It was reported that the Constitution Commission chaired by Prof Yash Gahi would today hand over their final report on a proposed new constitution to the interim President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. The proposed new constitution is supposedly based on the knowledge of constitutional experts, good governance principles and submissions from the people of Fiji.
However, col Mosese Fisher (Tikoitoga), talking in a radio interview with ABC presenter Bruce Hill about the RFMF objectives (on behalf of the dictator bainimarama) says that the Republic of Fiji Military Forces has told the Constitution Commission that it won't allow Fiji to reverse course.
This means that the RFMF leadership, under bainimarama's dictatorship, only wants to see a proposed constitution that contains their ideas and objectives. Col fisher and Bainimarama will ignore the report and also ignore the voice of the people that were not afraid to make submissions, if the report does not give bainimarama immunity and also doesn’t put him in the president’s high office. This shows that the whole Constitution Commission saga was only a scam to fool the international community into believing that Bainimarama is concerned about Fiji and that the people were actually having a say in their new constitution.
Bainimarama already has a constitution drafted that will keep him in power and out of prison. The issue now is how does Bainimarama implement it and make it look like it has the support of the people. Its clear that Bainimarama doesn’t have overwhelming support from the people so this is going to be interesting.
Remember that Khaiyum told senior military officers that there would be no elections in Fiji until 2020. 2014 was just a date that bainimarama had pulled out of the air to appease the international community. It worked. But the truth is being revealed and the world is fast beginning to understand bainimarama’s modus operandi, which is based on lies and more lies. This is undoubtedly an inherited trait.
Col Fisher's comments indicate that Bainimarama knows best for Fiji, while ignoring bainimarama’s low level of education, arrogance, criminal mind and devious nature and that Bainimarama is running from the law to save himself. Col fisher also suggests that they (col fisher and bainimarama) will use the RFMF to ensure khaiyum's version of the constitution is implemented and that they will overthrow anyone who disagrees.
We therefore need to consider the institution of the RFMF and how col fisher and bainimarama are manipulating it to achieve their goals. They are exploiting the office of the commander and the military might of the RFMF to enforce their evil agendas.
The problem is that the soldiers respect the office of the commander RFMF, and not necessarily the person in that office. This is what bainimarama understands all too well. It is also the reason why bainimarama won’t give up the commander's position. If bainimarma gives up the role of commander RFMF and focuses on just being the PM, then he is more than likely to be arrested by the RFMF and imprisoned. An outcome that bainimarama is doing his best to avoid.
Another point is that Bainimarama's views do not represent that of the entire RFMF. In 2006, over 80% of the soldiers voted for the Qarase government. But, being good soldiers, they do their duty and follow orders. This is what they are doing now – it’s just the nature of the beast. But col fisher and bainimarama falsely imply that they speak for the entire RFMF.
Col fisher also raises a point that "..the coups were predominantly i-Taukei or indigenous Fijian led coups, and again in 2000 ... when an Indo-Fijian government came into power it became another i-Taukei military force that went across and took over government". But col fisher deliberately ignores the truth that frank bainimarama, was behind the 2000 coup because he wanted to rule Fiji.
Lt-Col Tarakinikini, in his statement from New York, reported in The Daily Post on 18 April 2002, stated that bainimarama wanted it all. That bainimarama didnt want to relinquish the executive authority of Fiji’s head of state after the 2000 coup. Bainimarama insisted on hanging on to power when advised by his senior, and more highly intelligent, officers to hand over power to the Bose Levu Vakaturaga - the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC). Subsequently, Bainimarama has deliberately attacked and undermined the GCC to remove them from being an opposition or obstacle to bainimarama being head of state. Col fisher commented that there is no other institution other than the government institution or non governmental organisation institutions or any other institutions like the previous Bose Levu Vakaturaga [Great Council of Chiefs] to come into the fore and quite simply to challenge government policies.
Lying is fast becoming col fisher's method of operating, but we also need to consider Col fisher’s situation in the RFMF. He is really only repeating what Bainimarama has ordered him to say. If he does not then he will be out of a job. So col fisher is protecting his job and not doing his sworn duty. Remember what happened to those senior officers who had disagreed with bainimarama’s treasonous intentions and had stood their moral ground. They were all removed. This is also what a number of officers are concerned about. How would they support their families. So they continue to follow orders, and waiting.
By removing the senior officers, Bainimarama had to promote junior officers to the vacant senior roles. The junior officers were not trained for these roles and nor did they have the right skills and capabilities. This is how Mosese fisher (Tikoitoga) was promoted above his level of competence. This is also the case for a number of other senior officers in the RFMF today. Brigadier Mohamed Azizz did not attend any military training or college. His claim to fame is agreeing to whatever Bainimarama says and keeping bainimarama’s pay details and financial deals safe from public view.
A diplomat had jokingly asked if Bainimarama was also going to promote his soldiers to brain surgeons or dentists in hospitals without having had any formal training or the right abilities. Yes, we can laugh at this comment, but the tragedy is that bainimarama has already posted his soldiers, friends and relatives into senior government roles without having the proper qualifications and intellect. Khaiyum’s permanent secretary for public enterprise, Elizabeth Powell’s claim to fame is setting up an internet site for a travel agency. This explains the stories told to us about her lack of knowledge of business, management and economics. but she likes to talk as if she does know it, especially, when she is at international meetings amongst highly educated and professionals who actual do know far more about the subject. This arrogance can also be said of her boss khaiyum.
What col fisher forgets to mention in his comments is that the RFMF leadership, and not the entire RFMF, are ones dictating to the i-Taukei (indigenous Fijians) about how the country and their people are to be governed. Col fisher and bainimarama are not i-Taukei. They are considered kai loma, while the RFMF is made up predominantly of i-Taukei.
Col fisher's comments actually suggest that the kai-loma leadership (of col fisher and bainimarama) are telling their i-Taukei soldeirs to ignore their traditions and their traditional leaders because the i-Taukei are stupid. And that the i-Taukei are to blame for the coups. The fact is that the coups were planned and carried out by self-serving senior military officers! And Bainimarama is one of those self-serving officers.
The senior RFMF leadership didnt do their jobs then and they aren’t doing their jobs now. Hence it isn’t the RFMF that’s the problem. It is the few self-serving and incompetent senior military officers who are to blame for manipulating the RFMF into doing their evil deeds. Just like what bainimarama is doing now - manipulating and exploiting the RFMF so that he can run from the law to save himself from prison.
Col fisher says, "So the 2007 or end of 2006, beginning of 2007 military takeover is an attempt by the military to right all the wrongs that were done in the past and now support an integrated society in Fiji". This is the cover story that bainimarama wants us all to believe. The reality is that bainimarama is trying to right the wrongs he did in the past - 2000 coup, threatening the PM and government to renew his contract and disobeying orders of his Commander in Chief and President. bainimarama staged the coup in December 2006 to save himself from being arrested and going to prison. And he is now trying to cover it up with lies about caring for the people and having an integrated society. the Fijians and indians have two totally different cultures, with their own set of values, and they will integrate in their own time and at their own pace.
Col fisher (TIKOITOGA) also lies about there being no more coups in Fiji because he also says that the military will ensure their goals are maintained beyond 2014 . This suggests that if another government is elected and does not agree with the bainimarama, then the RFMF, under col fisher, will overthrow them to maintain their goals. In another coup!
Col fisher is also suggesting that so long as bainimarama is perceived by soldiers as being the commander RFMF, then bainimarama will remain the supreme authority of Fiji - and its dictator.