Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ganilau in Scam Allegation with Alec Chang

There are revelations today that Epeli Ganilau and Alec Chang are involved in a multi-million dollars timber scam. This latest scam by the timber shark duo has come to light after Alec Chang was forced to resign from his long-time position as CEO Fiji Pine Ltd, the parent company for Tropicwoods Ltd in Lautoka and Fiji Forest Ltd in Labasa.
Documents we’ve obtained reveal that Epeli Ganilau was on Alec Chang’s payroll for many years, eventhough Ganilau was never an employee for Fiji Pine or any of its subsidiary companies. Payments were made to Ganilau in cash cheques approved by Alec Chang and CFO, Daniel Mani who is now acting CEO after Chang was forced to resign.
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As revealed weeks ago, Frank was talked into using political retread Inoke Kubuabola the parasite politician as a phoney foreign minister to somehow wiggle his illegal regime back into the regional and international community. Here is the low life that was all very much part of the 2000 coup which Frank keeps harping back to as the number one reason for his clean up. Well this excerpt below written by another coup apologist and political opportunist, the double dealing Dakuvula reveals all about our latest top diplomatic illegal regime appointee. Really, unprincipled and conniving Kubuabola would have done Machiavelli proud!
By Jone Dakuvula
A personal view: Former organizing secretary of the Fiji Labour Party, former media adviser to ex-Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, adviser to Opposition Leader Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, currently with the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF).
SUVA, Fiji Islands (May 25, 2000)…
“I write here with some inside knowledge because I was once one of Ratu Inoke Kubuabola’s close advisers on the Opposition sides between June and September 1999. I was aware then that a shadowy Committee was formed in June last year to initiate a campaign of destabilization aimed at toppling the Government in the shortest time possible. Thereafter, we kept hearing rumours of postponement of dates. It all began when Ratu Inoke said to the SVT Management Board Meeting on May 27th 1999 (in which I was present) that they must be prepared to fight and to shed blood if need be to return political power to the indigenous Fijians. In June 1999, Apisai Tora joined this committee and later, some members of the rebel F.A.P. faction. I learnt in June last year that there was an understanding with the late Sakiusa Butadroka, that the members of the Fijian Nationalist Party would do the dirty work while the S.V.T. supports from behind and fronts the public campaigns in Parliament and outside. Most of the members of the destabilization committee I think were not members of Parliament but their activities last year were undertaken with the knowledge of Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. At the time, I was in the Opposition Office; he was receiving regular reports of these campaign activities. I do not know whether Ratu Inoke and his S.V.T. colleagues know of George Speight’s illegal Cabinet and their other actions in which they have shown their public support of the coup. That is why I believe MPs who supported the coup should leave Parliament.
Having allowed Speight to announce the abolishment of the Bose Levu Vakaturaga (Great Council of Chiefs), where do the SVT supporters of Speight’s coup now rest their case as the party that was formed by the BLV”…? Yes, Kubuabola was the leader of the SVT party in 2000 folks. He was the main plotter of George Speight’s coup.
After laying low in the diplomatic corridors like the snake he is Inoke Kubuabola has crawled back into contention with coup monger Frank because they are cut from the same cloth as –losers! Prepare to suffer the same fate as Chaudrhy, Isoa Gavidi, and the axed FNPF board and many many more suckers to come, noxious Inoke. The dictator and his clean up coup will eat its own children to survive!
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It is disgusting to see those that cannot tell the difference between integrity and greed for power, money and status. Ex LPS students that stayed away from their Levuka Public School recent school reunion should be congratulated and thanked for making a strong stance against Fiji’s illegal regime. You have help do your bit to help Fiji’s youth realize that the law of the land must not be broken by any of its citizens. It now seems that those who attended have been in denial or ignorant of what has been happening in our country since Frank Bainimarama staged Fiji’s fourth coup on the 5th of Dec, 2006. If they weren’t so ignorant they would have realized that the country’s illegal Vice President would have attended to score Brownie points and be glorified by people that have chosen to ignore the suffering and misery of innocent people. What you have achieved, is expose to the present students of LPS that it is OK to support a coup and then become the Vice President of the country.
All schools are suppose to teach the children that one must work hard and through you own efforts achieve what you want in life. Every child after leaving school should become a law abiding citizen in whichever society they decide to live in. The organisers made it worse by including Epeli Nailatikau and his brother Tukitau Cokanauto to make speeches, give the illegal VP a Fijian traditional welcome, cut the cake etc etc. They just wanted to curry favour as the two illegal chiefs milked it. “Birds of a feather flock together”
Check it out on their LPS website -
A Fijian Ceremony of welcome, led by Ratu Jope Sigarara (an old scholar & son of the late Turaga Bale na Tui Levuka) to welcome our Chief Guest, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, the Vice-President of Fiji and also an old scholar of the school.

After the garlanding of the Chief Guest, devotion led by the School Chaplain followed. Speeches by Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Ratu Tu’akitau Cokanauto, the Principal of the School, Mrs Ane Rika, Old Scholars address, and the current Head prefects of the school. Reflection by the Vice-Principal (Mrs Tuimanono), followed. Cutting of the School’s Birthday cake, by Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who picked out a student from the school choir to cut the Birthday cake with him. It was very touching, to see a High Chief of Fiji doing a very humble act in the eyes of the present students & teachers, Ex-teachers & Old Scholars of Levuka Public School. The school song was sung by the school choir. Lomaiviti
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Epeli Mataitini has his eyes set on the Vice President’s position. He is also in the running along side Talemo. Mataitini is the guy who dobbed his high chief in, Ro Teimumu Kepa, and masterminded her unlawful mid-night arrest from her village home in Lomanikoro, Rewa by the military police. His statement following Ro Teimumu’s detainment was all part of his plan to get the VP post. As Vunivalu of Rewa, Mataitini should have been to there to protect his high chief, but instead, he orchestrated her arrest and blamed the Methodist Church for using Ro Teimumu and the vanua to promote their own political agenda. But now with the revelation that he is also gunning for the VP job, his real motive has finally surfaced proving once more that Frank & Co’s hangers-on are real leeches who are there for their own egotistical agendas.
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John Prasad to go!
July 29, 2009
That shadowy John Prasad, who got his PS Finance job through Aiyaz Khaiyum’s lobbying, is going to be kicked out soon. Sources say Frank Bainimarama is not impressed with his performance thus far and was misled by Aiyaz Khaiyum who lied to him about John Prasad’s fictitious finance and commerce background. As we had said before, Frank is beginning to realise how useless his coup perpetrators and apologists are. He can now see that they were in it for themselves, just like him!
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Fiji’s strongman, Frank Bainimarama, is in a chop and change mode once again. He’s had enough of the hangers-on who nudged him to commit treason again with his coup of december 2006. One of his key coup masterminder, Aiyaz Khaiyum, is said to be on his way out. Sources say Frank has had enough of Aiyaz Khaiyum’s lies. They say Frank has already pulled the blug on Aiyaz a few days ago with the official announcement expected to happen any day now. Frank knows his survival is dependent on the support of the indigenous Fijians and Methodist followers. The same group of people Aiyaz Khaiyum is telling him to rip apart with his gun power. Frank’s dictatorial roadmap since December 2006 is a complete lift-out from Aiyaz Kahiyum’s Masters Degree thesis. A roadmap that Frank is finding out to be tumultous and difficult to manage given that the majority of the Fijian populace are against it in its entirety. So for Frank to disassociate himself from that publicly accepted perception that he is all about tearing down the government, vanua and the church, he must be seen to do something radical to change public’s perception. And that is exactly what he wants to achieve when he finally announces Aiyaz Khaiyum’s termination from his cabinet.
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A Fijian political figure says difficulties face the country’s coup leader, Commodore Frank Bainmarama, in appointing an acceptable new president after the resignation of elder statesman Ratu Josefa Iloilo. The general secretary of Fiji’s National Federation Party, Pramod Rae , who is also a prominent trade unionist, says recent events will make it even harder for interim Prime Minister Bainmarama to come up with a replacement. Ratu Iloilo is to retire from the post immediately with cabinet to work out a replacement. Pramod Rae says last week’s detention of prominent church figures and a paramount chief has caused a lot of problems for the military regime’s leader. “With these kind of things happening I think he needs to do something to demonstrate a kind of closeness to the Fijian indigenous community,” the National Federation Party secretary says. “So he may well be looking for some personality which would act as damage control for the aggravation of the indigenous community that he has undertaken recently.” Sean Dorney reports the president, who is 88, will take leave from Thursday and will not return to office. Ratu Josefa, who officially abrogated the Fiji constitution at Easter, has been in ill health for some time. Fiji’s Vice-President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau will become the Acting President of Fiji. Ratu Epeli was rejected as vice president by the Great Council of Chiefs soon after the 2006 coup. That infuriated Commodore Frank Bainimarama who then abolished the Great Council. Soon after the Easter abrogation of the constitution, Ratu Epeli was appointed vice president under Fiji’s new legal order.
- Radio Australia
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An academic specialising on Fiji issues says that Fiji’s departing President Ratu Josefa Iloilo has effectively been a puppet for the interim regime. The interim regime has announced Ratu Josefa will retire at the end of next month, and a new president will be appointed by the chief justice upon the recommendation of the Cabinet. Vice President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who was the indigenous affairs minister, and a former military commander, will be acting in the position until a new president is sworn in. Jonathan Fraenkel of the Australia National University, says that since the 2006 coup Ratu Josefa has been ineffectual as President. “He was clearly a puppet of the military, he didn’t fulfill his constitutional responsibilities he didn’t uphold the legitimacy of the elected government, he didn’t defend the prime minister, and that I think is a sad legacy.”
Jonathan Fraenkel.
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New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, says the retirement of Fiji’s President adds another building block to an array of illegitimate actions by the regime of Commodore Frank Bainimarama. It was announced yesterday that Ratu Josefa Iloilo is stepping down at the end of next month. He’ll be replaced in an acting capacity by the vice-president, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who’s a member of the Commodore’s inner circle and was appointed in April when the constitution was abrogated. The Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says the change is just another factor to be considered by a Commonwealth meeting he’ll be attending in London.
“There’s no good news emerging out of Fiji at the moment. There is no immediate prospect that the international community is going to go and open any great doors for them enter and everyone really awaits the day when they decide they really do want to re-engage with the international community and take the necessary steps to get there.” New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully.
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In February, 2009, Telecom Fiji Limited commissioned a company called VK Rattan Digging Works in Rakiraki to carry out road works at Koro’O and South Ridge station. Defying company regulation, the contract was awarded to V K Rattan without any tender and as such there was no other quotations obtained except for the one from VK Rattan with a quote amounting to $197,530. But the TFL “Release of Funds for Capital Expenditure” form we obtained, signed by TFL executives Samuela Vadei and its Sri Lankan CFO, Kapila Chandrasekera,was much more than the $197,530 quoted by VK Rattan. Funds approved by the duo and paid out was $270,734, which is $73,204 more than the initial quote. So where did that $73,204 go? Or should we say – whose pocket did the $73,204 end up in. Let’s allow $15,000 for contingency, but the question that should be asked is, why should a contractor be paid extra when TFL could have easily fixed the project price at the quoted amount given by VK Rattans of $197,530 and anything above that should be borne by the contractor?
Anyway, after allowing for $15,000 contingency, what happened to the remaining $58,204?
According to documents we have, TFL management signed it off as “Materials to be purchased”. So which materials were actually purchased for the road works, who purchased it and who supplied it, were relevant receipts obtained from the suppliers to justify the purchase or was the materials to be purchased a lie? We’ve obtained quotes from other professional service providers like VK Rattan and according to them, they all agreed that the works carried out by VK Rattan would be around $35,000 – $45,000 max. They were shocked when we told them the $270,734 bill paid by TFL. “Someone is getting rich very fast from this deal,” said one of them. “The swines, this is daylight robbery,” said the other.
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An academic specialising on Fiji issues says the announcement that Fiji’s President will step down further reflects how the Presidency is now merely an extension of the interim regime.
Ratu Josefa Iloilo is to retire at the end of next month, and a new president will be appointed by the chief justice upon the recommendation of the Cabinet. Vice President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who was the indigenous affairs minister, and a former military commander, will be acting in the position until a new president is sworn in. This comes just days after the President’s Private Secretary Rupeni Nacewa retired.
Jonathan Fraenkel of the Australia National University, says the departure of these men represents a broader changing of the guards around the presidency, even though the President has been seen as a puppet for the interim regime. “Of course the President’s office have great significance under the 1997 Constitution but now that has been abrogated, the regime is making it up as they go along. Its not bound by any particular Constitutional order, so the office of the President plays whatever role they deem fit.” Jonathan Fraenkel.
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The head of the Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, the AIDB, says the return to democracy in Fiji is a long-term journey. Javad Mottaghi, who is at the Pacific Media Summit in Vanuatu, says his organisation is a non-political body that encourages dialogue and whose ethics won’t interfere in the affairs of member countries. Last week, Mr Mottaghi was at the annual AIDB conference organised by the interim regime in Fiji, which ousted its elected government nearly three years ago. Mr Mottaghi says there is no single way to establish democracy that anyone outside can prescribe. “Look there is a prescription: you have three pills, eat one after breakfast, one after lunch and one after dinner and then you will go to democracy. The journey to democracy is a long-term journey.”
Javad Mottaghi of the AIDB.
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Fiji’s interim prime minister has announced that the appointment of a new president will be made by the Chief Justice, rather than the Great Council of Chiefs. Commodore Frank Bainimarama told a press conference yesterday that the country’s president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, will retire at the end of next month. Our correspondent, Matelita Ragogo reports.
“Cabinet will forward a name to the chief justice, Anthony Gates, who was also appointed by the regime, he will then make a nomination for the new president. In the meantime, the recently appointed vice president, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, will act as president until a new appointment has been made. This is not normal, because the president and the vice president are usually appointed by the Great Council of Chiefs; so this is not what would have happened in normal times.”
Matelita Ragogo.
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ABC boss fights to end media censorship in Fiji
July 28, 2009
THE managing director of the ABC Mark Scott has used a speech in Vanuatu today to call for the end of media censorship in Fiji. Mr Scott said he supported local journalists in Fiji who faced daily threats and intimidation from the State and he wanted to let them know the ABC was behind their struggle for an independent media. “With the Public Emergency Regulations having now been extended several times in Fiji, and the temporary suspension of democracy now in its third year, media censorship has continued,” Mr Scott told the 2009 Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) biennial convention. “The experience around the world is that a free and independent media is a cornerstone in a society which demonstrates good governance in the interests of all its people.” Mr Scott said the ABC’s presence in the region was governed by the same principles as the public broadcaster’s TV, radio and online services in Australia. He said Radio Australia and Australia Network complied by the same principles as the ABC in Australia and all came under the same Charter and the same ABC Act and both upheld “the same editorial expectations for accuracy, fairness and objectivity”.
“They also share the largest editorial group covering the the Pacific – 60 journalists led by Sean Dorney in our Pacific coverage serving the region exclusively through the ABC Asia Pacific News Centre on Radio Australia, on Australia Network television and online.” “Sean Dorney has been reporting from the Pacific for over 30 years. He married into the Pacific and his children spent much of their young lives growing up in these islands. He even captained the PNG Rugby League national team.
- The Australian
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We’ve been reliably told that the South Pacific Stock Exchange in Fiji was ordered by it’s junta to remove FHL’s suspension asap or else they will be victimised. The order was directed by FHL’s deputy chairman, Colonel Aziz Mohammed, to avoid further embarrasement to FHL’s board. Questions were also relayed to the SPSE on what queries they raised with FHL on their corporate governance audit report but sources say they have not been able to obtain a response to those questions. Closer scrutiny of the Stock Exchange public announcement reveal a toothless organisation operating on the whims of its illegal military regime, a warning sign to stock exchange players that Fiji’s South Pacific Stock Exchange is a compromised stock exchange that is also turning out to be Frank & Co’s many zoo. You think the FHL $190million BP buy-out bull was a blunder? Ethical commercial beings will bow out graciously from their position of trust when something as big as the FHL $190 million stuff-up happens in their watch. Not so for Frank’s FHL cronies who have confirmed that they are only there to destroy indigenous Fijians flagship in commerce pushing it to go under. Which brings us to the conclusion that Fiji’s publicly listed companies like FHL, Fiji’s capital market and stock exchange is nothing but a sham!
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New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully departs for London on Tuesday night to attend a Commonwealth meeting on Fiji, before going to Australia to attend the Pacific Islands Forum.
Mr McCully says the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting will take stock of developments in Fiji since it last met in March. He says a clear warning was issued at that time that Fiji would face suspension measures under the Commonwealth’s Millbrook Declaration if it failed to heed calls, made by Pacific Island Forum leaders earlier this year, to make progress towards a return to democracy. He says its regrettable that the situation in Fiji has deteriorated further since March, contrary to the calls made by Forum leaders and the Commonwealth. Following the Commonwealth meeting Mr McCully will deliver a speech to the Lowy Institute in Brisbane on the effect of the global economic crisis on the Pacific.
He will then join the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at the Pacific Islands Forum in Cairns, where the economic crisis, and the importance of effective development assistance are expected to be key topics of discussions.
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Word is that cassanova Epeli Nailatikau will be sworn in as Fiji’s next illegitimate Pressie. And serving as his vice will be devious Talemo, an opportunist farmer from Taveuni, and one-time lover of NCBBF rag queen, Finau Tabakaucoro, who is working along side Inoke Kubuabola and Epeli Ganilau to weaken Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu’s chiefly position.
And guess what?
There are even talks that Frank may “step aside” and appoint Epeli Ganilau as his illegal PM just to satisfy the increasing pressure within Fiji and from the international community before the Methodist Church conference, the Pacific Forum meeting in Cairns and the Commonwealth meeting commences in the next few days. Interesting developments indeed happening in coup coup land.
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The pressure is definitely…. ON! Frank & Co. are now tripping on their own bluff. The Methodist Church is not backing off from their planned late August annual conference. Just ask the Methodist gang in Fiji and they will tell you that special announcements were made last Sunday re-confirming that despite the spate of arrests targeted at the Methodist clergymen and their think-tank, Methodist congregations across Fiji are still reminded that their August conference is still …….ON!!! Yeah!!!!! Frank & Co. even went further to detain Burebasaga confederacy and Rewa high chief, Ro Teimumu Kepa last week fueling peoples anger on the indispeakable cowardly act Frank & Co. continue to inflict on their residents who dare defy their rule by bluff.
Now the real deal is beginning to lurk out of the dark onto the brightly lit stage. And guess who is the main actor? Yeah…that useless unethical good-for-nothing Epeli Nailatikau who has finally been shoved onto the spotlight by Frank for the position he’s always dreamt of – to be Fiji’s illegal Pressie!
And his useless cold-hearted conniving wife, Koila Mara, is propping him on to take the job so she could realise her own treasonous dream of being first-lady. Half-dead Iloilo is now taking his shaky fairy step walks to his grave after been nicely wham-bam-thank-you-mate by tyrant Frank and his think-tank led by Aiyaz Khaiyum. Iloilo’s used-by-date has finally arrived – thank you very much! And with him goes his so-called attempt to abrogate the 1997 Fiji Constitution.
We predict some very nasty things will happen to some people in Fiji this coming month of August. Frank senses it and he is already making his chess move. But unfortunately for him, he and his power-hungry usurpers will be check-mate!

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