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Permanent Secretary for Works Commander Francis Kean said they have taken the step after analyzing all the evidence and seeking the advice of the Public Service Commission and the Solicitor General’s Office.
The 56 workers went home yesterday after the earlier sacking of 58 workers in December in relation to a similar sick sheet scam.
When questioned by Fijivillage on whether the problem has been fully dealt with, Commander Kean said the matter will not end here.
He said the message to all staff of the Ministry from day one since taking office is to commit to an honest day’s work.
Commander Kean said the actions of these workers are in total contrast to the message that has been delivered to them and is a blatant disregard of the terms and conditions of their employment as Government Wage Earners.
The same medical doctor from Nausori was involved in the case and the Ministry of Health has been advised of the outcome of the investigations.
A Chinese tourist had his hand cut-off during an attack on Beqa island in the south of Fiji last Sunday.
INDISCIPLINED soldiers and POORLY DISCIPLINED ARMIES do coup d’etat’s.
its a poor reflection on the organisation and its officers when a coup d’etat or a mutiny or even an attempted mutiny happens because it shows that there is:
(a) lack of discipline - a professional standing army is defined by one thing, and that is DISCIPLINE – and discipline means
(i) submitting to the lawful chain of command – and that lawful chain of command starts from Parliament within a Constitutional Democracy
(ii) following lawful orders which come down the lawful Chain of command
(iii) maintaining force coherence and unity- and that means officers within the organisation work as a cadre of professional soldiers – respect for fellow officers and professional men at arms
(iv) rigid respect for the rule of law -
to the millitary the rule of law is very important, because it has arms and an arsenal in its possession and control which places a HUGE RESPONSIBILITY and DUTY on it to ensure that those weapons and skills are NEVER USED IN ANY WAY against the State (as represented by the Parliament and the Constitution) or the people of the State for whose security it is entrusted to destabalise it, to conduct coup d’etat’s, or to use it against fellow soldiers (mutiny) or to put at risk or endanger the lives of the people of that State - the Millitary in a Parliamentary Democracy are the final guarantor of the rule of law and the stability of the State, which means that it is also its MOST ARDENT SERVANT.
it shows that:
(b) the officers have no conception of the Constitutional role of the millitary within the context of a Civilian democratic State - and thats a reflection on their training and their intellectual grounding. this is one of the things which distinguishes a professional standing army from other militia and organisations – a professional standing army is made up of officers who are cogniscant of their role within the State – and understand their role within those parameters – they have intellectual grounding which enables them to THINK on that conceptual level and to UNDERSTAND the various political and economic tensions which are at play within the State, to KNOW what their role is within that framework and MAINTAIN their discipline.
Fiji Army hollding guns on unarmed Fiji citizens
officers who have no conception of those fundamentals get drawn into the political arena because they have no control over their mind and their passions – no mental or self discipline – they are easily swayed into taking political positions and then easily drawn into taking active participation within the political framework by breaking that discipline - they are unable to contextualise their role within the broader framework of a democratic state – and thats why they cannot resist the urge to step into that arena – they become driven by their passions, not their cool professionalism and discipline - and that goes back to discipline and training – as an officer in a professional standing army, you must never be driven by your passions or your political views into entering the political arena as a player – your political views are your personal views, and whilst you are a member of the standing army of that State the whys and wherefores is not for you to decide – that is the role of Parliament – soldiers who want to engage in the politics should resign their commission and go and join a political party.these are basic fundamentals. Force structure, Force coherence, Force unity – all those things are strategic millitary concepts but they all come down to two things DISCIPLINE and the RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW.
thats what distinguishes professional standing armies from the rest.
a professional and well trained and well grounded soldier understands and knows those boundries – and disciplines himself to maintain them.
tactical proficiencies in the profession of arms is just a part of that overall makeup of a professional standing army – any militia organisation can get tactical proficiency – but the difference between a professional standing army and a militia is that a Professional standing army is disciplined by a Chain of command and a command structure which comes down from a Parliament which is defined in a Constitution and over which there is a RULE OF LAW
once that discipline is broken down, you lose Force coherence – you will have internal bickering (e.g Driti and Roko Ului) and officers “falling out” – thats the sort of thing which does not happen in Professional standing army where there are rules and regulations governing conduct and where those rules are respected and where the officers have professional respect for eachother and understand their lawful duties in terms of the Chain of command – thats whats called FORCE MORALE. there is coherence in the structure which is founded on that discipline.
but really there’s no point discussing these things – at the end of the day this is an organisation which has cost this country very heavily in terms of development – it should have been an organisation which added value to the country (and it did in the past with the old guys) - but thats no longer the case today – and it can seen in whats now happening
the return from Lebanon is a case in point of how indiscipline has affected things – involvement in smuggling and blackmarketeering and improper associations with the local populace eventually led to the review of that deployment – and that all goes back to INDISCIPLINE.
now Ghanabatt runs that area of operations.
and i think its unfortunate – but is merely a reflection of the decline which has also led to the ongoing instability in this country and the coup d’etats and everything associated with that.
and that dynamic is being analysed and realised regionally and internationally – its no longer a professional standing army beholden to Parliament and the Constitution but a militia. in 1987 it was Rambo’s militia and today its Bainimarama’s militia – tommorow somebody else comes along and it becomes his militia – thats the cycle now playing out.
and which is why the gradual restrictions and sanctions on millitary hardware and equipment will invariably be increased
the same happened in the Solomons – there were sanctions and restrictions put in place to restrict the supply of arms and weapons to the Solomons Government – because the arms and ammunition of the State had been misused after the Police Force over there stopped following the lawful chain of command from Parliament and the Constitution and proceeded to use the State armoury to pursue its own political agenda – thats how the Solomons was eventually stabalised – they restricted access of arms to the State Security apparatus in the Solomons whilst they strengthened the Police structures and law ad order.
it took time, but eventually its led to a situation where the Security apparatus is no longer in a position to enact coup d’etat’s or putchses against the Parliament over there – and so now they can focus on socio economic and political development – and the results are showing – they are growing exponentially as an economy – and in turn that has had its own stabalising effect on their country – because the growth has created opportunities to spread out the wealth amongst the various communities over there – reducing the distortions and areas of societal conflict
nothing new – same dynamic.
Newcrest's Fiji mine waste should not be underestimated
A leading Australian environmental engineer says photos of pollution from Newcrest's Namosi gold and copper exploration site, in Fiji, suggest heavy metals and sulphuric acid have been released into the environment.
The photos, taken by concerned landowners, show a plume of cloudy water in the Waidina River, collapsed banks and a leaking drill site.
Namosi is in rugged terrain on Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, 30 kilometres west of Suva.
Dr Gavin Mudd, Senior Lecturer in Engineering at Monash University, told Jemima Garrett the toxicity of the metals and acid should not be underestimated.
Protesting Namosi land owners.
Presenter: Jemima Garrett
Speaker: Dr Gavin Mudd, Senior Lecturer in Engineering at Monash University
MUDD: There's two key aspects from the photos that stand out to me; one is the amount of sediment and erosion problems going on there but the other one, which I think is more serious, is what we call acid mine drainage. Now, acid mine drainage is, I suppose, essentially the leachate that can come out of mines. Basically, if you take sulphide minerals, like pyrite, expose them into the surface environment, where it can then react with water and oxygen and produce sulphuric acid, and that sulphuric acid, of course, dissolves up copper, zinc, nickel, ..a whole range of different of different heavy metals that can be a quite serious concern for aquatic ecosystems.
GARRETT: You say that if Newcrest had had the usual sort of environmental management plans in place, this sort of pollution wouldn't have happened. Why?
MUDD: Well, a lot of companies have environmental management systems in place and certainly Newcrest do do that and, to me, the interesting question is why do we still get problems like this popping up? If the systems are in place, they should be able to prevent this. They should be able to manage the erosion, they would identify risks such as acid mine drainage as being very serious. And I know companies like Newcrest do understand these types of risks. The question to me really cuts to the heart of the rhetoric versus the reality, I guess. These things are well known in the industry. They should be able to be managed.
GARRETT: This is only the exploration phase. If the project gets up it will be a very big development. How does it compare in size to something like Ok Tedi in Papua New Guinea?
MUDD: I think, based on the resource figure that Newcrest are reporting for the Namosi Joint Venture, it is on a similar scale to Ok Tedi, and perhaps even a bit bigger. It is a very large project so, therefore, if things go wrong the risks are therefore very large as well! And we've seen that at mines like Ok Tedi in Papua New Guinea, the old Bougainville mine, of course, which led to severe social and environmental problems that still have not been resolved. I would urge caution because you want to make sure if you are going ahead with these types of projects that you do get it right, that you have good management plans in place, you resource the monitoring and the environmental management properly and so, that way, you can ensure that you are not leaving a legacy that is negative, that overall you can leave a positive legacy. That, to me would be the way I would approach it.
GARRETT: Fiji is currently going through the environmental impact assessment process for this site. What should the Fiji government be looking for in that assessment?
MUDD: I have read through the guidelines that have been published by the Fiji government and they are quite extensive and they do cover a lot of the range of issues and it is now up to Newcrest to decide which way they plan to develop Namosi. Are they going to be building a tailings dam or are they going to use marine tailings like Lihir? Now, on that type of question, to me, I certainly think there is a good case to be made that they can deliver a conventional land-based tailings dam and deal with risks such as earthquakes and so on. If you look at a country like Chile, they've learnt from the past, in terms of when earthquakes happened and tailings dams collapsed because they weren't engineered to withstand earthquakes. So these are all the options that should be considered. The other critical aspect with any kind of environmental impact assessment is good baseline data i.e. what was everything like before the mine started? Now that can be on environmental grounds, surface water quality, ground water, marine and so on but also the biodiversity. But also, social as well, because a lot of the concerns that people have about some of these large developments are not just environmental but also social. So good quality baseline data that can really answer in the future any questions about what changes have been caused by the mine versus what might be natural or maybe climate change related, or all sorts of various factors. But good baseline data, good options and thorough assessment of different options -these are all the things that should be looked at as part of any environmental assessment.
GARRETT: Fiji hasn't had a big open-cut mine like this before and I guess it is going to be looking at preventing problems rather than cleaning up the mess afterwards. What sort of regulation and what sort of monitoring will it need to protect the environment?
MUDD: There is a whole range of things that really cut to the heart of that. One is extensive surface water monitoring, and by that I mean not just at one spot you know maybe a handful of times a year but regular. At places like the Ranger uranium mine they now actually have online monitoring where they have probes permanently in the creeks to monitor the water quality continuously and that gives you excellent detail to look at what is being released from the mine in terms of any sort of run-off from the mine but also making sure, especially in the rugged terrain, that exists on the islands in Fiji, it may be that you need to monitor multiple streams not just one. So really in that sense extensive monitoring and independent checks on that monitoring.
GARRETT: This mine, if it goes ahead will be a big mine on a small island. It is in the headwaters of Fiji's biggest river, the Rewa River and it is also quite close to the Coral Coast where the tourism industry is located. Is it possible that this mine is just too big for the situation that it finds itself in?
MUDD: That is certainly one line of thought. At the moment, of course, it is really up to Newcrest to answer that and for the government to accept Newcrest's position, or for the community to say no, actually we do not think this is worth the risk. And that is, I suppose, where everything is up to at the moment. So you can only hope that the studies are thorough, that there are extensive baseline studies, that good options are put on the table and they are all assessed comprehensively. So, at the moment that is an open question. It certainly is a very challenging situation and it is not something that should be taken lightly at all.
Source: ABC Radio Australia
LICENSED TO KILL - A NECESSARY ANALYSIS BY INTERNATIONAL
WATCHDOG TORTURE WATCH ON BAINIMARAMA'S POA
License to Kill
Regime gives state security personnel license to kill under newly introduced Public Order(Amendment) Decree 2012
For many in Fiji, the announcement on New Year’s Day that the regimewould lift the Public Emergency Regulations (PER) on Saturday 7 January2012 was met with elation and joy. Many thought that the regime had turned the corner from its worst days and that a new dawn was beginning with the positive news and overall tone of the broadcast.
However once again this joy has been cut short and only now the truth is slowly emerging.The regime has not turned the corner into a new dawn and continues to lie and deceive the people of Fiji just like every other day.
Public Order (Amendment) Decree 2012With the newly introduced Public Order (Amendment) Decree 2012 whichcame into effect on 06 January 2012, the regime has given members of thesecurity forces a license to kill. This license to kill can be found undersection 9 of the decree and reads as follows:
“Prohibition and dispersal of assemblies 9.—(1) The Commissioner of Police or a Divisional Police Commander, if he or she considers such action to be necessary for the securing of public safety, or for the maintenance of public order, or for maintaining supplies and services essential to the life of the community, may, by order a) prohibit absolutely or subject to such conditions as he or she may think fit,any procession, meeting or assembly in any place or building, whether publicor private, notwithstanding the fact that a permit for such a procession, meeting or assembly may have already been granted; (b) direct any procession, meeting or assembly in any place whatsoever, whether public or private, whether or not any order shall have been made prohibiting such procession, meeting or assembly under subsection (a), todisperse, and it shall there upon be the duty of the person taking part in such procession, meeting or assembly, to disperse accordingly;
(2) The Commissioner of Police or any Divisional Police Commander may prohibit any procession, meeting or assembly in any place (whether public or private) or may direct any procession, meeting or assembly (whether in public or private) to disperse, if the Commissioner of Police or any Divisional Police Commander is satisfied that any person or organisation organising, assisting or participating in any such procession, meeting or assembly has on any previous occasion been refused a permit under section 8 or any such person or organisation has on any previous occasion failed to comply with any conditions imposed with respect to any meeting or procession or assembly, or any such person or organisation has on any previous occasion organised any meeting or procession or assembly which has prejudiced peace, public safety and good order and/or which hasengaged in racial or religious vilification or undermined or sabotaged or attempted to undermine or sabotage the economy or financial integrity of Fiji.
(3) Any police officer, if in his or her opinion such action is necessary for the public safety, after giving due warning, may use such force as he or she considers necessary, including the use of arms, to disperse the procession, meeting or assembly and toapprehend any person present thereat, and no police officer nor any person acting in aidof such police officer using such force shall be liable in criminal or civil proceedings for any harm or loss caused by the use of such force.Analysis of Section 9(3).
The part that gives the security forces a license to kill is found under section 9 (3). This subsection is for starters vague and towards the end brutal.
The vague part consists of: ‘Any police officer’. Any police officer means that it can be a police officer of any rank, it can be the lowest ranking officer which in this case will be a Constable all the way to the top with the highest ranked officer being the Commissioner of Police.
The public is then at the mercy of any police officer who: ‘if in his or her opinion such action is necessary for the public safety, after giving due warning…’ This officer will act without any proper guideline or guidance from a higher ranking police officer or authority. There is no definition or explanation as to what consists of ‘due warning’.
How will it be ascertained that the policeofficer has made sure that his or her warning is heard by the members ofthe public who are gathered?
LICENSED TO KILL
Under this subsection, a police officer is given wide ranging powers without any consultation or second opinion and can go ahead and do as he or she pleases.
Also once this police officer has made up his or her mind and in his or her opinion such action is necessary for the public safety, this police officer is then authorised and: ‘may use such force as he or she considers necessary’. Again without any proper guidelines or guidance from a senior officer, this officer may use such force as this person considers necessary. The use of force is not limited to physical force only but also: ‘including the use of arms’. Arms being guns which the police and military have in theirpossession and can be used against citizens at any given time.
Section 9(3) continues by authorising the police officer: ‘to disperse the procession, meeting or assembly and to apprehend any person present there at’.
The brutal part of this subsection states that: ‘no police officer nor any person acting in aid of such police officer using such force shall be liable in criminal or civil proceedings for any harm or loss caused by the use of such force’.
1) Firstly: No police officer, military officer either from the Army or Navy,prison officer or any person shall be held liable under criminal or civil law while aiding or assisting in dispersing of any procession, meeting or assembly for any damage to property belonging to members of the public caused by the use of such force;
2) Secondly: No police officer, military officer either from the Army or Navy, prison officer or any person shall be held liable under criminal or civil law while aiding or assisting in dispersing of any procession, meeting or assembly for any harm or physical injuries suffered by members of the public caused by the use of such force.
3) Thirdly: No police officer, military officer either from the Army or Navy, prison officer or any person shall be held liable under criminal or civil law while aiding or assisting in dispersing of any procession, meeting or assembly for any loss or death suffered by members of the public caused by the use of such force.
Analysis of Section 17B- Another section under the Public Order (Amendment) Decree 2012 gives state security personal a license to kill is section 17B.
Under the heading Power of arrest, search and to use force, this section reads as follows:
Power of arrest, search and to use force 17B. — (1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any other written law, it shall be lawful for any police officer –(a) to effect the arrest of any person whom he or she has reasonable grounds forsuspecting to have committed an offence against public order, or an offenceagainst this Act;(b) to search any person whom he or she has reasonable grounds for suspecting to have committed an offence against public order or an offence against this Act;(c) to search any building, vehicle, cargo or baggage which he or she has reasonable grounds for suspecting may contain any matter connected with anoffence against public order or an offence against this Act, and for the purposeof effecting the arrest of any person whom he or she has reasonable groundsfor suspecting to have committed an offence against public order or an offenceagainst this Act to use such force as he or she considers necessary, including the use of arms, and no police officer nor any person acting in aid of suchpolice officer or member using such force shall be liable in criminal or civil proceedings for any harm or loss caused by the use of such force.
License to Kill
This subsection states that: ‘it shall be lawful for any police officer’… ‘to use such force as he or she considers necessary, including the use of arms, and no police officer nor any person acting in aid of such police officer or member using such force shall be liable in criminal or civil proceedings for any harm or loss caused by the use of such force’.
Once again any police officer, military officer either from the Army or Navy,prison officer or any person shall not be held liable under criminal or civillaw while aiding or assisting for the purpose of effecting the arrest orsearch of any person by the use of such force for any damage to property, personal injuries or death caused to any member of the public.
Under the Public Order (Amendment) Decree 2012, all police officers, all army and navy officers, all prison officers are immune from criminal andcivil liability for any death caused while taking action under this decree.These state security personnel are also immune from any criminal or civil prosecution in a court of law.
The draconian measures introduced under the Public EmergencyRegulations Decree 2009 have been repealed and done away with only tobe replaced with a new decree with a new name – Public Order(Amendment) Decree 2012.
For many the joy was short lived!
by Bula Bee on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 6:21pm
Qarase Fiji’s best performing Prime Minister
decade – but they are now running out of road – just as Rambo did back in 1996/ 1997 after he stole Kamikamica’s horse.
Qarase grew the economy from 1.6 billion in 2001 to 3.1 billion in 2006. That is the strongest sustained performance ever in Fiji’s economic
history – in effect the Fijian economy basically grew 100% in those 6 years under Qarase – it doubled in size.
thats an undeniable fact - Qarase holds the record for the sharpest and strongest periods of growth in Fiji’s history
its stands up favourably with the record Kamikamica set – although Kamikamica was around for only 4 years he managed to grow the economy
by 25% from 1.1 billion in 1988 to 1.5318 billion in 1992
Qarase’s record is the best ever in the history of Fiji – only one other Prime Minister in the history of Fiji has achieved a doubling of the size of the
economy and that was Rt Mara
but the growth Qarase created was done in a shorter timeframe and from a higher base – which is made Qarase’s result all the more spectacular.
Qarase’s was sharper and faster and aggressive – Rt Mara’s was more gradual and smooth.
you have to admire what Qarase achieved – but i still don’t agree with his affirmative action policies because i believe they are inefficient over
the medium to longterm – and in fact by 2005 that growth was starting to level off as the fiscal tensions created by the distorted affirmative
actions programs began to show – it eventually levelled off in 2008 (three years later) – and then we had the massive drop in GDP down to 2.82
FB and these guys are only living off the foundation Qarase set in the first six years of the last
Reported by RealJack
The illegal Government of Voreqe Bainimarama has been called by some non-Indigenous Fijian individuals to also force democracy in the Fijian village system by the election of our Chiefs for some fixed term. The uneducated interim Prime Minister has been called together with educated Indigenous Fijians to force the change.
The change, if it finally happens will see the anhilation of the Indigenous Fijian culture, land rights and ownership something that is held very dearly by the Indigenous Fijians. This call is a breach of the Indegenous Peoples Rights adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council and declared in 2006.
The call is also inciteful and can lead to a backlash of Indigenous Fijian resistance who will fight to stop any move to take away our rights to the protection of our cultural property and identity and also ownership to our land collectively.
Read below Raymond Bakers view on the issue:
I think that Government and modern educated Taukeis should encourage bringing democracy to the villages of Fiji. Local Villagers should be able to elect their chiefs to serve for a fixed term, and if they did a good job for the villagers, then she/he can get elected again. Otherwise elect fresh person who promises to bring improvement to the villages. This is n...ot a far fetched idea, but a modern one where the old ways are questioned by many educated people as redundant and serving the privileged few for life. Democracy should be brought all the way to grass roots levels, all the way to the villages.
This is not so different as historically, chiefs of villages were replaced when by new chief grew old and could not perform his duties. Then a new warrior would rise up, dispose the old fool by killling him and become the new chief. This made sure that the chiefs did not become a dynasty family, or a dictatorship, and not for a privileged few generations after generations.
More on his comments, he said that " I think FB (Voreqe Bainimarama) should start this modern day democratizing the whole country from grass roots up by choosing a small island like Taveuni which has a sizable population and teach the villagers to elect their village chiefs. If the current chief d...oes not like this and opposes this freedom and democracy movement, then it means he is against freedom and democracy and will make sure his villagers will also hate democracy and freedom. Litmus test time !!!"
In a conversation taken regarding the above topic, here is what people have to say:
Nacanieli Rogoimuri: Baker, you can take your suggestion to wherever you originally came from, just leave the changes in our Fijian system to us the Fijians, we are also aware of Chiefs taking advantage of their position and we are encouraging our people to face them boldly and correct their ways in our own ways. You are a hypocrite for suggesting that as you don't apply that same logic to that suguraki Bainimarama the Fiji dictator. How we can turn blind eye on some and force issue on the weak.
Lawrence Lal: Village young girls becomse victim of village chiefs...it's being there for years...these village chiefs/tui/turanga in koro/roko/buli should be role model.
Trisha Moore: That's a very crude view you've got. Don't know which village you're from, but try not to be too racist. The aim here is to get past the bloody racial issue! Your kind and Nacanielis is the reason why the two ethnicity can't get along!!!!!
Rishab Nair: The racial characteristics are becoming less clearer by the day. We have reached a situation where there is no difference between an Indo-Fijian or a native. Both can excel equally if given the same opportunity. Hence, its time to just give everyone equal opportunity and let the best shine.
Crystal Tuinaceva: Now that we've been kind to accommodate vulagis they want to rule our chiefdom too with their so called educated mind.
Viliame Waka: try and ask your vulagi neighbours in your vicity to converse in Native Fijian and ask them how long have they been staying in Fiji. Then you research what language people speak in Scandinavian countries, Asian Countries and maybe you should ask your self why Tonga has more educated people per capita then Fiji.
Sila Kotobalavu: Raymond what exactly are u trying to prove?? Do u come from any of these villages? Chiefs are not and will not be elected! Thats why theyre called Chiefs n not PMs! Its like telling England to elect their next Royal Family!!
Raymond Baker: some people dont like changes that will benefit most of the people, they want to maintain the status quo that benefits a chosen few. these chosen few will destroy the whole country for their own selfish agendas, to keep that power, control, and wealth of the nation, like the gcc.
Saltenberg Sorby: Oh yes Raymond, it is their democratic right; whether to move forward or not. You can't force it down their throat. The acceptance of FB's coup will be decided and determined by the 2014 General Election. It is and will always be the people's choice...But traditional inheritance is different story Ray and is their chiefs
Jale O. Baba: They want Fiji to be exactly as it was when they deserted it (meaning ppl commenting from overseas), and Fijians not to think for themselves but leave it exactly as Ratu Sukuna did.
Source: Fiji Economic Forum FB page
After the last series, the trend has been that without military inclusion in the sevens team composition, Fiji won the Gold Coast Sevens. After the Gold Coast Sevens saw the inclusion of military people in coach Alifereti Dere, Aminiasi Nava and Nikola Matawalu and Fiji's performance deteriorated to the point where we were thrashed 48-0 by Wales the same team that we beat 19-0 yesterday.
After the pool games in Wellington on the first day, we won convincingly against Argentina, lost to Tonga in the second game and came back to win against Wales in the last game.
Osea Kolinisau defends against Wales in the pool games of the Wellington Sevens.
The lost to Tonga was due to complacency both on the part of the players but mainly on management. Including new sets of players as a rotationaal basis to give everyone gametime backfired badly especially when they put Dan Rawaqa out of position in play makers role, one of the key positions in Sevens rugby. Now that has been done, some important lessons that the management has learnt is never underestimate your opposition, treat every game as a final, when making changes players should play in their usual positions that they are comfortable in.
(Lessons lernt from the loss: http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=040212f3815454e1e3a33d3d875836)
When all these are addressed, Fiji will be unstoppable in the quarter finals where they are bound to play South Africa and only New Zealand will stand between them and the Wellington Sevens victory.
Until then, let us wait and see if the theory that Fiji without the Military will bring us victory and glory in our endeavour to do well and compete strongly against the rest of the world.
the single biggest item of expenditure in the Fiji budget over the last twelve years since 2000 has been the millitary – 3500 guys have eaten up $1.2 billion over a ten year period between 2000 and 2010 (and its currently ongoing – it hasn’t ended).
as a proportion of their contribution to the GDP of this country – you can also check their yearly contribution, its negligible – next to zero when stood up against what they eat out of the national budget – the returns on peacekeeping over the last twelve years comes nowhere near even 10% of what they have eaten out of the national budget in that same period, and its even eroded further when you consider that the millitary has been at the forefront of every destabalising and unlawful removal of a civilian govt in the history of this country – either in the form of rogue units who have broke rank discipline (indiscipline) or officers who have decided to remove lawful Govts at gunpoint via coup d’etat
Fiji military used by Dictator Bainimarama to terrorise civilians
the only things they have been ”contributing” to this country in the last 24 years is consuming the biggest chunk of the countries budget for eating, sleeping and once in a while marching around on public occassions furling and unfurling flags at Albert Park and doing coup d’etats and destabalising the country every so often – otherwise they now contribute nothing meaningful or of value to the nations economythe RFMF was formed in World War 2 because it was to fight in a war which was being conducted in Melanesia and which was threatening Fiji, and other countries in this region – there was value and purpose at that time. they were engaged in Malaya because it had geopolitical value for the broader Asia Pacific region in so far as the issues of the extending commnunism were concerned
but today it has no meaningful role – so all they have been basically doing is eat up the biggest chunk of the national budget and have their officers plan coup d’etats - lately they have taken on new habits of kidnapping and tourturing and terrorising Fiji citizen civilians and even non Fiji citizens – and they have also engaged in civilian murders since 2006
Sakiusa Rabaka's mother still mourning the brutal killing of her son by the Military in Nadi.
its abundantly evident that they create no value for the nation today – they only create instability – the fact is that all the millitary and political instability in this country in the last twenty four years has emanated from the millitary, either through rogue units or through the officer corp assuming for themselves, at the barrel of the gun, the leadership of the country.
its sad, but its true.
thats whats happening in this country
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