Monday, March 29, 2010

Convicted Killer Heads Suva Rugby

coupfourpointfive - TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010

A New Zealand media team is reporting that Fiji military strongman, Voreqe Bainimarama, has installed his brother-in-law, a man convicted of manslaughter, as the head of the Suva Rugby Union.

Stuff says the move marks the increasing militarisation of Fiji life.

Bainimarama's brother-in-law, Commander Francis Kean, head of the Fiji Navy, will be the union chair while the head of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, Lt-Commander Tevita Rokouluilakeba Mara, will become president.

Two commanders and a major are on the board.

Bainimarama seized power in December 2006.

A month later his daughter Ateca Bainimarama married Samuel Whippy. At the reception Francis Kean took exception to a comment by Whippy's uncle, John Whippy, and punched him, fatally.

He was charged with murder but eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 18 months jail.

He served less than a third of the sentence and was freed to take over the navy again.

Kean told state controlled radio that he had given an ultimatum to the former Suva Rugby Union representatives to report to him.

"We need to set the house in order, this is one of the areas we're looking at, there is transparency and that's accountability in the financial affairs of Suva Rugby Union."

In a related development, a fellow coup plotter, Commodore Esala Teleni, has become a director on the Fiji Rugby Union.

He is also the military appointed head of police. Michael Field

Convicted Navy commander new Chairman of Suva rugby

Intelligentsiya - Sunday, March 28, 2010

Navy Commander Francis Kean has been appointed the Chairman of Suva Rugby Union.

Commander Kean was apointed to the position yesterday,along with the Commander 3FIR, Lt Colonel Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara who was appointed President of the Union.

Maika Waqavatu the Secretary, Saimoni Camaitoga the Treasurer.

Speaking to FBC sports,Commander Kean says he has given an ultimatum to former executives to prepare the 2007- 2009 financial report by the 17th of April.

“In order for us to go in with a voice come the FRU AGM towards the end of April. That we get these reports in, as I earlier, we need to set the house in order, this is one of the areas we’re looking at, ther is transparency and that’s accountability in the financial affairs of Suva Rugby Union.”

Newly elected Suva Rugby Union Chairman, Commander Francis Kean.

The other executives that were appointed at the AGM today are Liutenant Commander Lepani Vaniqi of Navy as the Assistant Treasurer, Major Pacolo Luveni of Army the Assistant Secretary, Opetaia Ravai the Games Committee Chairman, Major Samisoni Kafoa the Assistant President of the Disciplinary Committee.

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