The Murky World of Bainimarama and Kaiyum
Without doubt the two most powerful and influential individuals in Fiji today are Voreqe and his sidekick Aiyarse Kaiyum. They sleep in the same bed so to speak and their destiny is now inseparable. They survive or go down together and it is worthwhile to peak into the murky world that their sorry souls inhabit.
This guy was a person of no consequence until he became head of the Naval division and later as Commander RFFM out of the blue.
His father Inoke Bainimarama served with Commander Stan Brown in the Navy during the wars before be became a senior officer in the Fiji Prison Service. His path to the top of the Navy was thus assured when Stan Brown was commanding officer.
Voreqe’s strength was in his ability to mix with his men, drinking and cavorting around night clubs while he was commanding officer naval division. This he maintained when he became Commander RFMF and illegal PM thus his hold on foot soldiers without the support of his senior officers.
He was a close friend of Epeli Ganilau (former commander)thus hi rise to Commander instead of more senior and qualified officers. In other words his way to the top was not through his own ability and he would not have made it if it was not for nepotism.
His arrogance and limited ability became evident once he made it to the top thus his dependence on the more educated people (like Kaiyum) in his inner circle.
A cocky and ambitious individual who failed to shine on his own steam. After much fanfare when he graduated from law school he proved to be a dismal failure in the National Bank of Fiji. He became embroiled in financial difficulties left the bank and became invisible.
His attempt to fight for democracy in the wake of the 87 coup illustrated his desire to rise out of obscurity to feed his bruised ego. When this did not materialise into something worthwhile he pursued further studies thus his infamous thesis which attracted Voreqe’s attention.
Two of a Kind
Voreqe and Kaiyum are two of a kind in terms of arrogance and ego. As such it was not difficult for the wily Kaiyum to win the confidence of Voreqe. It was subtle with monetary gains Voreqe did not dream possible and before he knew it he was sucked in so deep he could not move. Voreqe is now at a stage where he has no choice but to support Kaiyum for his own survival. Kaiyum’s hold on him is such that Voreqe is prepared to risk going against his own military council, the chiefly system, and the Methodist church which are all power bases for the Fijian people.
Those who predict a falling out between Voreqe and Kaiyum are indulging in wishful thinking. The survival of the two egomaniacs is inseparable and they will stop at nothing when threatened. Epeli Ganilau, Roko Ului, Driti and others found that out the hard way.
For Fiji there is “no other way” (to quote from Rambo himself)but to get rid of both, Voreqe and Kaiyum as soon as possible.