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Fiji First leader, Frank Bainimarama, brushed off comparisons between him and African dictators, saying those leaders were looking after themselves, while he had acted for the people.

Bainimarama a ‘military dictator’

Updated about 1 hour ago

A former minister in Fiji’s government says Frank Bainimarama operates a dictatorship and has continued to run the administration as if it were the military.

Samu Alivereti Saumatua was formerly a military colonel and also served as the housing and local government minister.

He is now standing for the indigenous Fijian backed Sodpela party.

He said he left the administration because he didn’t agree with the way things were being done.

“There was no adjustment, and this is what I couldn’t stand.”

He said it was a type of bullying and as a professional soldier he felt it was not right.

During yesterday’s rally, the Fiji First leader, Frank Bainimarama, brushed off comparisons between him and African dictators, saying those leaders were looking after themselves, while he had acted for the people.

Fiji First leader Frank Bainimarama addresses the rally in Suva. Fiji First leader Frank Bainimarama addresses the rally in Suva.

Photo: RNZ / Philippa Tolley

Mr Bainimarama told the rally that other parties were trying to create fear about what might happen if his party is elected.

He said Fiji First had to work hard to correct misinformation that could lead to the sort of events that occurred in the George Speight-led coup of 2000, when indigenous Fijians, or taukei, suffered.

“Where did it end up? Racial discrimination – the Indo-Fijians were safe, the Chinese were safe, the taukei killed each other.”

Mr Bainimarama said his party would provide a government of unity and stability.

Today is the last day campaigning is allowed in the lead up to Fiji’s first elections in nearly eight years, to be held on Wednesday.

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9 thoughts on “Fiji First leader, Frank Bainimarama, brushed off comparisons between him and African dictators, saying those leaders were looking after themselves, while he had acted for the people.

  1. It is deeply troubling to compare Khaiyum’s Rear Admirer with African dictators. I would like to register strong protest on behalf of African statesmen who have come to power in ways that the so called Western World calls “undemocratic”, “savage” or “violent”. All these men in Africa have had proper education, most of them obtained at the finest universities of the Western world. Secondly, every self-respecting African tyrant has his enemies publicly executed, an undertaking that takes determination. No self respecting African dictator would allow the so called international community to pressure them to hold elections. Only weak and fearful leaders would allow this to happen. Thirdly, there is the aspect of efficiency. An African dictator would normally steal about US$ 100 million a year. Look at this amateur Bainimarama, he has merely managed to syphon off US$ 87 million in more than 7 years. Pathetic, really.

  2. Bainimarama is the leader Fiji and Fijians deserve: A highly educated compassionate warrior with superior intelligence and completely fearless. A man who listens to his advisor and follows Khaiyum’s advise as closely as he can. This is the man that needs to lead Fiji.

  3. We should all hang our heads in shame that we allowed this thug to trample on our nation for almost eight years. But it is not too late to bring the thugs to justice and a clear election result with a SODELPA majority would be a necessary first step. Then the delicate part begins. The new government needs to identify those officers in RFMF who have been unhappy with the events and the destruction of democracy in Fiji. Slowly, Bainimarama’s supporters in the forces need to be isolated and prosecuted based on new legislation. Then RFMF’s role needs to be rolled back to a police force.

  4. blue cap made made from China and authorised by Khyum, not sure about the T- shirt! Get rid of the 2 thieves!!!!

  5. nah–we need freeloading, dynasty building . feeders from the national trough,–the likes of Maras, Rabukas, Qarases, SDL, Sodelpa, GCC, Methodist Church etc—all the old millstones. The Itaukei need to be screwed for a few more years before the pain from their arse will reach their head and mind,

  6. I take great offence with you people comparing me to your Frank Bainimarama. My IQ is over 100 and no matter how many of my opponents I had bashed, imprisoned or even eliminated, I never ever bashed women.

  7. We have advised our lawyers to take some kind of action against those people comparing our late grandfather to Frank Bainimarama. Yes he was paranoid and mentally unstable. Yes he rigged elections. Our Grandfather believed he was the saviour of his nation.

    Maybe you have a point. I think we may need to call the lawyers off.

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