Ex Fiji Sun

Grand coalition
Dr Sushil K Sharma, Lautoka
Though not an impossible task, but a very difficult and uphill battle because of the very short time left before the September 17 elections, the Bainimarama Government is beatable at the polls by a unified grand coalition team of all the opposition parties, provided they have the spine to work in the interest of Fiji, rising above petty party politics, often immersed in personal egos, blinkered aims and short-term goals.
This scenario is possible provided all the opposition parties meet face to face and talk and unify urgently and immediately into a focused agenda- driven grand coalition, able to provide an alternative preapproved and publicised cohesive national unity team.
The grand coalition team has to be willing to take over the reins of government on September 17 democratically, by providing a reformed agenda of leading a new government of national unity with a common purpose to work for the people by understanding their needs and wants first and foremost.
If at all required, any future review of the 2013 constitution by this grand coalition, has to be done as per process and procedure outlined in the 2013 Constitution.
This means that changes will need full mandate and approval of 75 per cent or more of the parliamentarians after a bill for the amendment has been raised in parliament and read at least three times with the second and third reading at least 30 days apart with full debate and providing the 75 per cent threshold mandate at both the second and third reading, further provided that before the third reading of the Bill in Parliament can take place, the relevant committee of Parliament has reported to Parliament.
After approval and notification to the President, who shall then refer the Bill to the Electoral Commission to conduct a referendum of all the registered voters in Fiji to vote on the Bill, the President will assent to the Bill provided that three-quarters of the total number of registered voters in Fiji have agreed to the Bill.
Now that we are guided by the 2013 Constitution which Bainimarama helped accomplish, and this remains no secret; it is not true and definitely a myth that only the Bainimarama Government can and will be able to offer the mission and visions articulated in the new constitution.
In my opinion, it is best that all the opposition parties combine well before the elections and announce their national unity message and their offerings to Fiji as a grand coalition.
In my personal view, a government of national unity is the only way forward for multi-cultural and diverse Fiji and will provide much needed stability; not by the barrel of the gun, but by the pooling of thoughts, ideas, ability to work together and reach compromises establishing a genuine notion and determination to create a truly all-inclusive Fijian society, ahead of self-interest and grandstanding.

Proposed OneFiji replies to FijiFirst’s objection

Thursday, 31/07/2014

Proposed Registered Officer of the Proposed OneFiji, Sitiveni Kalou and FijiFirst General Secretary, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

The Proposed OneFiji Party has asked the Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem to dismiss the FijiFirst Party’s objection to the registration of OneFiji.

Proposed Registered Officer of the Proposed OneFiji, Sitiveni Kalou said One and First do not mean the same and cannot possibly cause any confusion.

While replying to FijiFirst General Secretary, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Proposed OneFiji said First is who came ahead of others while One will always stand alone.

Kalou also said that there will be no confusion for the voter as claimed by the FijiFirst because the Proposed OneFiji campaign will be clear in its promotion and propagation of its party candidates and policies.

He said the ballot paper will also not contain party names, symbols or even candidate names so there is no chance of confusion under those factors.

In a letter to the Registrar, Sayed‑Khaiyum said One Fiji’s registration should be refused because the party would confuse the voting public.

He said it is likely to be confused with or mistaken for FijiFirst.

Sayed-Khaiyum said FijiFirst is the only political party with two words in it, with the word ‘party’ not in it and with the word Fiji in the name.

He said the proposed OneFiji party has the same features.

Sayed-Khaiyum said OneFiji is put as one word similar to FijiFirst, and the beginning of the two words are capitalised as in FijiFirst.

Story by Vijay Narayan

Sodelpa are finding difficulty in getting their message across in the mainstream media.

Fiji’s Sodelpa Party beefs up voting campaign

Updated at 6:45 am today

Fiji’s Sodelpa Party is beefing up its campaign by recruiting young volunteers to go house to house and gain voters.

Sodelpa organisers say they need to step up efforts one month before the polls as they are finding difficulty in getting their message across in the mainstream media.

The party’s General Secretary Pio Tabaiwalu also says they’re sick of being branded as old politicians.

He says the party is fielding five under 35 year olds as candidates and party membership has a youth quota.

“What is happening is, you know when we have political meetings, it’s the older generation that come. I think traditionally in Fiji, it’s like that. So what we are trying to do is motivate the youth to invite their peers, after that, from that we are holding a youth rally which they are planning for.”

Pio Tabaiwalu of Sodelpa.

4000 farmers ‘idle’

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, July 31, 2014

ABOUT 4000 farmers nationwide whose leases have been renewed are not making use of their land.

Citing a finding of the Committee for Better Utilisation of Lands (CBUL) , Agriculture Minister Lt-Col Inia Seruiratu said this was irresponsible.

“About 4000 farmers whose land leases have been renewed are still idle and this is irresponsible of them,” Lt-Col Seruiratu said.

“We can change this attitude and use the good lands available to increase productivity and also address the socio-economic issues we are currently facing.

“We need to take responsibilities as far as the government, stakeholders and the farmers are concerned.

“Government is providing technical expertise and other form of assistance but we also have a responsibility to shoulder in order to reduce the import bill.”

Lt-Col Seruiratu added the Fijian Government had good goals and plans to improve the agriculture sector.

“The plan is the People’s Charter for Change, the roadmap and the key pillars.

“Pillar Eight emphasises the reduction of poverty to a negligible level by 2015 and achieving higher economic growths while ensuring sustainability.”

Registration in process

Nasik Swami
Thursday, July 31, 2014

WITH the looming general election, three proposed political parties are going through the registration process.

According to the Fijian Elections Office, the proposed parties are — proposed Fiji United Freedom Party, proposed One Fiji Party and Proposed Activists People’s Party.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said his office was processing the details of the proposed Fiji United Freedom Party.

“We had forwarded them the letters of particulars that we have received, they have received and responded to us and we are now working on the response they have provided, we are also assessing the data that they had provided to us in terms of the numbers, we are very frank in terms of the duplicity and validity of the data,” Mr Saneem said.

He said the Elections Office would liaise with them this week.

“The other proposed party was the proposed One Fiji Party — we received some particulars in response to their application as well,” Mr Saneem said.

He said the Elections Office had forwarded the parties the particulars.

“We have forwarded them the particulars that were received and we attempted to serve them on Friday 25 (this month) however, we could not get anybody at the address provided so we delivered the letter this week Monday so we expect a response probably this week.

“The third one is the proposed Activists People’s Party, we have advertised it and we are currently in the period where particulars can be submitted and once we receive everything, we will be liaising with them.”

Solomon Islands want to resolve airline impasse with Fiji, says Attorney General Titiulu

By Makereta Komai
From PACNEWS

News
Thu 31 Jul 2014

 

KOROR, Palau— Authorities in Solomon Islands want to resolve the impasse between its airline, Solomon Airline and Fiji’s national carrier, Fiji Airways, which has affected flights between the two countries.

The stand-off now into its third week has affected hundreds of passengers travelling between Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Solomon Islands Attorney General, Billy Titiulu is confident that ‘both governments will move to resolve the impasse.’

He is in Palau this week with his Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, returning from Cuba where the country’s new diplomatic mission was officially opened.

Titiulu told Pacific journalists in Koror that Solomon Islands has been dealt with unfairly by the Fijian civil aviation authorities.

“We have given Fiji Airways the right to fly into Honiara via Port Vila. They pick passengers from Fiji and drop off in Port Vila and they can pick passengers from there and come to Honiara. But the Fijian authorities have not accorded that same arrangement to us. This is unfair, Titiulu told journalists.

Under the current Air Services Agreement between the two countries, Fiji Airways has a Tuesday scheduled flight to Honiara via Port Vila and Solomon Airlines has a Saturday flight to Fiji.

“We have a long standing arrangement with Fiji dating back to the 1990s and it’s based on equity and reciprocity.

“However, our friends in Fiji applied for additional flights on Saturday which is on the day that we operate between Solomon Islands/Vila and Nadi. On our part, we need to consult with our operator before a decision is made, said the Solomon Islands AG.

He said Solomon Islands granted Fiji the freedom to pick and drop passengers en route to Honiara via Port Vila but that equal access has not been given to Solomon Airlines.

“We can carry passenger and drop off in Port Vila but we cannot pick passengers in Vila to go to Nadi. In the same vein, we cannot pick from Nadi to drop in Vila whereas Fiji Airways enjoys that right. That’s the inequality that we are trying to have it resolved, said Titiulu.

He said a meeting was planned for Vila to resolve the impasse but that meeting did not eventuate.

“The Fijian authorities did not like our response and cancelled our approved flight on Saturday 12 July 2014. They are now moving to the next level and not dealing with the pending application. They terminated the approved schedule which has been there for a long time. That’s not fair.

“As a result we did not allow the flight on the following Tuesday, 15 July 2014.

Titiulu is mindful of the urgency to deal with the stand-off between the airlines.

“We need to put our positions to the Fijian Government properly and we need to get their positions properly also so that when we meet we know what the issues are. Right now the impasse has affected issues of code-sharing.

“Fiji has taken it the next level. They are not only cancelling our approved flights but they are also not touching our code-sharing arrangement with Air Niugini. To us that is not fair.

Titiulu said Fiji’s decision ‘seems to go away from the spirit of the initial air services agreement.’

“It’s a very good agreement. All we need to do is agree to the agreement and the code-share arrangement. The equity and reciprocity has been eroded through the process of cancelling each other’s flights, said Titiulu.

Meanwhile, Fijian Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji’s position remained consistent and that responsibility for the dispute rested with Solomon Islands Government.

“After the Solomons Government banned two successive Fiji Airways flights from Nadi to Honiara in breach of our Air Services Agreement, the decision was made to suspend all Solomon Airlines flights until the matter is resolved,” he said in a government statement.

Sayed-Khaiyum said the suspension included selling seats on airlines designated by Solomon Islands as code-share partners.

“We regret the inconvenience to the travelling public but this action was triggered by Solomon Islands and the responsibility lies with Honiara to make the first move,” he said.

Pocket meetings to the fore in Fiji campaigns

Originally aired on Dateline Pacific, Tuesday 29 July 2014

 

Transcript

As campaigning steps up before Fiji’s election, the “pocket meeting” is king.

But political parties say even in small intimate gatherings they’re finding people are afraid to ask questions or express their views.

Sally Round went along to one meeting in the suburbs of Lautoka held by People’s Democratic Party candidate Vijay Singh.

VIJAY SINGH: A pocket meeting is where we get a small crowd, say ten to fifteen, to twenty people and we speak to them and we advise them and we share the views and we ask them questions to tell us what their views are, and tonight is this four pocket meetings in different places in Lautoka. So all of us leaders are distributed evenly everywhere.

SALLY ROUND: So how does it work, do you just turn up and people come and go?

VS: What we do during the day or probably give them notice at least four or five days, we give them small flyers and just them to advise ten to fifteen houses around the vicinity and we get to one venue so that we can talk to them.

SR: And are people generally welcoming this idea because three years ago meetings of three or more people were not allowed in Fiji?

VS: Yes that’s right, anything more than three people was not allowed and I think that was a great deception of democracy and people could not come out and they were in fear and even today they are in fear. Some people don’t come and they tell us ‘we are scared’ so we don’t get big numbers, so we do pockets.

SR: Why are they scared?

VS: I think they still feel the fear of the military and they’re still scared, and there’s coups, and what has happened in the last seven years, there’s people have been killed and everything was forced onto people by decree and they still haven’t come out of that.

SR: So this is a bit of a challenge, getting people to come along to these meetings.

VS: Very true, it’s a bit of a challenge getting people to the meetings. We have tried bringing big crowds at some stages but then we still find it difficult, they are scared but they will be standing in the corner far away listening but they won’t come to the core place of the meeting. The fear is still there, which is very sad.

SR: Will you have big rallies at all, is that in mind?

VS: Yes we will, once we have rounded up the pocket meetings, we have created little committees in every community where we go, and then we will utilise that committee and gather them at one place and make big rallies as the election gets closer.

Provisional voters roll released

Provisional voters roll released1

9:08 Tue Jul 29, 2014Taken from/By: GoogleReport by: Edwin Nand

 

The Fijian Elections Office has released a provisional list of voters for the September elections. Supervisor Mohammed Saneem says the list is based on the venues confirmed for voting. There are 1337 polling venues with 1987 polling stations. However, voters won’t have to go through tedious search process. The elections office has launched an SMS or texting service for voters to check where they’ll be casting their votes on September 17th. According to Saneem, people have to send their Electronic Voter Registration number to the number 5-4-5 and receive and automated reply with all the relevant details. The number runs on both Vodafone Fiji and Digicel networks and is a free service. A call centre can also be accessed on the number 5-4-5 to assist voters with any queries. An electronic copy of the voter roll can be bought for fifteen hundred dollars. – See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/21740/provisional-voters-roll-released#sthash.VMF3NrVn.dpuf

FLP and PDP support secular state

Tuesday, 29/07/2014

PDP Leader, Felix Anthony

The Fiji Labour Party and the People’s Democratic Party have stressed that they support Fiji to be a secular state.

Fiji Labour Party Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry said Labour has always advocated freedom of religion and people should not have any doubt on FLP’s policy on secular state.

Chaudhry said the party would like to see full religious freedom accorded to all citizens of Fiji.

When asked if the party is satisfied with the provisions of the 2013 constitution which promotes freedom of religion, Chaudhry stated that all previous constitutions had provisions for freedom of religion and so does this constitution.

PDP Leader, Felix Anthony said the party fully supports the idea to have a secular state.

According to the 2013 constitution, religion and the state are separate which means that the state and all persons holding public office must treat all religions equally, must not dictate any religious belief and must not prefer one religion over another.

The constitution also states that every person has the right to freedom of religion, conscience and belief.

It further said that every person has the right, either individually or in community with others, in private or in public, to manifest and practise their religion or belief in worship, observance, practice or teaching.

Story by Vijay Narayan, Dhanjay Deo and Semi Turaga

Fiji bullies Solomons

Fiji suspends code-share flight with Air Niugini

Tuesday, 29/07/2014

The Solomon Airlines has strongly condemned the action of the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji for suspending its code-share flight with Air Niugini however the Fijian government stresses that it is ready for talks to break the impasse.

This came after the airline’s current Honiara-Nadi code share flights operated by Air Niugini were suspended last week forcing many passengers booked through Solomon Airlines to miss their flights.

In a letter to the Solomon Airlines, Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Civil Aviation, Sharvada Sharma stated that given the breach of the Air Services Agreement and the suspension of services to Fiji by Solomon Airlines, any designated airline of the Solomon Islands will not be allowed to operate or sell services to Fiji from the Solomon Islands.

Solomon Airlines CEO, Captain Ron Sumsum said Fiji Airways has had every opportunity to code share with Air Niugini from Nadi to Port Moresby but has decided not to participate.

He added its approach to this entire situation can only be described as a ‘Bully Boy’ approach and one that they do not intend taking too lightly.

Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said after the Solomons Government banned two successive Fiji Airways flights from Nadi to Honiara in breach of our Air Services Agreement, the decision was made to suspend all Solomon Airlines flights until the matter is resolved

Sayed-Khaiyum explained that the suspension includes selling seats on airlines designated by Solomon Islands as code share partners.

He said they regret the inconvenience to the travelling public but this action was triggered by Solomon Islands and the responsibility lies with Honiara to make the first move.

Sayed-Khaiyum reiterates that Fiji is willing to hold discussions to break the impasse, but he made Fiji’s conditions very clear.

Story by Filipe Naikaso

IMPORTANCE OF OPINION POLLS

By : Sachin Anand Balram
Andykam007@comcast.net

Every time I read the “Razor Research/Fiji Sun” opinion poll, I get shivers in my spine. The latest poll shows FijiFirst party leading by a large margin. It reveals that Frank Bainimarama is the most preferred Prime Minster getting polled in eighties percentile. Others lagging behind in lower than six percentage bracket. I am fully aware that “Fiji Sun “is the propaganda machine of Fiji First party. I have no doubt that the polling data and method of polling is skewed by fraud, mischief and meant to scare the opposition. The pollsters should be cross –examined as to how they arrived at those outrageous numbers.
In spite of all that, I still argue that polls such as one done by Razor/Fiji Sun should not be ignored by the candidates and their parties. It should not be shrugged off as piece of garbage. Voter’s opinion (no matter how rigged the polls are) should be paid attention to in a big way. The present poll shows voters preference towards Frank Bainimarama and his FijiFirst party in a large favorable way. He will win big unless the opposing parties can put to the voters some mind-blowing argument why Bainimarama should not be the Prime Minster. I have not heard of any good counter- arguments, as yet. However, it is not late. If the opposing party leaders have the drive, desire, determination and gumption, they can find few powerful issues and evidence that will create doubt in the minds of the voters not to cast their vote for FijiFirst party. Party leaders- let’s hear those arguments in some detail with specifics supported by clear and cogent evidence. Just by repeating over and over again that Bainimarama got into power by gun- trotting means and illegitimate method will not suffice. That he has has suspended the freedom of speech, press and assembly and so forth of Fiji people will not suffice, either. When he ascended to power by crooked method, the people of Fiji were mired in poverty, corruption, crime, unemployment, rising food prices, land and housing problems. Bainimarama stepped up, he quickly straightened the nation’s ship, hit on all eight cylinders and got to work. He did everything what his core strengths and beliefs inspired him to do. Granted- he used some abusive and high- handed manner in achieving his goals but so what? Over eighty percent of the voters still like him and think he has done a great job. Yes! Maybe, he has personally benefitted in numerous ways during his eight years of reign. But think! Name one leader of Fiji who did not benefit from his leadership position? Even late Ratu Mara known as the “father of new Fiji” did things for Lauans at the expense of other villages.
Hence, what needs to be taken to heart is that polls should give politicians an indication of popular issues and the mood of the voters. It should not be ignored. True leaders should find ways and means to prove that Razor/ Fiji Sun polls are dead wrong. Candidates can do it by persuading the voters that they have better ideas and programs how to run the country. They can do it by demonstrating to the voters that if voted into power, they can do hundred times better than the present dictatorship/oligarchy. If the opposing party leaders can take this approach, persuade the voters that they can work tirelessly for the benefit of the country to improve the standard of living of all the people then we should see a shift in polls. I suggest that the opposing parties should get together and pay for an independent polling company (there are many), to conduct an opinion poll every week. It is usually done over the telephone. We will then be able to see what the actual, true result will be. I bet they will not be surprised. The result will be similar to the one being conducted by Razor Research/Fiji Sun. Party leaders – it is up to you to prove that Razor/Fiji Sun poll is completely and absolutely wrong.

NFP Leader says they never said they will reinstate GCC

Sunday, 27/07/2014

Leader of the National Federation Party, Professor Biman Prasad

The Leader of the National Federation Party, Professor Biman Prasad said they have not said anywhere in their manifesto that they want the Great Council of Chiefs to be reinstated.

Prasad said they have only said that within the first 100 days in
government, they will be calling a meeting of the Chiefs and the head of Yavusa’s to discuss issues in relation to the itaukei administration and discuss issues about other provisions in the constitution within the parliamentary process.

While speaking at a party campaign meeting at Navo Mandir in Nadi, Prasad also made the party’s stand clear on the 2013 constitution.

Meanwhile, Biman Prasad has also confirmed last night that lawyer, Faizal Koya will contest the general elections under NFP banner.

Story by Dhanjay Deo and Gulsher Ali

Ex Fijileaks

FijiFIST Party: Fijifirst party candidate Nemani Bainivalu loses temper and assaults man in the Wainivula Church Hall: “O iko na luveni kailoma sega kemu qele”; Luveni turned blind eye to co-candidate’s violent rage!

Ex FDN

Kadavu chiefs are asking the right questions

July 25, 2014

Kadavu chiefs have welcomed a visit to Kadavu by a delegation from SODELPA as it gives them a chance to learn more than is covered in the radio news. They welcome Government initiatives to assist development in Kadavu but feel they’re in the dark about many things and question the way many laws affecting them have been passed without any consultation. One change which had been made without any consultation was the removal of FAB scholarships as a result of which many parents struggled to find the money for their children to go to university. The meeting at the village hall in Tavuki was attended by many of the chiefs of Kadavu but there were no reports of them saying they or their vanua supported SODELPA, as happens after Bainimarama campaign meetings. It will be interesting to see if Bainimarama can now visit Kadavu and answer the questions in the minds of Kadavu leaders after their meeting with SODELPA.

Qarase told the supporters that it is important that SODELPA wins the 52 percent of the votes, not only from the I‑Taukei but also from the non‑itaukei voters because the party can lead the country.

 

SODELPA aims to win at least 26 seats

Saturday, 26/07/2014

Former Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase

“We are aiming to win at least 26 seats in Parliament if we get 52 percent of the total votes cast in the 17th September general election.”

That was revealed by the former Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase to more than 60 people at a political party campaign by the Social Democratic Liberal Party in Nadera.

Qarase told the supporters that it is important that SODELPA wins the 52 percent of the votes, not only from the I‑Taukei but also from the non‑itaukei voters because the party can lead the country.

He said SODELPA can then invite other parties for a coalition.

Former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase who is ineligible to contest the September election says the people’s choice is paramount in this upcoming election.

Qarase is now actively campaigning for SODELPA and is appearing in a number of campaign meetings.

Meanwhile SODELPA leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa has already said that they will form a coalition with Fiji Labour party and other political parties.

Story by Tokasa Rainima

 

The commissioner said he would not favour anyone, even if the accused was the prime minister

Fiji Times Online

Police promise probe

Nasik Swami
Saturday, July 26, 2014

POLICE Commissioner Ben Groenewald has assured Fiji he will investigate all complaints against government and police, including those who Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama previously said he would stand by.

Mr Groenewald said he would ensure justice to all those whose complaints had not been addressed, and he was ready to reopen cases where there was merit for further investigation.

He made these comments in response to People’s Democratic Party leader Felix Anthony’s statement challenging him to address human rights injustices allegedly caused by members of Fiji’s disciplinary forces.

Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama, on March 8 last year, said he would stand by his men, police officers or anyone else, who may be named in investigations in the brutal beating of two men shown in an online video. Quoted in media reports, he had said while people were speculating on who all were involved as shown in the footage and were saying excessive force was used, people should know that security personnel had worked hard to protect the citizens of Fiji from hardened criminals.

But the commissioner said he would not favour anyone, even if the accused was the prime minister, a politician or a police officer.

“If a person breaks the law, we will investigate and will be charged accordingly,” Mr Groenewald told The Fiji Times.

“It doesn’t matter who the person is. Whether it’s a police, politician or whether it is any person of the public, the same process will be followed and we will submit the case to the DPP.”

At a press conference yesterday, Mr Anthony also claimed he was beaten and tortured by police and military officers, among other civilians, and the force had failed to investigate the matter so far.

Mr Groenewald said he was aware of Mr Antony’s accusation.

“I saw the docket a week ago and the case was withdrawn because the complainant never submitted his medical report as was requested.

“I spoke to the divisional chief of CID in the West.

“He assured me that after many requests to the complainant to submit his medical report, he did not submit his medical report and the case was closed because of no co-operation from the complainant.”

Mr Groenewald said he was more than welcome to table the matter with Mr Anthony.

On the investigations into the alleged brutal beating of two prison escapees last year, he said he was only made aware of the case three weeks ago.

“I requested and indicated that the case has been sent to the public prosecutor and we have received the docket.”

Mr Anthony invited the commissioner to investigate not only the alleged beatings of the prisoners but also the beatings of citizens who were subjected to intimidation.

“So the Police Commissioner, I believe, has got much to do if he is to get recognition for the work that he is supposed to be doing in this country.

“We’ll wait to see how the commissioner will act upon complaints that have been made against this government as far as human rights abuses have gone in the country,” he said.

Mr Groenewald responded if there was concrete evidence or complaints by public that police did not properly investigate, they could approach them and “I will be more than glad to reopen any case if there is a need for that”.

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Powerful reassurance

Fred Wesley
Saturday, July 26, 2014

The reassurance yesterday by Commissioner of Police Ben Groenewald that he will investigate all complaints against government and the police is encouraging.

Obviously a case in point is the video that went viral online, showing a group of men brutally assaulting two handcuffed men.

While the circumstances surrounding the video are sketchy, the images are disturbing and shocking.

It shows two men being brutally assaulted by members of the group who are seen using batons and a metal pipe.

Another man is beaten on the ground. Then a dog is seen attacking him.

The abuse of the two men is traumatic.

What appears on video is horrifying and will obviously take some time to digest and get over.

What is important now is the fact that Mr Groenewald has said he would ensure justice to all those whose complaints had not been addressed, and he was ready to reopen cases where there was merit for further investigation.

He was responding to a statement by People’s Democratic Party leader Felix Anthony challenging him to address human rights injustices allegedly caused by members of Fiji’s disciplined forces.

The reassurance by the commissioner should serve as a reminder of the importance of law and order.

It does stand to reason then that the people of Fiji will embrace the powerful words of the police force’s top man.

For the men and women in blue, this is a reminder of the important role they play in the mechanics of how our country eventually pans out.

What the commissioner needs is support from his officers and from the people of Fiji.

It is with this show of support that a strong and vibrant force can take shape. The force needs a solid foundation to build from.

For what it is worth, policemen and women are reflections of society and they carry the hopes and aspirations of people who believe in law and order.

They are like beacons of hope, ensuring there is a balance in society and in our lives.

They must have pride in the uniform they don and appreciate the fact that they are carriers of a torch that places righteousness on a very high plane. They are our last bastion of hope in the fight against crime.

They are pillars that our communities and our nation will lean on to move forward with confidence. To an extent, they help us live and enjoy our lives to the brim.

But with the power and authority they wield comes a great sense of responsibility.

We applaud the direction the commissioner is taking and encourage support for the cause.

The onus is now on each member of the force to do their best and to live up to the expectations of their leader and the people of this country.

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No so long ago when the new Commissioner of Police called me personally to reassure me my complaints were being fully investigated and that his PA would be responding to my letter to him, I though it was a ‘breath of fresh air’ and reassuring.However, my complaints remains unresolved today and no updates have been received despite the personal assurance of the Commissioner.

The accused in my complaints is the Prime Minister and judging by the time the straight forward breach of the law has taken to be investigated, I’m not sure I will hold my breath to see if the rule of law in this complaint will be applied at all let alone equally.

My initial expectation that the new Commissioner would have a positive impact on the enforcement of the ‘rule of law’ equally to all citizens regardless of ones status is slowly but surely disappearing.

Mick Beddoes
Sabeto

 

 

 

Ex Coup 4.5

PictureGolden Point Resort in Ra where Khaiyum was kept for two nights

By VICTOR LAL

We can confirm that FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum is still in the intensive care unit at the top-class Suva Private Hospital. As revealed by Fijileaks, Khaiyum was taken ill in the western division. He was kept at the Golden Point Resort for two days. The resort’s owner is a supporter and financier of FijiFirst party. A tourist at the resort said Khaiyum was “shivering like a Fijian banana leaf from high fever”. Dr Mon Maung Moon from Tavua Hospital attended to Khaiyum and after two days at the resort he was transferred to the Suva Private Hospital. Sources inside FijiFirst said they were all kept in the dark and no communication is allowed with Khaiyum. The party sources say they are very nervous about his health and the ‘health’ of the party which Khaiyum had secretly registered as far as 2009 in preparation for the forthcoming September election.

BAG OF SURPRISES? FijiFirst Party President Dr Jiko Luveni has stated that she has encouraged several women to join the party and people will be surprised when they announce their candidates.
Luveni said women should not be intimidated if they want to run for parliament. She said the country has a constitution that encourages equality and a no discrimination policy.The FijiFirst Party is expected to announce 19 proposed candidates tomorrow: SourceFijivillage, 24/7/2014

Fijileaks Editor: While Aiyaz Khaiyum is being treated at the Suva Private Hospital, billed as Fiji’s finest private medical facility, his fellow-citizens are languishing in regime hospitals with not enough medicines, and told to even bring their own bed sheets and cutlery. We wish Khaiyum a speedy recovery, for his fate and that of his party must be decided at the September polls. The voters can’t wait to give him a dose of his own medicine at the polls.

Meanwhile, neither the regime’s propaganda rag sheet Fiji Sun nor its western correspondent Jyoti Pratibha nor the paper’s ‘Coconut Wireless’ reported that Khaiyum had fallen ill during FijiFirst’s campaign in the western division. Typically, it ‘fed’ the readers with regime propaganda while Pratibha and other Sun free chows were seen ‘feeding’ themselves with food supplied by FijiFirst party.