAH YADAH....


This seems to be the catch word in the heads of these regime supporters .....DEVELOPMENT..,! If what wonder if they can grasp the real meaning . 

The likes of Alena Tiqara and others who seem to have an unwavering support for this regime all share the warped view of so called " DEVELOPMENT" . In their own little minds they perceive developments to be purely the building of roads, schools, hospitals, etc. Even if this were true and everything else was hunky dory as they have put it, one would normally see the gains from this " DEVELOPMENT" right thru the thread of our society. But the reality is that since 2006 by IMF and world bank estimates inflation has reached double digits. The building industry has taken a nose dive which is a one of the best indicators for development. Unemployment (bar the military intake) is an all time high. The real crime rate is also unprecedented. The indices for DEVELOPMENT , which they proudly boast just don't add up,

But hang on , there seems to be a common denominator to these REGIME "DEVELOPMENTALMANICS", they either have benefitted directly or indirectly in some way or form. Evidence of cronyism and nepotism is at an all time high. You just need to take a look at the militarisation of the Civil Service. how can you justify overlooking a career civil servant who has done the necessary tertiary studies , qualified and competent been passed over to accomodate a military officer. it boggles the mind. 

Take for instance the Soldiers of the RFMF , 2006 a basic recruit (after 8 weeks training )and a private was earning around 
$6-$8k . In less than 2 years this increased to 10-12k this is equivalent to a diploma student out after 3 years from FSM. A Lieutenant before 2006 was paid 14-16K, again in less than 2 years around 1998 this jumped to 22-25 K. A Medical Doctor after 6 years and 1year internship starts on the same scale. How is that fair? 
Are these really signs Of development. I think not, if anything we have regressed as a society. Real development comes from local entrepreneurs (new and old) investing real money into the economy and creating real jobs. But none are willing do so, anyone in business or EC101 will tell you that for private investment to thrive requires a stable POLITICAL environment, It builds confidence.This is hardly the case in fiji.


Refer to story on: http://www.facebook.com/kacivaka.dina?



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FIJI MILITARY FORCES - OVERSIZE

14/04/2013

The Fiji Military Forces has recruited more than the amount of people that it needs and is now oversize. People reported to work everyday and have ended up doing nothing. The oversize has been compounded by the non retirement of people who have reached the retirement age of 55 but are still working today.

It has been reported that soldiers at the FMF who were supposed to retire have gone to see their Commander Voreqe Bainimarama asking for work extensions with excuses ranging from mortgage payments to paying school fees for their kids who are still attending school.

While school teachers, nurses, doctors and other civil servants have been forced to retire at 55, the Military has continued employing their own people after their retirement age. 

Reports coming in from the Military said that those people that were supposed to retire go and see Bainimarama presenting him with yaqona asking for the extension of their work. “Iko kila ni o ira na sotia dodonu me ra sa retire ni ra sa 55 ra lai caka yaqona tale vei Bai me ra extend nodra job...ra va levu wiliwili wavoki tu ga qo na keba” said the report. (Do you know that soldiers that were supposed to retire at 55 have gone and presented yaqona to Bai requesting for extensions to their work...they are just creating more numbers here at the camp). 

Of these officers, two of them are WO1 Leweni at the Army and WO1 Seduadua of the Navy.
 
 
 
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BAINIMARAMA AND KHAIYUM CAMPAIGN FOR THEIR LIVES

11/04/2013

No one else in the current Regime are as desperate as illegal Regime leader Voreqe Bainimarama and his illegal Attorney General Aiyaz Khaiyum in as far as the campaign for the acceptance of their draft constitution is concerned.

Today, Bainimarama is in Naililili Primary School, Rewa opening a classroom where his initial intention anyway was to talk about his draft constitution to the people of Rewa who gathered in numbers last week to present their proposals and opposing views on the draft to the Solicitor General while Khaiyum is desperately spewing his lies to the people of Lautoka. 

The two have gone to any lengths even to the point of lying to the general public to gather support. Heard on FBC Radio yesterday was Bainimarama lying about rapists and all other criminals given freedom and get out of jail in the proposed Ghai Constitution. 
(See http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/9381/decree-challenge-provision-excluded). Also, Khaiyum was also reportedly lying in his draft consultation with Fijian landowners about the acquisition of Native Land in Momi. 
(See http://fijitoday.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/press-release-l-qarase-replies-to-lies-by-bainimarama-and-khaiyum-about-the-land-at-momi-bay-project/) 

The two have been left alone by their legal team to explain the draft constitution to the people through radios and TV campaigns putting them vulnerable to public scrutiny especially the less educated Bainimarama who often appeared lost for answers to questions directed to him from the public.
 
 
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SOLDIERS WITH GUNS ROAMING NASALI LANDING

Last week, there was mass media reports on the Marama Bale Na Roko Tui Deketi and Chiefs of Rewa and their people on their courage to go and present their proposals and what they think of the proposed Bainimarama draft constitution to Regime officials at Suvavou House. Well folks, today, it is Bainimarama's turn to visit Rewa on his campaign trail on the guise of opening a classroom block for children at Naililili Primary School. Reports came in this morning that soldiers were spotted at Nasali Landing in Rewa before the arrival of the illegal Regime leader who opened the new classroom block at 11:00am this morning.

Naililili Primary School has extended its roll to cater for Class Seven and Eight students and Bainimarama's Regime helped in providing building materials and workmanship for the work but something that parents and students are concerned about is the presence of soldiers with guns in the area. It has been reported that close to 6 soldiers were seen with guns combing the area before the arrival of Bainimarama.

As the day progressed, the soldiers had a field day having tea and free lunch while the illegal Regime leader looked busy with a file in his hand playing God. At the opening, Bainimarama talked about the many developments that his Regime has given to the Province of Rewa and made use of the opportunity to explain his draft Constitution to the people listening. The informant said that it is clearly a campaign by the sound of things and the people of Rewa will not be deterred.

The timing on the opening of the school block and Chief Guest to be invited was specifically directed from the Office of the Prime Minister.

 

 

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NEW AIRBUS GROUNDED

The new Fiji Airways Airbus delivered to us last month has been grounded at Auckland Airport. The much awaited, anticipated and boasted brand new aircraft was reported to have undergone repairs on one of its broken windshield.

This does not help Fiji Airways reputation it has with delays despite this defect being genuine due windshield shattering .Windshield have 4 layers of glass with differing strength levels and are internally heated to prevent icing in flight. When this internal heating fails the cold causes shattering on the windshield.

More on: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=230692

 

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Who can be appointed as Commander RFMF without Fear of a Coup against PM?


1. The names proposed included Mohammed Aziz (Muslim) the $2million Merchant Finance loan benefactor to buy his own business and his personal house. FIRCA need to inspect his books. He was locked up for 3 days for plotting against Pm with Mara and Driti. Is in ceremonial role only as COS (Chief of Staff)


2. Naivalurua the current commissioner of Police, the benefactor of commissions given by the drug dealers, receiving 10% commission on Police tender, supporting the businessmen helping his wife through a $1million soft loan to be paid as and when required.. He never supported the 2006 coup and was on leave.

3. Tikoitoga the current land force commander, a junior officer in 2006. The womanizer and abuser of power. He is seen a lot with Naivalurua to support the campaign to arrest Bainimarama for crime against humanity when the time is right. These two are working closely with diplomatic corp.


4. Esala Teleni Deputy Commander RFMF, former police commissioner now ambassador in China stands a strong chance to take over because he is a strategic planner, has full navy support from Commander JJ FOX and he was the initiator of the plan through and through, his loyalty is Bainimarama centered and he will be a great asset to BAINIMARAMA WINNING THE 2014 ELECTION. Has his brother’s new Methodist which can be used to unite churches and chiefs for the prime minister.

 

(RFMF Officer Corps Strategy Paper sent to FijiLeaks)

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RAPE INSPECTOR NAMED – LEONE KOTOBALAVU VERESA

Special Police Inspector Leone Kotobalavu Veresa has been identified as the police inspector who raped his sister in a case before Nasinu Magistrate Sumudu Premachandra last week. The accused is a special police inspector of police. In his statement the accused said that he did not go through any formal training and he was just managing the police gymnasium. He was looking after fitness of the recruits. He was the fitness trainer for the police rugby team. He recalled that the Sukuna Bowl was held on the Friday of the 07th December 2007. It was a rugby encounter between Fiji Police and RMF. Police won the game and he was so happy as it was his first time to be involved with the training of the Police Rugby team. He lived a few blocks away from the his brother Ronald Veresa’s home at 66 Benu Place in Nadawa where the victim, Kelera Veresa, resides together with his parents. 
He said “having won the “Sukuna Bowl”I went ahead to celebrate purchasing alcohols, few bottles of Rum, few bottles of Vodka. We celebrated whole night till morning. I came around midday that is Saturday 08th December 2007. I came with some other police officers. There were three taxis, would have been 12 police officers. We came to continue our drinking. We sat down on our porch, continued drinking liquor until it ran out. We went Saturday afternoon 2 to 3pm. I asked one of boys to go to my parent’s place and get some home brew.
 



Illegal Regime leader - SUKUNA BOWL fever
 
Kelera Veresa is the victim of this case. She said that she has four siblings and 3 of them are brothers and one is sister. Her oldest brother is Leone Veresa (Junior) is the accused of this case. She said she can recall 08th December 2007. She lived in 66 Benu Place Nadawa. She said on that day she was at home, and then the accused called her and inquired younger brother Ronald. But he was not in. Then he asked her to come but she said she cannot come because she was cooking. The Leone called his father and father asked her to go Leone’s house which is 3 minutes walk from her house. When she went there the accused asked her to sit. She said “He said that he wants to talk to me something. I sat down; he said I had painted a bad picture on my family’s name. He had heard stories about myself as Lesbian”. She said she denied then she said the accused threw punches on her face again and again. At this moment the house was crowded accused’s friends were drinking. Then the accused stood up and go to friends and come back and told her “how embarrassing to hear all sort of stories”. Then the accused asked her to go inside the room not to run. She said “As I walked towards the room, my face was sore and I decided to run, I ran on to the road because I was scared ...he ran after me, he punched me on the road. I was so scared and I urinated and toileted (passed stools) on my pants, then he dragged all the way to house, I gripped out the grill of the door, then his wife told me go inside and ease things for us”. The witness said she went in and had a shower. The victim said “I went into the room, it was Leone’s room. He asked me to sit on the bed, he drew the curtains and he locked the door. He sat on the bed and told me that he would do something to me, so he can forget me as Lesbian when he locked the door and drew the curtains, i was scared. He told me to take off all my clothes he touched my breast about two minutes, he stood up, I was he was naked too. He told me to span my legs and he started licking my private parts his tongue actually touched my vagina he licked my vagina for little while , then he asked me to lie down on the bed, i did as he said and he inserted his penis into my vagina. That went for a little while and he was about to come, he sat down on the bed and me to put my mouth on his penis, and I did it while his water came out”. The victim said the accused after this incident asked her to come every evening and he would do the same thing and that would make her forget about Lesbian. The victim said she did not consent to do that. She said she pushed him few times but he was so strong she could not do much. 5 photographs were shown and the victim identified the vicinity. She further said the accused smelt of liquor but he seemed to know what was doing. The victim said it was after dark, 7 or 8pm, she went to her house. First she told this incident to his brother Ronald, but he did not believe her. Then she told her sister, she broke in to tears, and then she told her mother, mother cried, and then victim also cried. The victim said after that Leone and his wife came their home, it was after 5 minutes she came home. The accused said the victim was lying. So, her mum asked her to go for a check up. They all went to CWM Hospital first, but they were referred to Central Police station before examination, from Central Police station, they were sent to Valelevu police station. Then they were sent to CWM Hospital again for medical examination. The victim clearly identified and pointed out the accused on the dock.

More to come

 
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09 March, 2013
Australian Government too soft on military regime: Democracy movement
The Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement (FDFM) has urged the Australian Government to abandon its “softly softly” velvet glove approach towards Fiji’s military regime; and during an executive meeting in Canberra yesterday, criticised the Government for allowing Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to enter Australia last week.
Khaiyum even held talks with Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr – in a move which was strongly condemned by the Democracy movement.
“It amazes me that the Australian Government has already invested so much on Fiji’s so-called road map to democracy,” FDFM President Suliasi Daunitutu said.
This Government even handed over $2.6 million on Fiji’s constitutional reform and what did the military regime do with the $2.6 million?” Mr Daunitutu said
“They made a farce of the constitutional reform commission and ended up burning the very draft constitution that was supposed to return Fiji to democracy. They burned the $2.6 million and yet the Government continues to play ball with the Bainamarama regime.
“It is patently clear that the regime has no intention of returning to democratic elections. The very thing we predicted – the blueprint for democracy that the commission was appointed to undertake – has not borne fruit.
“When will the Australian Government wake up to this fact?
“The New Zealand Government is streets ahead and as of next week, the NZ Parliament will be discussing a Motion introduced by Phil Goff  to condemn the abuse and violations of human rights.”
This was evident in a video showing men from Fiji’s security forces beating and abusing prison escapees. The video, which went viral on the internet, was picked up by the mainstream media and Amnesty International.
“We urge the current Labor Government to wake up and follow suit,” Mr Daunitutu said.
The Movement also emphasised the need to establish and strengthen ties with the union movement.
FDFM President - Suliasi Daunitutu
 
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Naivalurua gets his Rodney King moment

 
 
Commissioner Naivalurua has distinguished himself from most of his military colleagues who swarmed like flies all over top civil service positions. He has at least looked competent and professional. The FPF was in a mess after Teleni, and Naivalurua has worked hard to restore the professionalism of the force.

He has taken stern action against officers accused of corruption and demanded performance, starting with the long overdue demand for physical fitness. If Naivalurua does not now act on the irrefutable evidence of this video his credibility with the FPF he is trying to rebuild is gone.
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The video shows the men are clearly in custody, the torture being inflicted is consistent with the reports of their injuries and there must be a chain of custody that stretches all the way from the back of the truck to FPF. If there is not a chain of custody that, too, must be investigated. Commissioner Naivalurua cannot brush this aside?

If his own officers cannot name the men who handed them over to them, he has to charge his officers with obstructing justice. If the men who handed them over cannot explain the injuries, they too must be charged. There is no doubt about what happened, the only question is who did it. The glimpses of individuals in the video also provide some evidence.

LAPD were subject to allegations of brutality before the Rodney King incident and he would have been just another allegation if it had not been for the video which confirmed that he had been brutally assaulted.

But even the Rodney King incident pales next to the RFMF torture video. The LAPD officers acted on the spur of the moment in anger. The RFMF torturers acted systematically and calmly in accordance with looks like a plan to permanently cripple the victim. Only sadists could act in such a casually brutal manner.

Will Naivalurua act? Probably not, because the sadists, while indulging their sick urges, were no doubt acting on orders and the orders came from the same place that the order to sack Naivalurua would come. The best we can hope for is that Naivalurua will act to preserve his honour and resign.

And one final puzzle. Why is the Rodney King full version video available on You Tube, while the RFMF torture video is now hidden behind a warning and requires a sign-on. Is this a little service provided by Qorvis? A threat to You Tube of legal action? Or is it just that the RFMF torturers are a whole order of magnitude worse than Rodney King’s attackers? This video IS shocking and it will not be swept under the carpet.
 
 
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US giant using SOPAC and illegal Fiji regime to access seabed minerals in international waters
FEBRUARY 28, 2013 · 9:09 AM

The illegal government in Fiji is being squeezed by the American corporate giant, Lockheed Martin, to sponsor its search for seabed minerals in international waters. To that end, Lockheed is pushing the Fiji regime to fast track legislation and is being assisted in this endeavor by the Deep Sea Minerals Project (run by SOPAC, part of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community) and its British lawyer, Hannah Lily.

Fiji’s cabinet is expected to approve a new Decree on seabed mineral management by March the 5th. Consultation on the draft Decree has been fast tracked with relevant stakeholders given less than 3 days to make submissions whilst US giants Lockheed were consulted well in advance. The new law is required before Lockheed will enter into a formal joint-venture with the Fiji regime. Lockheed will then apply in April to the International Seabed Authority for a new exploration licence.

The new law, which SOPAC, has assisted in drafting, makes vague statements about applying a precautionary approach and best environment practices and requiring Environment Impact Assessments but without specifying where or how Fiji is suddenly to get the expertise to manage and enforce these.

Lockheed has already been granted approval by the International Seabed Authority to explore for polymetallic nodules in one area in partnership with the UK government. It now wants to join Fiji as its official national partner for further exploration licences – but first Fiji needs to have the necessary laws to allow seabed mining in place.

The proposed legislation covers the various aspects and issues arising out of experimental seabed mining operations, including establishing a regulatory authority within Fiji, and introducing a licensing regime, provisions on the protection of the marine environment, and delineating Fiji’s and the company’s duties and responsibilities.

Hannah Lily, employed as a legal adviser by SOPAC, seems to have been advising on the drafting process directly on behalf of Lockheed (LH). Here are some of her comments on a draft version of the new law:

“LH would not accept the jurisdiction of the courts of Fiji, in case of dispute. The sub-contract would specify that the parties would be subject to UK law and courts. LH therefore suggest section 14 be deleted to avoid confusion. However UNCLOS Art 235 requires that: “States shall ensure that recourse is available in accordance with their legal systems for prompt and adequate compensation or other relief in respect of damage caused by pollution of the marine environment by natural or juridical persons under their jurisdiction”. the ITLOS Advisory Opinion summarises this as ‘requiring the sponsoring State to establish procedures, and, if necessary, substantive rules governing claims for damages before its domestic courts’. Whether the proposed Fiji / LH model can navigate this requirement and LH’s requirement for UK arbitration remains a point to be explored”
“LH consider it unfair both to be charged the admin fee and to require the Company to cover its application costs. They suggest it should be one or the other, not both. “LH would expect a standalone non-disclosure agreement to cover Fiji’s handling of their commercial data”
“Query whether there is a reason Fiji would like this notice period to be so lengthy? LH would prefer this to be shorter, or if that is not possible to clarify that they would not be penalised for failure to conduct activities during that 6-month notice period”
“LH request to delete, otherwise Fiji could unilaterally revoke the licence after 2 years’ inaction, which creates too great an uncertainty for the company”
“LH request that these specific figures are removed from the Decree and replaced with a provision permitting the Government to negotiate financial terms in a Sponsorship Agreement. NB The suggested fees are too high for LH. The UK rates (GBP 10k for application, 15k for first year, 25k after 6 years , 25k on each extension), which use an actual cost recovery mechanism would be more feasibl for LH - perhaps with some small room for negotiation, given that this is a developing country”
“LH would require that the contract stipulates the UK as the prevailing law and dispute resolution mechanism”
The International Sea Bed Authority (ISBA) which regulates the leasing of seabed deposits have not yet developed a mining code to regulate the exploitation of minerals in international waters. NGOs have raised serious concerns about the experimental nature of the industry as well as its relevance as a development option for island nations. In addition NGOs have raised concerns about the need to protect the marine environment, prevention of pollution from seabed activities and whether states such as Fiji have the ability to monitor the environment impact.
 
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YASANA HOLDINGS TOLD TO WIND UP BY KHAIYUM
FIJIAN TRUST FUND NEXT
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My sources say that the illegal attorney general had ordered last week by letter that Yasana Holdings (Fiji TV major shareholders and representing Fijian interests on the Board of Fiji TV) be wound up. A letter was delivered to all directors of Yasana informing them of this directive and they were further told if they did not comply they would be sacked.

This week another Fijian institution, the Fijian Trust Fund, will be wound up and monies belonging to Fijian people diverted to the illegal regime to meet the illegal salaries and expenditure bills.

The above together with the Seabed and Land Reform decrees have basically ensured that the resources and pride of the Fijian people have been ripped naked by the illegal attorney general, who has been aided and abetted in this by a coterie of local lawyers who have been paid an arm and a leg of public money for such devious and regressive legislation which cuts at the core of all indigenous rights and aspirations.

We need to act now my friends.
 
Rajendra Chaudhry
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FIJI POLICE OFFICER COMMIT SUICIDE OVER COMPENSATION
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
(A story you will not see or read in the Fiji media.)
 
A Police constable who was denied a workmen's compensation by the Fiji Police Force has committed suicide.
Before dying, Constable 3736 Alvin Prakash had repeatedly pleaded from his death-bed to see the Police Commissioner Iowane Naivalurua.
Alvin Prakash was seriously injured while on duty in July 2010. After questioning a drunk and disorderly suspect at the Grantham Road police post at about 3pm, the suspect's father went to his nearby home and brought a cane-knife.
According to court documents, Prakash heard someone coming up the front door. It was the suspect's father, Anasa and he had a cane knife in his hand.
Anasa struck Prakash in the head, on the front right side, severely injuring him. He defended himself by trying to get hold of Anasa's throat but was struck a second time. Luckily, the second strike missed the officer, and struck part of the front door.
When Prakash was later examined, it was found that the skin where the injury was, was cut completely, the skull bone had been penetrated, and there were some bleeding in the brain. He had 22 stitches on his wound.
According to the prosecution, Anasa attempted to murder Prakash when he struck him on the head with a cane knife.
The Fiji Police Force continued to employ Alvin Prakash and he had lodged a compensation claim soon after returning to work. Under Fiji laws, he was eligible for a $28,000 compensation payout under the workmen's compensation claim.
But the HR Department of the Fiji Police Force, whose director has changed four times since 2010, last month declined the claim.
Prakash was so dejected he openly talked about taking his life. His colleagues failed to listen to him. On Saturday, February 23rd, he drank 50 millimeters of the weedkiller paraquat at his home and was taken to the Colonial War Memorial hospital. He was scheduled to attend the Fiji Police Forces Excellence Awards night; but decided to take his life instead.
On Sunday, his colleagues, some of them senior officers, went to visit him. He told them his dying wish to see the Police Commissioner. Whether or not that message was passed up the Fiji Police Forces Command Group or the Police Commisioner, isn't known.
PC3736 Alvin Prakash died on Sunday night.
Published by Coup fourpointfive at 7:58 AM
 
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MILDURA FAMILY TAKEN BY AUSTRALIAN IMMIGRATION
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A Fijian family has been taken to detention by Immigration authorities for staying illegally in Australia. The family were living in Mildura and were aware that their temporary visas has expired 3 weeks ago but were awaiting the results of the meeting from the church authorities for which Pastor Mosese Susu has been serving before his arrest. Also taken in with Pastor Susu was his wife Mrs Sainiana Waseqele Susu and four year old daughter, Esther Grace Susu.
Pictured above: Pastor Mosese Susu, daughter Esther Grace Susu and wife Sainiana Waseqele Susu.
 
Speaking from Robinvale yesterday, FDFM Robinvale President, Mr Samisoni Tuiwainunu said that Pastor Susu and his family were surprised at the quick action of the Australian Immigration officials because Pastor Susu and his family remained in contact with them until their arrest. They were liasing and maintaining contact telling them that they will seek the address of his church leaders before deciding on his next move. The family as far as I know were seeking an extension to their visa to allow them to make arrangements after they were refused their request to stay in Australia from the Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Chris Bowen.
FDFM Victoria members have been visiting the family at detension providing support for the family. Mr Tuiwainunu, said that it is unfortunate that their request has not been granted to seek Australia's help to protect the family as Pastor Susu and his wife have been supporting members of the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement in Robinvale. Members of the Australian FDFM are at high risk if they are at the hands of the Fiji Military. Some executives and members of FDFM Australia are black listed in Fiji because of their involvement in their fight in the restoration of democracy. As for Pastor Mosese, our only hope is that they leave him alone if he steps back at the Nadi Airport tamac.  
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WAKEUP FIJI - YOUR MONEY GOING TO THE RATS
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According to the Auditor-General's figures, over the years from 2003 to 2007, the military spent $470.3million in taxpayer funds.

                                            2003           2004           2005           2006           2007
Revised Budget                 57.7             70.2            67.1             76.5           80.7
Expenditure ...
                    76.9             86.6            80.4            100.2          126.2
Overspending                   (19.2)           (16.4)           (13.3)          (23.7)          (45.5)
Auditor General's figures - military spending ($m)

2006 is the year that they forcefully remove the Qarase Government. 2007 is the year when they start dipping their hands in Government's coffers. From 2008 0nwards, there has been no auditor generals reports and you all can imagine how much they spending now which probably will never be revealed to us citizens of Fiji.
Of the overspent millions, very little of this money is enjoyed by other ranks as the most are going straight into the pockets of the Commanders and High ranking officers of the Fiji Military. Money that could have been well spent to feed the poor people and fix our water pipes and solve our continous power outage problems. The Qarase government was ready to fix this problem when it surcharged Bainimarama through the Ministry of Finance under Finance CEO, Mr Paula Uluinaceva. Today, Bainimarama is pocketing millions of dollars from the same Government it is supposed to be paying.

DA YADRA NA I TAUKEI, QO NA BUTAKO VAKASIGALEVU SA CAKA TIKO. QO GONA NA CORRUPTION E RATOU VESUKA KINA NA MATANITU NEI QARASE.
 
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The regime’s political party decree undermines the electoral system.
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A Fiji academic says the regime’s political party decree undermines the electoral system suggested by the draft constitution.

The decree requires existing parties to register with 5,000 members from across the country by the middle of next month.

The University of Auckland’s Dr Steven Ratuva says those restrictions will rule out small parties and single-issue parties.

He says the Ghai draft, which the government has dumped, proposes a proportional representation electoral system, which means people vote for a party.

“It is based on the assumption that the new political parties are going to emerge, and have a share in the number of seats. And this kind of shift away from monopoly and dominance by two or three major political parties, as in the past. But by throwing in those restrictive provisions, it actually kills from the beginning the possibility of small political parties emerging.”

Dr Steven Ratuva says he believes only one or two existing parties will be able to re-register under the terms of the decree.

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United Front for a Democratic Fiji …Press Statement

 18 January 2013

Political parties call for accountability and transparency from the Prime Minister and the Attorney General

  1. In a joint statement issued today Fiji’s major political parties have called on the Prime Minister and the Attorney General to disclose their incomes and assets, including properties they have acquired since seizing power.
  1. They should also disclose moneys held by them in their overseas accounts and properties held there, if any.
  1. The statement said that it is a well-known fact that the Prime Minister and the Attorney General and their close family members have acquired several up market properties in Fiji since 2006. They must in keeping with their oft-repeated calls for transparency and accountability declare their finances and assets and liabilities to the nation ahead of asking political parties and their officials to do so.
  1. The Prime Minister must also explain to the people why, as Finance Minister since 2008, he has refused to accede to repeated calls to publish government accounts and finances and the Auditor General’s reports thereon, as required under the Finance Management Act.
  1. Why is the Prime Minister flouting the law on government finances? He must also explain why the audited accounts of the Prime Minister’s Flood and Cyclone Relief Funds are not published for the information of the people and the donors.
  1. And why, we ask has he continued to block the audit and publishing of the RFMF Regimental Funds?

 

  1. If the Prime Minister and the Attorney General refuse to themselves submit to the accountability and transparency requirements they are demanding of the others, then it is plainly obvious that they have much to hide from the people.
  1. It is well known that official corruption is at an all-time high under the current administration. Indeed, Transparency International has excluded Fiji from its Corruption Perception Index listing 178 countries because of a lack of data and in its last 2010 survey on Budget Transparency it gave Fiji zero out of 100 points saying it is virtually impossible for Fiji citizens to hold its government accountable for its management of the public’s money.

                                                                          

Ratu Jone Kubuabola                                             Mahendra Chaudhry

Member Executive Committee                                     Leader

Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party                   Fiji Labour Party

                                                                                 

Mick Beddoes                                                                Pramod Rae

President                                                                       General Secretary

United Peoples Party                                                    National Federation Party

Attar Singh

General Secretary

Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions

 
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FIJI FACES A LONG ROAD TO PEACE

BY BRIJ LAL (The Canberra Times)

A new constitution would have the potential to cut Fijian politics adrift from its hobbled past.

Just before Christmas, the Fiji Constitution Commission, chaired by Kenyan constitutional lawyer Professor Yash Ghai, submitted a copy of the draft constitution to Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

The draft constitution is inevitably a compromise document, balancing a range of views and interests and concerns, but its overall direction is clear. It seeks to restore Fiji to full parliamentary democracy. It recommends the retention of the Westminster system, with a 71-seat parliament.

Like the 1997 constitution, which was abrogated by the Fiji military in April 2009, it recommends a strong bill of rights, an independent judiciary, freedom of the media, efficient and effective public service: things which would be unexceptionable in any democratic state.

But it also recommends a break from past practices. For example, it recommends the abolition of all racial representation in parliament and election from non-racial constituencies. A proposition which seemed beyond contemplation just a decade or so ago can now be entertained because of the profound demographic transformation which has taken place in Fiji.

Indigenous Fijians, or iTaukei as they are now called, make up about 60 per cent of the total population and Indo-Fijians about a third, putting an end to racial fears and phobias which hobbled Fiji politics for a century or more. All citizens are now simply called Fijian, rather than classified according to their ethnic identity.

A closed List Proportional system of voting is recommended to replace the existing Alternative Vote system. Elections will take place from four national electoral divisions, not through constituencies. The draft constitution recommends a third of the candidates for parliament should be women. The term of the parliament would be reduced from five years to four, and the term of the prime minister limited to two (that is, eight years).

The president will be a nominal head of state, with a single term of five years, elected by an amorphous Peoples' National Assembly, though how this will work in actual practice will be debated. The Fijian military has already rejected this proposal.

A hand-picked and regime-friendly Constituent Assembly will soon approve the final constitution. To take Fiji to elections promised for next year, the draft constitution recommends a caretaker administration be installed six months before the election date, to be run by politically neutral experienced administrators. The military demurs.

All the major political parties have supported the draft constitution, putting aside for the time being their quite profound political differences. Returning Fiji to parliamentary democracy is their first priority. If fully implemented, the recommendations of the draft constitution will have the potential to revolutionise Fijian politics and cut it permanently adrift from its hobbled past and disastrous preoccupation with race politics.

In Fiji, unsurprisingly, what is good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. The military has taken strong exception to some recommendations of the report and has sought to discredit it. The spat between the military and the commission began soon after the report was submitted to the President.

Keeping his promise to the people who had appeared before the commission, and working within the framework of the decree which governed the commission's modus operandi, including the requirement for it to make the process of consultation as transparent and participatory as possible, Ghai ordered the printing of some 600 copies for distribution to key stakeholders. Then the drama started. Naivalurau gave orders with Khaiyum to seize 600 copies of draft Constitution

Twelve policemen, apparently on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua, and with the knowledge of the Attorney-General, surrounded the Government Printery and confiscated the printed copies of the draft document. An irate senior police officer verbally abused Ghai and ordered the unceremonious burning of three printer's copies of the documents in his presence.

A clearly distraught Ghai wondered what this vengeful act of vandalism might portend for the fate of his work. The Fijian military argued that the professor was acting illegally in authorising the printing of the draft constitution as his tenure as commission chairman ended when the report was submitted to the President.

In a short note circulated on the internet on January 1, Ghai rejected the claim and held his ground. The military wants Ghai charged for breaking (some unspecified) Fijian law. The campaign to malign Ghai and his work is in full gear.

The question to ask is why is the Fijian military so obsessed with keeping the draft constitution secret from the Fiji public? Was it so naive to think copies of the document would not find their way into cyberspace sooner rather than later? What did they expect from an eminent constitutional lawyer? And why discredit a commission the Fijian regime itself had set up? Whereto from here?

The regime's anger and disappointment over the contents of the draft constitution are not hard to surmise. The draft is, after all, a democratic document, while the Fijian regime is anything but. The military could not have been happy with the recommendation that it return to the barracks and operate again under normal civilian oversight. The recommendation that the tenure of the commander be for one term only would not have found favour with the military hierarchy.

The Attorney-General would have been peeved by the commission's finding that many of the decrees he authorised were defective, arbitrary and in breach of fundamental human rights. Ironically, it was the Attorney-General who was instrumental in Ghai's appointment as law lecturer at the University of Hong Kong.

The course the Ghai Commission recommends is at sharp variance with the narrative woven by the Fijian military -which is in effective control of the country. They see for themselves a supreme guardian role, over and above the normal institutions and processes of government in Fiji. They are there to stay, and they will not budge. There are many in Fiji who have ridden the gravy train for the past several years and they will not voluntarily step aside for institutions of parliamentary governance to take root once again. Power concedes nothing without a struggle, and there is very little sign of that in Fiji.

Fiji military wants ongoing role in Fiji

Not waiting for a new constitution to come into effect and for the parliament to convene next year, the military regime has embarked on a wide-ranging program of creating a new identity for Fiji. The Queen's image has disappeared from the Fijian currency (although her framed photos hang in government offices), and plans are afoot to change the national flag. The national carrier, Air Pacific, is now Fiji Airways. These are not signs the regime in Fiji is in a hurry to go anywhere, any time soon.

The battle is truly joined. The Fijian military will have a constitution that enshrines their vision for Fiji, not any other. They want a continuing role for themselves in Fijian affairs, not retreating to the barracks. For those who yearn for a timely return to parliamentary democracy in that sadly troubled nation, the road ahead is hard...ENDS

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