Another 56 workers of the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities were sacked yesterday after their involvement in a sick sheet scam.
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.
By Vijay Narayan.
Read below some communication from Fiji Economic Forum FB site on the above topic:
Suliasi Daunitutu: Why wouldn't they comment on the doctor's fate ? He is just as guilty if he was handing out boggy sickies.
Annunakii Grey The doc was last years news ........december last year to be exact
Saltenberg Sorby you to for condoning and sympathizing with the sickees
Suliasi Daunitutu I wrote above that a penalty of a losing a weeks wages would be enough to discourage further misbehaviours. I am not sympathising with the workers...I am thinking of the families that depend on that income. Over 100 workers is a lot of income lost for God knows how many families
Saltenberg Sorby You don't know industrial relation and human resource management. You have a lot to learn before you can be responsible for any governance. You pray and I kick them through the Ten Commandments which Jesus also supported.
Suliasi Daunitutu You might be a more qualified person than me, but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know, that performance and productivity will suffer if you are minus over 100 workers in two weeks.
Saltenberg Sorby It's no use trying to make you guys change and be acceptable. I believe that you are nice person to befriend but we are in two different worlds Suli
Sila Kotobalavu Whats that saying? "u pay peanuts u get monkeys"(?) comes to mind. BUT nevertheless we have to start somewhere...right?
Richard G. Whippy Qoroniasi Bale was a declared bankrupt and yet he was given the AG's post in Qarase's government!...a case of do as I say and not as I do?...definately!.
Paul Turaga Lets focus a little bit to the Clinic Room for revenue taking from this..114 workers (56,58) if they visit the clinic three times a month for $10.00 per consultation he/she get $3420/month and & $41040/year.Lets project more if this scam has been going on for the last 3 years and revenue taking will approximately $123,120.However,revenue variation will also increase if some of the employees visit the clinic more than 3 times/month.Again,as we read from the first trimester of this scam most of them didn't even visit the clinic.
Richard G. Whippy The volume of sick sheets in this case can never compare to that which has been pumped out of the Bailey Clinic to Civil Servants and employees in the Private Sector over the years, under similar circumstances by respectable doctors who were also members of the laity. The only difference is that in this case they were caught, whereas at the Bailey Clinic 'business' is probably still carrying on as normal.
Tevita Korodrau Paul Turaga you are just like them crooks.We all acccept them in all they are doing.Your theortical calculation supports a man on the realm of leadership which he shouldnt have from get go.Their leader and your leader Frank Bainimarama broke every rule in the book you shy away with your calculation.I wonder when will stand up for a even playing field.Paula Turaga stop and call a spade a spade.
Paul Turaga Bula Tevita Korodrau...did you have a change to watch the LA Sevens?Fiji supporters has been growing like a weeds from the land of opportunity.Spade is a spade but your obessive and faddish ritual will never ever change a single thing that you spitting out from that destructive neurons.You have some kind of frothy secretion of spittle bugs...
Pete T Isaac Tevita, couldn't help but mention FB......and I laugh. They rip what they sow, I say bring on the young, motivated and lets move on. Easily solved...
Tevita Korodrau Paula Turaga just openly confessed that it was all good when he did what he did.Tell that to your children. Tell it to Fiji,It is you in your inner conscious will know that it was wrong,wrong.
Lobustus Hindustani: Clean up should have started from the top ... this criminal murderer PS for Works by the name of Franci Kean should be sent back to jail ... then we can sort out the rest ...... life's a pitch *
Saltenberg Sorby: They are the broom Lobs, don't break the broom because you may have what you want. Kean is a nice person when you come to know him; and he's certainly a qualified professional.
Lobustus Hindustani: Do they have proof for this scam ..... its one thing to 'believe' this has happened, and another to present credible evidence that a court of law will view as having any strength .....
Kave Saukuru: How about apply the "yellow ribbon" policy,Francis Kean..??
Saltenberg Sorby: Wrong application of the 'yellow ribbon' Kave Saukuru
Kave Saukuru: The whole idea of forgive n moving on....
Lobustus Hindustani: Wow Kave ... true ... but ... if he wants to be forgiven ... then could he have forgiven those accused of this scam ... save their jobs and given another chance ?
Tourist’s hand cut off during attack in Fiji
A Chinese tourist had his hand cut-off during an attack on Beqa island in the south of Fiji last Sunday.
It is believed that the man and his wife were disturbed in their hotel room during an attempted robbery, and the victim’s hand was severed during an ensuing scuffle.
An official at the Chinese Embassy in Suva says a man has been arrested over the attack and is before the courts.
He says the victim was sent to Australia for further hospital treatment but says his hand could not be reattached.
The fact is if you look at the unfolding dynamics you will clearly see that the RFMf has developed templates for destabalisation since the first coup d’etat in 1987
if you look at the template Rambo used and the one which was used in 2000 and then again in 2006 you will see that there are common threads running through all of them:
(a) the takeover is always “justified’ on a pretext which deflects focus away from the RFMF and onto the political arena
(b) there is always a destabalising “third force” which the RFMF uses as a justification for its intervention
(c) once the officers get into power, they seek to entrench that power by imposing themselves into the civilian political system and they look for positions within the civilian structure either as Govt or as administrators – they seek to change the Constitution and the legal system and thereby entrench themselves into positions of Governance
Rambo basically worked with the Taukei Movement in 1987 – he had his meetings with the leadership in the Epworth hall in downtown Suva in the period leading up to the 1987 coup d’etat – that link with the Taukei Movement allowed him to use them as destabalising “third force” which he was then able to bring into his justifications for why he did the 1987 coup detat – its the same as green flag operations - it also allowed him to have a “third force” which could raise the tempreture everytime they needed a destabalising event to give credibility to the RFMF’s ongoing “interventionist” role
basically the cover they set up was that (a) the Taukei Movement was a destabalising third force in the country (b) that destabalising third force is a serious risk for the country (c) in order to keep the country from descending into instability the RFMf has had to “step into secure the stability of the State”
of course it helped when they were in coordination with the Taukei Movement – because that gave things an air of credibility – i.e that they could present to the world a story that the Taukei movement was really a dangerous force which required the RFMf to step in and remove Parliament in order to preserve the stability of the State
in 2000 the same thing happened – similar template. the third force were the Itaukei ethnonationalists – but that one went off balance when the ethnonationalists refused to play their role of third force and instead decided they wanted to be the main force – in the end though the RFMf prevailed – the Govt was changed - and then the RFMf wanted an ongoing role in the governance of the nation which eventually led to its tension with the civilian arms of the State
so in 2006 the same template was used again – this time the political corruption was the basis for the takeover. the stated intention was that it was necessary to cleanup Fiji to ”build a better Fiji”.
we are basically developing a Pakistan dynamic - they’ve used the same templates in Pakistan to justify millitary coup d’etats - and the officer cadre have developed templates for running millitary takeovers against their Govt.
but as you can see all these destabalisation tactics have been very expensive for the country – because the millitary has eaten the biggest chunk out of the Fiji national budget since 1987 and has basically not contributed any comparable return on that money – for the amount of money which has gone into them, they should be producing a rate of return 10 times what they eat up – thats how you qualify the value – 100 million a year and the govt should be getting a return on that investment of at least 1 billion a year from the RFMF – but its nowhere near that, matter of fact its nowhere near even 10 per cent of that 100 million per year plus the blow outs to their budget they’ve been making since 2000.
all those monies should have gone into strengthening our economy and growing it – instead its gone into destabalisation activities and coup d’etats which have done nothing to develop this country, only regress its development
these things need to be looked at camly and rationally – and when you look at the numbers and look at the patterns which have developed over our last twenty four years of development vis a vis this institution called the RFMF, you will see very clearly the costs benefits for the country – and the costs have far outweighed the benefits.
nobody else destablises this country – its the RFMF. their weapons are used in coup d’etats – and the templates for destabalising the country have involved active connections between third force destabalisation groups and the RFMF – that was established clearly in 2000 when George Speight and his guys had a clear connection to the RFMF – which is how they managed to source the weapons they used in the attempted putsch.
we can’t deflect the focus onto politicians and ethnonationalists and all those guys – they don’t have the guns to mount those coup d’etats – and those groups gain strength via their connections with the RFMF – just like the militia’s in Pakistan are tied into the Pakistani ISI.
these are serious issues about our development.
and this is why the regional and international powers are moving to limit the supply of arms and hardware to the RFMF – its a process of downsizing which is now coming from without – we don’t have a say in it because the sanctions simply mean that the capabilities of the RFMF are being downgraded until eventually it will be unable to engage in these types of coup d’etats anymore, let alone peacekeeping - we are seeing the phasing out of the RFMF now – and its one of the effects of the FB coup d’etat of 2006 – probably an unintended consequence – but regardless, its now given a conceptual foundation to the regional and international powers for the implementation and ongoing build up of that millitary sanctions policy which has been in place since 2006 and which is now having effect.
thats whats unfolding now - the RFMF is being phased out – not by a Parliamentary vote in Fiji, but by the millitary sanctions being imposed on upgrades of equipment and training – not only through ANZUS, but also by the preassure being placed from ANZUS onto the other countries in the region and throughout south east asia.
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Ratu Eparama Kitione Tavaiqia installed as new Tui Vuda
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.
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