The removal of yet another different layer of the proverbial onion has revealed another sad aspect of the SODELPA party's split. It appears, if the FBC report is to be believed, that a certain individual played a key role in the Party's suspension, and possibly, if the rot is allowed to continue, to its deregistration as a party!!
The rot has to stop! And someone needs to take the leadership role in the party to ensure it does stop!
Unfortunately, according to so-called experts on the SODELPA constitution [of which there are many versions] and on leadership [yeah right], the Party Leader is useless! A mere puppet with no powers and who is apparently not allowed to even use his own initiative to do his job and lead the party! This offers some explanation, if you believe the party experts, as to the Party Leader's lack of proactive action in getting this entire issue under control from the get-go and out of the public domain. But maybe, some suggest, he's just tired and wants an easy life, while others suggest he is clueless and incompetent as a leader!
Thankfully, Vijay Singh the only person able to fill the vacant SODELPA acting President role, according to the Supervisor of Elections [SOE], stepped into that leadership role and attempted to take control of the Party Office, its bank details and other assets.
But low-and- behold, Adi Litia Qionibaravi, suspended SODELPA MP, still claims that she is the Party General Secretary and refused to hand over the keys! Wow! Remember that she is the same person who was taken to court along with two others after they told party members "if you don't like it then take us to court! [Paraphrasing]. So the members did and won!
Singh in a series of correspondence, reports continues the FBC, had informed Qionibaravi
that he had not suspended her. In fact, he was following the directions outlined by the SOE who indicated that she was no longer the Party’s Authorised and Registered Officer. This means that she needed to get with the law and stop her defiant and stalling tactics that will cause the party to be deregistered.
Singh decides to include the Registrar of Political Parties in his correspondence with Qionibaravi. This is to ensure the Registrar is made aware of the situation and does not hold the Party liable for the actions of self-serving individuals.
Its interesting how Qionibaravi had a change of heart and hands over the items, but ONLY AFTER the Registrar is included in the correspondence. What a shame that it had to come to this!
FBC reports that Singh is trying to call a Working Committee meeting to draw up a plan to formalise the Party's appointments and to comply with the directives by the Registrar of Political Parties.
We seriously request that all SODELPA members put aside their fragile egos, private agendas and childish temper tantrums and work together for the common greater good of the party, the party faithful and the nation! The greater good and goal is to defeat and remove the corrupt Bainimarama FFP at the next elections!
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This is just unbelievable! A bunch of grown ass men and women who want to lead the next Government can't sort out their own internal party issues!!
This is a sad reflection on the Party Leader who should have had this situation under control!!
The Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem, has suspended the Social Democratic Liberal Party [SODELPA] for a breach of the Political Parties Act.
As a result all party appointees have been declared null and void. The party has 60 days to rectify all issues or it faces deregistration. But that's not all!! It was also revealed that the party has multiple versions of their own constitution!!
This is just unbelievable given the party ranks include lawyers, accountants, academics and business operators! This reminds me of that famous quote from the movie Remember the Titans, "Attitude reflects leadership!"
So maybe its time to remind the Party Leader that his role is not a ceremonial one. That it requires him to get off his backside and take control of the situation, set the ground rules and lead the party as a unified and effective team to win the next elections!
COVID-19 did more than just put a lot of people and business in Fiji out of work with many struggling to make ends meet. It also revealed that the Bainimarama FijiFirst Government, run by its megalomaniac Minister for everything, Sayed-Khaiyum, has mismanaged the economy with nothing put aside to help the people in a national crisis!
10 years of UNPRECEDENTED lies, corruption and mismanagement by Sayed-Khaiyum and Bainimarama!
Now desperate for funds, and with no tourism income, the Bainimarama Government is putting their greatest skill in to use, again! They are saying whatever needs to be heard in the hope of joining the Australia and New Zealand travel bubble. Khaiyum announced that they are "developing various protocols" that will ensure both countries are comfortable to include Fiji in their travel bubble.
But one only has to look at the many existing protocols [government procedures and system of rules] to know that the Bainimarama Government has a long nasty record of announcing one thing and then doing the total opposite! In Fiji there is one set of rules for Bainimarama and Khaiyum and their corrupt family and friends, and another for everyone else! The internet is littered with examples.
The past week has seen Khaiyum putting on a "dog and pony" show to give the impression that Fiji is safe for travelers. We hope it is! But remember, there is no transparency in Fiji for any truly independent verification of their claims, which include:
Many struggling workers and their families will be happy and relieved to get back to work if Fiji is included in the travel bubble. And it will also save the BROKE corrupt government from having to loot the workers' FNPF retirement savings, yet again! Some feel that when their FNPF is depleted, the Bainimarama Government will next get them to use the meager savings they have left in their bank accounts, and then claim that the money was government assistance.
But joining the bubble will also mean that the Bainimarama government can return to their normal corrupt practices, lies and arrogant mismanagement of the economy, driving Fiji further into debt and misery!
If approved, joining the bubble will still be months away and some argue that maybe Fiji needs to go through these struggles for the people to truly feel and understand that they have been lied to, cheated and robbed by the Bainimarama government!
Fiji's last democratically elected Prime Minister who had served for six years during troubled times, Lasenia Qarase, was laid to rest at his home village of Mavana on Vanua Balavu island, Lau.
His passing drew many genuine heartfelt tributes to him and his fundamental integrity and unwavering commitment to Fiji and the rule of law. There was virtually no criticism of his performance as a Prime Minister, writes Prof Wadan Narsey, and most of the tributes had little exaggeration. Prof Narsey would know, as he has been a critical observer of and a participant in Fiji’s national politics over the past decades.
The family of the late former Prime Minister acknowledged Government for mobilising its resources to assist in granting Mr Qarase’s wish to be buried at Mavana. The family spokesperson said they were thankful and grateful to Bainimarama and his government for providing them with a chartered flight and a Government vessel to ease the burden of transportation to Mavana Village. This included the Government’s decision to lift the ban on inter-island travel. This assistance is the least and decent thing a nation could do for a former and last legally elected PM.
We thank the government officials who worked in the background to get this assistance approved.
But there were no glowing tributes to the former Prime Minister from:
But the tributes, says Prof Narsey, also raise two huge “elephant in the room” questions:
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In 2016 Fiji's least educated Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama arrogantly called for New Zealand and Australia to be kicked out of the Pacific Islands Forum, saying "they are not Pacific Islanders". But Bainimarama and Khaiyum continue to cry to these countries for help and aid after each natural disaster!
Fiji was suspended from the forum for failing to return the country to democracy in 2009. This is after Bainimarama's military coup of 2006 that overthrew Fiji's last democratically elected Qarase government.
So Bainimarama went on another of his childish temper tantrums and arrogantly boycotted the Pacific Islands forum saying that Fiji should take a lead role in the Pacific. Yeah right! "In fact", continued the fool, "if it was up to me [Bainimarama] we would remove Australia and New Zealand from the forum,...I don't think they should be in the forum. They are not Pacific Islanders."
Fiji refused to renew its membership to the Pacific Islands Forum unless Australia and New Zealand were expelled as members.
Meanwhile, Fiji was working to reconfigure the Pacific, building ties with non-traditional partners like China and Russia. It had also engaged with a new Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretariat in 2012 and arrogantly claimed that it better represented the region.
But who has Fiji run to and cried to like a baby whenever they have suffered a natural disaster and have been unable to help their people because of their vast corruption, nepotism, theft, lies and mismanagement of the economy! The COVID-19 pandemic has also revealed Fiji's:
Yes it has been Australia and New Zealand who have come to Fiji's aid!
After all that childish crap by Frank Bainimarama and his arrogant megalomaniac puppet master Khaiyum, they are now crawling back for help - saying that they have had discussions and have written to ministers in Australia and New Zealand in the hope that they will open up travel between the three countries!! Khaiyum is awaiting a formal response.
Frank JV Bainimarama's childish intellect knows no shame! He arrogantly stated that if it was up to him, he would remove Australia and New Zealand from the pacific forum, but now he needs them and is crawling back on his hands and knees! Tu na da Bainimarama!!
It's time for change! Time to defeat a rigged election and remove the corrupt and lying Bainimarama dictatorship!
Joseph Stalin is said to have stated that “It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.”
Many seem to forget or don't yet realise that Fiji's election system is rigged in favour of the corrupt Fiji First Party [FFP] who also control the Supervisor Of Elections [SOE] and the entire Fiji Election process. The SOE is also the nephew of the AG Sayed Khaiyum, who is also the FFP Secretary General and the Minister responsible for Elections and all judicial appointments.
So it doesn't matter if Rabuka and the Opposition receive 99.9% of all votes cast on election day. They are still expected to lose, again, if they are not able and willing to fight tooth and nail for their voters, to expose and defeat the vote rigging process!
The lack of true transparency in the whole voting process is the ideal setting for the SOE to manipulate the results being received from polling stations, and announce the losing FFP as the winners! This is key, it happened in 2018 with FFP declared the winner by a very narrow margin!
The narrow margin cleverly fooled a lot of gullible people into thinking the election was closely contested and therefore had to have been free and fair! It wasn't even close!
Social media posts, with evidence attached, pointed to fraud! A number of results from various polling stations announced by the SOE did not match the polling station's tally! It would have been easy to just compare both counts to verify the accuracy, but NO! This is not allowed! There are many other examples. Yet the Multinational Observer Group [MOG] eagerly declared the election to be free and fair. Yet none of the countries they each represent would accept such a "free and fair" system!
In addition, no one is permitted to review the ballot papers to verify the final results or to audit the systems used in the election process! The ballots are then burnt to hide the evidence! This is the perfect setting to manipulate any election and to cover it up!
It was clear from the evidence in 2018, that the peoples voice had been manipulated in favour of FFP. The opposition challenged the results in Court run by the FFP, and lost. But what happened next is really unbelievable! The Opposition just gave up! Refused to fight on! They rolled over and accepted the rigged results as final! Wow! Why? How come?! There were no protests, no strikes, no stay at home, no go-slow, nothing!
Did they forget we live under a corrupt and lying dictatorship with an illegal 2013 constitution, or did this realisation cause them to pause out of fear! IF it was fear, then why did they stand for elections! Surely, there are other brave candidates willing to take up the challenge!
But get this, the same people who sold us out in 2018 want to lead the party again in the next election! Hence, our concern and the question, whom do they serve?
So unless the Opposition devises a new and more effective strategy that includes how to defeat a rigged election process, with the right person as leader, who is capable and willing to fight tooth and nail to defend our win, then we are destined to LOSE, AGAIN, in 2022!!!
Over 1,800 have been arrested, charged and convicted for breaching COVID-19 regulations, including five convicted youths who were told by the judge to plant and fish to pay off their $500 fine by 21 July. A person was thrown off a bridge and beaten! Other breaches copped hefty fines!
The FijiTimes reported that the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho had stated that the Police will not hesitate to arrest anyone who is found failing to comply with health orders as adequate warnings have been issued. 22 juveniles were arrested in Lami playing touch rugby and another two arrested in the Southern Division.
A police team on mobile patrol saw a group of people playing touch rugby along Hedstrom Road in Samabula, said Qiliho, and managed to arrest a 20-year-old who was found with the rugby ball while others had run away.
They will most likely now have criminal records!
Meanwhile, Bainimarama who had been photographed breaching social distancing requirements at a funeral [if the time of the picture is correct] gets off scottish-free!! The hypocrite has obviously made himself "More Equal than Others" This is the new Fiji!
Yes it is unfortunate that people have been charged and fined, and many say "it serves them right for breaking the law!" BUT who is the bigger criminal here?
Is it the innocent people, many care-free, some of poor education, low intellect and ill discipline, who failed to suddenly change their life-style and be expected to respect curfew hours and social distancing rules, overnight!
OR is it the greedy, arrogant leaders who are supposed to protect the people and the nation in the first place, but decided that money was more important and so kept the border open, letting the VIRUS in to Fiji, NOT ONCE but on multiple occasions!
They still refused to close the border after Fiji's first confirmed case, and more flights arrived brining in infected people who went on to infect others.
Bainimarama and Khaiyum than attempted, unashamedly, to put all blame for the virus on to the first patient Soko, a flight attendant! What a bunch of low-down kaisi bakolas!
Bainimarama then claimed that the COVID-19 virus was the biggest threat to Fiji! If that were true then why didn't he close the border?! Too dumb or just stupid? Must be another of his many "GDP na dinau" moments!
The biggest threat to Fiji is YOU Frank JV Bainimarama! Yes you and your arrogant and megalomaniac puppet master Sayed Khaiyum, with all your corruption, lies, no rule of law, stupidity, criminal activities and childish temper tantrums!
Its time for change! Its Time the people of Fiji rid themselves of the dictatorship that has oppressed their rights and freedoms for over 13 years!!
The Opposition should be in power now, it won the 2018 elections, but it isn’t! Rabuka couldn't defend that win, he simply rolled over and accepted the rigged results! Why is that? Did he make a deal with Bainimarama? Is he afraid that Bainimarama will reveal the skeletons hidden away in his closet?!!
So what will be different in the 2022 elections?
Will Rabuka just roll over again and accept another rigged result! Highly likely! Unless, Bainimarama and Khaiyum suddenly agree to hold a true independent, free and fair election and accept the results, even defeat! Which means they lose power and face getting arrested and going to prison for their crimes! Not even likely!
So what will be different?! Nothing! It will just be another four years of dictatorship unless the people stand-up and say STOP! Enough is enough! But who will lead them to take such a stand?
The true character of a person is revealed in the choices they make during times of adversity, and Rabuka has proven to be a weak leader in this time of Fiji’s greatest crisis! He has been unwilling and afraid to stand-up to defend our win in 2018 against the rigged election, or to go against an illegal 2013 constitution that was forced on to the people at gun point, or to speak out against the many blatant lies and corruption taking place. Social media does a far better job of speaking out against the dictatorship and its crap!
More and more people, thanks to social media, have come to realise that Bainimarama and Khaiyum have been lying to them for years. There was no Bainimarama Boom or 10 years of prudent management of the economy! It was all lies! But social media can only go so far, there needs to be boots on the ground, by the people!
Under Rabuka there have been no protests, no strikes, no rallies, no go-slow, nothing! When asked why, the usual answer is because the dictatorship doesn’t allow it – so fuking what! It’s your job to defend our rights! Even if it means going against the illegal constitution and military thugs!
The elected opposition’s piss poor stand is the reason why many have become fed up and direct their frustrations at Rabuka and the Opposition!
Fiji is under a dictatorship that usurped power in a military coup with guns! Then they rigged two elections to stay in power backed by fear and intimidation implemented by military goons with guns, so talking nicely and being polite and politically correct towards the dictatorship will not do the trick! Where in history has this worked? It will only encourage them to continue their grip on power! So many have rightly lost hope in the Opposition led by Rabuka!
It has become clear that Rabuka has lost his spark and is NOT willing to do anything more beyond his useless speeches delivered in parliament. Nor has he backed-up any of his fancy words with any positive action! He won’t even stand against the ex-military commanders in parliament! He still thinks he is in the military and takes the comments from the corrupt speaker as an order! What a joke!
The opposition under Rabuka has proven to be ineffective and weak! He has not been able to unite his own party, nor has he been able to unite his voters against a rigged election results, so how the hell is he expected to unite a nation against a dictatorship! So far its social media doing all the work while he gets paid and drives around in a taxpayer funded four by four! For what?!
Rabuka is not the same person he was in 1987. He has clearly lost the will to fight and has accepted the illegal 2013 constitution. It's safe to suggest that he sees the next elections as a part of his retirement plan, where he will again tow-the-line and accept whatever the government dictates while making more empty speeches in an attempt to justify his seat in parliament.
Meanwhile the people must struggle on with the highest ever cost of living, high unemployment, no rule of law, high crime and no human rights!
The people know this and they are fed up! They see no progress or improvement to their dire situation under Rabuka!
Its time for change and we must act fast!
It’s time others within SODELPA or someone else, male or female, to stand up and be given the chance to expose their true potential to rise to the level of leadership that we need to defeat a corrupt and lying dictatorship that uses the police and military goons with guns to instil fear and intimidation over the people! The new leader must not be afraid of being arrested and must be willing to take the fight to the dictatorship both inside and outside parliament, on behalf of the oppressed people! They need to mobilise the voters into saying enough is enough and to take a stand against the corrupt and illegal dictatorship!
We need to identify a new leader now, and Rabuka and the present leadership have proven beyond doubt to be incompetent, unless a miracle happens!......
So support Rabuka if you still wish to keep backing a deflated and incompetent horse and hope for a miracle! But remember a wise old man once said, that Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results!
Its time for change and a new leader with TRUE GRIT.
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Fiji's rigged 2014 elections. Click HERE to hear Prof Wadan Narsey explain how the 2014 Fiji elections was Far from free and fair: Another victory for treason, lies, deceit, money and the culture of silence.
Prof Ghai Constitution
Fiji's dictator revealed
RFMF BoI report 2000
BoI missing pages
Khaiyum's Final Solution Thesis
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