Quotes by Fiji’s dictator, Bainimarama, which reveals a man running from the law & saying anything & everything to escape from it
Fiji’s dictator Frank Bainimarama hails from the village of Kiuva in the Kaba Peninsula, Tailevu Province, Fiji. In May 2000 he ordered Fiji's elite military forces, the CRW, into parliament with George Speight to overthrow the democratically elected government and take them hostage.
Bainimarama's aim was to rule Fiji, but the coup didn’t go to plan so to get it back on track Bainimarama illegally removed his Commander in chief and President of Fiji from office. This was Bainimarama’s second coup in 2000. The coup eventually failed and so Bainimarama had to hide his guilt and appear innocent and ensure that anyone with knowledge of his involvement in the coup was either silenced or not given the opportunity to reveal the truth. Here are some of Bainimarama’s quotes to that effect:
On taking over the government, 29 May 2000:
On releasing persons sentenced for involvement in the 2000 coup:
No innocent soul would want to hide the truth that will exonerate them, so why is Frank Bainimarama objecting to the truth being revealed?
Comments on the proposed Reconciliation and Unity Commission:
Excerpts from Bainimarama’s address to Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs, 28 July 2005:
Please, don't let age stop you from hearing reason and the truth. Far too many times I have seen village and community elders ignore what a younger man or women has to say. Just because they are much younger. Parents also do this same thing, but remember you send your children to school to learn and to become doctors, lawyers and teachers, etc. So why not listen to their opinions. To ignore it because of age is ridiculous and only strokes stupid egos and prevents opportunities from being realised! Arrogant and uneducated individuals also do this a lot so that they dont appear stupid. Often they will raise their voice while insulting the other person and making fun of their ideas. These are idiots that should not be in a leadership or advisory role.
Worse is that Bainimarama is now lying to the indigenous Fijians in an attempt to steal their lands and make them second class citizens in their motherland. Remember, that owning a piece of land in "name only" means nothing when you don’t have a say in how much rent should be paid, how long the lease should be and when it should be returned so that your future generations can use it for their business ventures, etc.
Reaction to statements in Parliament from Senator Apisai Tora, 23-24 August 2005. Reported by Fiji Village news service:
Compare these quotes by Bainimarma to what he has done since December 2006 and hopefully you will see the truth about the real Frank Bainimarama, a man running from the law & saying anything & everything to escape from it. And when you do see the truth, then decided what you will do to save your country from Frank Bainimarama and Khaiyum.