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This ship is heading for a reef

Six years ago a mutiny changed the course of our ship of state. For those six years we’ve had no say in the course we’ve been on. We’re told by the captain that he knows best.

On the quarter deck the he struts in his white uniform, barking orders, but the ship’s wheel is in other hands. Out of sight below decks we have a navigator using a chart he picked up in Hong Kong. And his compass seems to be suffering some kind of malfunction, because he keeps looking at the Eastern sky for a sunset.

A lot of people are very sea-sick, but so far no-one has wanted to rock the boat too hard. The passengers and crew fear that a capsize is in no-one’s interest. But no-one can escape the feeling that the vessel is on course for disaster.

Rations are low. The vessel has not been maintained – it’s taking water and efforts that should go into repairs are diverted to the Qorvis bilge pump.

But this voyage will soon end. The vessel is heading for a very large reef which the navigator doesn’t have on the chart which he drew up himself. One morning he will wake up to find he will be high and dry on the reef. And the name of this reef: Na qele ni iTaukei.

For six years Bainimarama has helped himself to all the resources of Government but he’s making a big mistake if he thinks he can give himself power over Native land as if it was his own.

39 thoughts on “This ship is heading for a reef

  1. Navosavakadua, you have to be kidding! You imply that Khaiyum calls the shots while I strut around! It is the other way around. I silently and effectively steer the ship while Khaiyum struts around. And believe me, the back of the landowner has long been broken. Their spines are shattered by fear, subservience and indolence, they will watch without lifting an eyebrow when I take their land. And their land I will take! How else can I achieve my financial targets in a small economy like Fiji. I want to be in the same league as Bokassa, Mugabe, Amin, Mobuto, Ben Ali, Mubarak and eh Gaddafi with at least 10 billion US$ stashed in Hong Kong and the Caymans. Can I get this by cashing in on dodgy Chinese contracts? No they are peanuts. Land is the only answer to my quest!

  2. yes this navosa guy talks a lot and gives false hope to the people that the captain is done.
    he, like the captain, has set a deadline that is now gone; many deadlines – elections, constitutions, public comments and all sorts of other deadlines but he keeps extending them or just jettisons them out. like the preacher man that said the world will end in 2012 and the people believed him until it didnt happen.
    brother, the muslim captain does not only thinks that he owns your land, he KNOWS that he owns your lands and the reef that hes gonna just punch his way through.
    stop the vosa and just action vakadua ga.
    Maybe u should call dakuwaqa to remove the reef, forget about the ship, its too heavy.

  3. Yup, the ship is sailing straight into the reef. But what the crew (the people – who are the scared slaves with oars) need to do, is to ensure that the pathetic bully’s ship slams hard into the reef. Whaaaaammmmm!!!

    We islanders are should be fit enough to swim away from it, aren’t we? The hell we better be!

  4. Suddenly the ship misses the reef and heads straight to smooth sailing seas,I asked myself as to how that happened….?one of the crews yelled out to me saying three cheers and thumps up to Frank as he has stered the ship of the reef.I yelled in happiness along with Beddoes and Qarase plus Attar Sing calling Chaudary to join in in thanking frank,binaka Frank

  5. FRank bainimagana, like the coward his father is, will be the remain the first boci navy commander to abandon ship and run for cover to save his ass – but not save his ass from crapping in his pants!

    This kailoma cici-maga is heading for a hiding of the century – he and his poofta son and their queer boci-guards will feel the hatchet.

    We are well passed the time for talk and need action now. The people of Fiji clearly do not support their constitution or them. And they have no other excuse but to reinstate the Pro Ghai drafted constitution without the immunity. This is their only option unless bainimagana and his girlfriend kuntyum force their constitution on the people. Then the “moment” will arrive for bainimagana, kuntyum and their families and friends to understand what pain and treason is all about.

  6. Isa, some people are so good in dreaming, they very much ignore truths and facts, the vast developments that continues to be witnessed by simple poor people. Oh ok, just ignorance and too much hate in them. Understood, thank you. The ship that all of you are referring to are in good hands fellas.

    Your style of politics in playing with race and land issues is a known ploy….hahahaha very funny. Remember that Bob Nesta Marley song…? You can’t fool all the people all the time…yeah to hell with your dreams….dau sovasova yaqona o tamamu..!

  7. What a wonderful piece of writing! It clearly expressed the present situation. Obviously some people for whom English is a second language use it better than many people for whom it is a first language. I am impressed.

  8. Correction to the name of the reef, which is not “qele ni taukei” but Momi illegal land swap.

    And most importantly, in the tall tale from Navosavakadua-the vessel (ship of fools) is actually an allegory for the hypocrisy of the former members of the Qarase Govt and their asinine supporters.

  9. Frank and Aisona will kaput this place just like the piece of shit plane they bought with our pension money. Poofters.

  10. FRE its an excellent expose of wishful thinking and false hope I agree.
    Unfortunately these franky supporters are right. levu na vosa lamu sona na action… the man got u by the balls and all u do is scream.

  11. Amena just like Anon are just thinking on top of their @!%^^&!. Who will our kids blame for ever paying debts for ‘development!. Think again and I hope you can answer that to your kids and grand children when they find the going get tough in the future!

    People should start thinking with their heads instead of their heart, so as Amena and Anon the thickheads!

  12. Amena the Fijians are just there for the ride! They will stick together during election time, I can bet on it

  13. Anonymous…..remember there is no more communal voting…it would be a one man, one vote, one value….to hell with your vote your own type….this is true democracy…We vote for the best candidate not because of his or her Chiefly status….where once voted in, they want to be served first rather than to serve.

  14. Ahoy matey! All passengers have jumped overboard, pirates remain behind guarding their treasure chest. Arrest them! hehe… @ Mosi dina na yalomu.

  15. Is this Fiji or Pakistan? The destruction of everything Fiji stands for under these treasonous pigs is terrible. Theese pigs must be brought to justice as they have been elsewhere in the world where they have caused havoc.

  16. The land bogey again !!

    I suppose if it works, keep selling the lie that Fijian land is at risk !!

  17. kaiviti just call on ur ancestral gods to help urs cos ur guys christians god cant protect urselves. Just call on dakuwaqa, hes organising the resistance. and him and vosalevu will get u free. go join the petition writers while i prepare my son to take over in 30 years time.

  18. The ship is heading in the right direction with a very capable captain in Commondore Voreeq Bainimarama and his team.

    It is difficult to get this country free of its racism, animosity, pettiness etc. etc. but believe me that this ship is sure to land.

    Fijians harping in this blog would be better to go and teitei and plant some food rather than the weeds growing on many fijian land all over Fiji – Reminds me of the “minister for WEEDS in Qarase’s racist SDL government…hahahhahha

    You guys should be ashamed of yourselves being the owners of 90 percent of land in Fiji and mostly relying on government handouts, lease money to survive, you lazy bastards.

  19. This ship is in the right but sure destination which will take some time, under the capable hands of Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama.

    This ship is sure to meet many challenges on its way to stardom.

    Bravo Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama

  20. Navosavakadua YOU are sitting on the reef with your pants Down and getting a clean wash of your butt.

  21. @ Akissy AKA Timoci

    Nice try Timoci. Just keep saying Frank and Aiyaz are AMAZING and hopefully you will convince someone other than yourself.

    Otherwise it is just you with all those voice in your head…

  22. http://www.fijileaks.com

    CROSS-WIRED EPELI VUASE (and) Registrar of Political Parties Saneem bent on destroying political parties
    Now it emerges Vuase got his wires crossed when objecting against new SDLP; he is also the objector against NFP
    The new Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem has asked the National Federation Party to explain alleged impersonation claims relating to the registration of their members in Kadavu. However, Fijileaks investigation reveal that the same Epeli Vuase, military officer in Prime Minister’s Office, was the objector against NFP. The entries 165 to 172 from Namuana village in Kadavu were in fact on the NFP list. Vuase got his wires crossed when objecting to SODELPA!

    None of the actual listees have complained in person. However, Vuase claims he has been authorised by them and the chief to complain. The police had travelled to Kadavu to obtain complaints from them. They interviewed the NFP agent over several days but could not pin anything on him, so they refused to lay charges but sent their file to DPP and still no charge unlike against the FLP agents.

    The amendment to the Politcal Parties decree empowers the Registrar to “conduct” his own investigation in any manner he wishes and use that as a basis to refuse registration. That is what Saneem is now doing. So although NFP responded to Vuase’s objections, Saneem has now thrown the same thing back to them.

    It is becoming very clear that Saneem, acting on Aiyaz Khaiyum’s instructions, is ensuring that no party survives, except Frank Bainimarama’s proposed party, and possibly FTUC’s proposed party, which is reportedly cutting a political deal with Bainimarama.

    Meanwhile, when Vuase is not busy objecting to political parties, he is organizing fundraising dinners as advertised through the Matavuvale – Fiji’s family network website – for Namuana.

  23. http://www.fijileaks.com

    “The absence of an independent judiciary and the inability of citizens to challenge the decisions of government are matters of serious concern. Since the abrogation of Fiji’s previous constitution in 2009, law-making has taken the form of presidential decree. Decrees are often passed into law at short notice and without any form of public debate or scrutiny. All decrees are absolute and un-appealable. The Administration of Justice Decree (2009) prevents legal challenges against any decree promulgated since December 2006. In 2012, the State Proceedings Decree further reduced the legal accountability of government officials and civil servants by granting them immunity against prosecution relating to any public statements made in either a professional or a personal capacity…the judiciary remains compromised” – The 2012 British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report. Download Full Report and read section on Fiji, pp 170-74.

  24. Amena the reality if you like it or not comes election time, Fijian will vote for Fijians and Indians for Indians!. Wake up you idiot!. Nothing to do with chiefly system as you claimed. No matter how much this government bribed people. I am sure this Government at the back of their mind know that highly likely it will happen!

  25. Ameno

    Amata dau vamemeno o io…you call this true democracy you leveni maqe..sa rauta mada na va boica tio na modulu nei Voreqe

  26. Danny Crazy, Akisy Dauvea and Ameno is the same moron who is high on sniffing Voreqe’s butt.

  27. Enema u live in Lalas land. the indians will stick together and the fijians will stick together cos u dont trust each other. u both want the lands. Navosa and Dakuwaqa frankys ship is not hitting any reef. u just praying and hoping that it does. the dicatators ship is driven by ur hot airs in the blogs. the ship that brought the indians is still sailing strong. u never gonna sink it. so prepare to swim if u can.

  28. Frankly speaking I dont see anyone now who will unite the Indians and Fijians together. Our best bet was during Rabuka and Reddy’s time unfortunately highjacked by Chaudary. This Government I dont think so, free goodies wont even help!

  29. Fiji
    The human rights situation in Fiji has remained poor, despite steps taken by the interim government, notably on restoring democracy, which initially gave the appearance of progress. By the end of the year, 80% of those eligible had been registered to vote in elections scheduled for 2014. With UK support a Constitution Commission conducted widespread public consultations, delivering the first draft of a new constitution in December but this was subsequently rejected by the interim government in early 2013. The lifting of the Public Emergency Regulations at the beginning of 2012 was also briefly a cause for some optimism. However, this set of highly restrictive measures was immediately replaced with an amended Public Order Decree, which gave continuing powers to the interim government to restrict the right of public assembly and freedom of expression, and extended additional powers of detention to the military. Little changed with regard to other human rights. Media freedom remains severely limited. Although government censors have been removed from newsrooms, the application of a range of punitive measures means that self-censorship now prevails. The judiciary remains compromised. Those who criticise the government continue to face harassment and intimidation. Women are under-represented at all levels of society and face high levels of violence. Fiji’s record on workers’ rights is one of the worst in the world. In the latter part of 2012, there was a spate of allegations about police and military brutality, including the use of torture. The UK’s main objectives for 2012 were the lifting of the Public Emergency Regulations, greater respect for women’s rights and progress towards the re-establishment of democracy. Women’s rights remain a major concern. The coming year will be another crucial period for Fiji. Voter registration will continue, and a new decree setting out the rules for the registration of political parties is expected. This is likely to have considerable repercussions for Fiji’s established opposition parties and their ability to participate in national elections. We will support ongoing action to prepare the country for a return to democracy. We will continue to engage with the interim government on human rights – specifically on the issues of torture and mistreatment in custody, raising individual cases where necessary. We will seek recognition and protection of women’s rights and the easing of measures that inhibit freedom of expression, especially within the media. Targeted use of project funds and coordinated action, in particular with the EU and UN, will help us to make progress against these goals.
    Fiji has been without a democratically elected government since the last military coup in 2006. It is the interim government’s stated aim to hold national elections again by September 2014. In April, at the invitation of the interim government, a UN Needs Assessment Mission visited Fiji to evaluate technical requirements and provide advice. In July, the Elections Office commenced a nationwide campaign of electronic voter registration. By the end of the year, over 500,000 people, representing 80% of the country’s eligible voter population, had been registered at centres across the country.
    Another step in the process to restore democracy initially appeared to have been taken with the completion of a first draft of a new constitution. A five-member Constitution Commission, including three women, was appointed by the interim government in May. Under the chairmanship of Professor Yash Ghai, an internationally respected constitutional expert, the commission delivered a draft in December, despite reported interference from the interim government. It followed extensive public consultations, in which over 7,000 submissions were received. The British High Commission provided financial assistance to the Constitution Commission to support public consultations in some of the country’s remotest provinces, including several outlying island groups. (The interim government rejected the draft in early 2013, however, saying it would produce a new draft to be reviewed by a Constituent Assembly selected by the Prime Minister and delivered in March 2013.) The UK strongly supports a return to full parliamentary democracy in Fiji through credible, transparent and inclusive elections. However, for this to happen it is essential that the public is properly educated about their democratic rights. The FCO funded a project with the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, which has helped to increase awareness of electoral reform and the importance of participation, particularly among women, the young and other marginalised groups. The project achieved some notable successes. Monitoring at 31 of the 71 locations where the Constitution Commission received oral submissions indicated that 39% of submissions were from women; 831 written submissions (11% of the total) were made with the assistance of the project. The UK was also instrumental in securing additional funding from the EU’s Instrument for Stability.
    Freedom of expression and assembly
    There are severe limitations on freedom of expression in Fiji. Despite the lifting of the Public Emergency Regulations, the interim government remains highly sensitive to criticism. Although government censors have disappeared from newsrooms, a range of measures have been deployed to ensure that anti-government messages are not disseminated. The threat of heavy penalties, including large fines and prison sentences, for those in breach of the Media Decree has caused most media outlets to self-censor. Through the issuing of short licences, which can be revoked without warning, broadcasting companies have been kept under tight control. More persistent and vocal opponents have been silenced by the interim government through direct threats and warnings carried on the front pages of newspapers. The result is an intimidating environment in which few feel able to speak up. Two cases illustrate how contempt of judicial process has been used to suppress freedom of expression. The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF), a prominent civil society organisation, and the Fiji Times both faced charges for publishing statements by third parties criticising the judiciary. In the case against the Times, the Solicitor General has called for the High Court to impose the maximum fine and a six-month jail term for the editor, Fred Wesley. At the end of 2012, Mr Wesley had still not been sentenced. The High Commission observed the preliminary hearing in the CCF case and will continue to monitor proceedings in 2013.
    In a more encouraging sign, the relaxation of requirements to obtain meeting permits for the purpose of discussing the constitution helped to foster a more open and participatory public dialogue. Certain groups, including the Methodist Church and political parties, were able to meet legally (with some restrictions) for the first time in several years. But there have been reports of arbitrary disruptions of other meetings. In July, 14 members of the Fiji Labour Party were arrested and taken in for questioning for holding a meeting without a permit. Trade unions have faced similar unannounced interruptions of their meetings.
    Access to justice and the rule of law
    The absence of an independent judiciary and the inability of citizens to challenge the decisions of government are matters of serious concern. Since the abrogation of Fiji’s previous constitution in 2009, law-making has taken the form of presidential decree. Decrees are often passed into law at short notice and without any form of public debate or scrutiny. All decrees are absolute and un-appealable. The Administration of Justice Decree (2009) prevents legal challenges against any decree promulgated since December 2006. In 2012, the State Proceedings Decree further reduced the legal accountability of government officials and civil servants by granting them immunity against prosecution relating to any public statements made in either a professional or a personal capacity. In January, the Law Society Charity (UK) published a report entitled “Fiji: the rule of law lost”, which concluded that rule of law no longer operates in Fiji. The report cited serious concerns about the independence of the judiciary, the competence and independence of the prosecution service, restrictions placed upon the legal profession, the absence of democracy and the inability of citizens to challenge the decisions of government. Allegations made by two former judges give credence to the report’s findings. In September, a previous Fiji Court of Appeal judge, Justice William Marshall QC, claimed interference in the conduct of cases by the Attorney General. In November, Greg Bullard became Fiji’s shortest-serving resident magistrate, being dismissed, with no reason given, after six weeks in the post. Mr Bullard reported being unlawfully arrested and detained at Nadi airport before being deported to Australia. He stated afterwards that the judiciary, the legal profession and the Independent Legal Services Commission (ILSC) in Fiji are all controlled directly or indirectly by the Chief Justice. In August, Laisenia Qarase, former Prime Minister and leader of the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) party, was sentenced to one year in prison after being found guilty by the High Court on abuse of office charges. The offences on which he was convicted took place over 20 years ago, prompting claims that the case was politically motivated. Mr Qarase’s government was overthrown by the current regime in the coup of 2006. The conviction prevents Mr Qarase from contesting the 2014 elections. Mahendra Chaudhry, the Fiji Labour Party leader, faces criminal charges relating to alleged tax violations.
    Death penalty
    The death penalty is abolished for all civilian crimes, but remains in place for certain offences against the Military Code. No executions have been carried out in Fiji since independence in 1970. In December, Fiji abstained on a vote in the UN General Assembly calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty.
    The mistreatment of detainees, including the use of torture, is a matter of serious concern. Fiji is not party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which prohibits the use of torture, or to the Convention against Torture. During 2012, the number of reported cases of police and military brutality increased. In some instances, violence and humiliation has been used as a form of punishment for offenders. The following case is illustrative of the problem and the interim government’s failure to address it. In September, five men escaped from a Suva prison. They were held responsible for a string of violent robberies in the capital. The military was drafted in to help recapture them. Reliable reports indicate that each of the men was badly beaten and tortured on being re-detained. The injuries they sustained were so severe that none of the men could be presented in court for several weeks while they were being treated in hospital. The last prisoner to appear, Epeli Qaraniqio, spent nearly two months in hospital. During this time his right leg was amputated when an open fracture became infected. The High Commission observed the court hearings for the men. We have also raised the case directly with the interim government, calling for a full investigation and the publication of results. The interim government promised to investigate but by the end of the year no investigation had yet been instigated.
    Women’s rights
    The suppression of women’s rights is a serious and ongoing concern. Extreme inequalities of gender persist in Fiji. Deeply entrenched negative societal attitudes towards women and a lack of adequate government protection are the main barriers to progress. Rates of violence against women continue to be some of the highest recorded anywhere in the world. Access to justice, particularly in cases of domestic violence, is poor. Women are also significantly under-represented at all levels of decision-making and are largely excluded from the formal economy and the political arena. Figures from the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre indicate that 80% of women in Fiji have witnessed some form of violence in the home, 66% have been physically abused by partners and nearly half repeatedly abused, 26% have been beaten while pregnant and 13% have been raped. Despite the “no-drop” policy of police in cases of domestic violence, few cases go to court. Those that do often result in short sentences or the case being dropped in favour of private mediation. The police response to reports of abuse is often unhelpful, or in some cases harmful. In a stark example this year, a Fijian woman was granted asylum in New Zealand after suffering years of domestic violence ignored by police. The tribunal stated that there had been “a systemic failure by the Fijian police to provide consistent and effective protection for victims of family violence”. To mark the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, the High Commission broadcast a series of awareness messages. These aired on five national radio stations, in the three local languages, for 16 days.
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights
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    Workers’ rights
    There were continued incursions in 2012 on workers’ rights, leading to further complaints by the trade unions which the interim government has failed to address. In September, an International Labour Organization (ILO) Contact Mission was expelled from Fiji following a dispute over its terms of reference (its original mandate was to examine complaints made by local trade unions about the lack of freedom of association). The High Commission issued a joint statement with the EU expressing regret at the aborted mission, which also drew strong condemnation from the ILO Director General. The ILO Committee on Freedom of Association subsequently included Fiji in a list of five countries (of 32 examined) with the worst records on employers’ and trade unions’ rights. It urged the interim government to undertake prompt and independent investigations into allegations of physical assault, harassment and intimidation of trade union leaders and members and to permit the return of the Contact Mission. In November, the interim government invited the Contact Mission to return to Fiji in 2013.

  30. I’m left wondering how many of the calls for “action” come from real critics of the regime and how many are from RFMF trouble-making department. Bainimarama would welcome an excuse to stage a crackdown in order to prevent ‘unrest’. Let’s not be provoked.

    What Bainimarama fears most is questions from his troops. Let’s face it, they’re nearly all Landowners. Their families share the concerns about their future. They want the long-standing protections to remain.

    may be you don’t understand what’s happened, but ALTA is also out the door, so no tenant protection either. Land tenure reform is over due but it cannot be done without patient consultation.

    @mosi sara ga na qalana , Amena, Deni Toa and Askissy
    You guys are amazing – is that really the best response you can make?

    BTW Askissy – cara wai is your style, not mine

  31. Agree with Ramesh- Get rid of the Taliban captain and Itaukei will back VB! Unfortunately VB cannot risk to be revealed of his doings for his pocket!

  32. Navosavakadua, you need to be talking with facts guy,your style of talk seems to be the old style in which Chaudary is good at doing and that is hoodwinking people with all false accusiations like land and chiefs who are mainly thiefs by their own right,Please change like right thimking individuals have done

  33. @navosavakadua

    Appreciate your response brother.

    The point I was making is that itaukei land has never ever been at risk of alienation.

    You make a valid point about the need for patient consultation regarding land use.

  34. fijian land was always at risk depending on the politiicians. momi land swap is case on point,
    fijian land is more at risk under this dictator cos he is intoxicated with this equal rights tonic.
    but patient consultation…u only living in false hope.
    the dictator has made it clear over and over that its his way or no way. his taliban troops are all behind him.
    u can petition as many times as u like but its like toilet paper to him just likehis consitution to u.
    so what if its a set up. what u frightened of. just shows u r coward navosa, just talk and talk and bloging from the comfort and security of ur screen. u can talk till the cows come home but the dictator is not listening to ur bleeting. ur posts are getting too boring one talk fella. say something useful instead of ur academic theory like these professors and wanabe lawyers.

  35. “@at danny crane. I take offence to your racist remarks and to your lies.”you guys should be ashamed of yourselves being the owners of 90% of the land and mostly relying on government handouts, lease money to survive, you lazy bastards”. these type of remarks is typical of khaiyum/bainimarama and supporters. and this is how the majority of non-fijians actually think of the itaukei but do not say out loud for fear of their safety. but here, in this blog, danny crane has said it OUT LOUD. so explain this danny, if you want a racist-free fiji, why do you publicly abuse the indigenous fijians, owners of 90% of the land you live in? you want confrontation and bloodshed?

  36. good on u losalini. people who say those things dont really understand why things are what they are. stereotyping racist ill informed self interested opportunists superiority complex etc. they are the ones who champion equal rights and human rights yet at the same time deny the idigenous claim for recognition.

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