Thursday, September 02, 2010

Is Fiji on the Verge of Another Coup?

Insight Report: Is Fiji on the verge of another coup?

Insight Report – By Tupuola Terrence Tavita, in Apia.
02 September 2010
There could very well be a third coup in Fiji very soon, this time from inside the barracks. The word from reliable sources in Suva (who wish to remain anonymous) is that the powerful Military Council – most of them from Fiji’s chiefly families – have become disenchanted with how Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama is running things.

The Military Council is maneuvering to call the shots from inside the barracks. One name that has come across more often now – and remember this one – is Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba – or popularly known as Roko Ului – a son of the late president Ratu Sir Kamasese Mara.
Roko Ului sits on the Military Council and more importantly, is the commander of the Fiji military’s Third Battalion. This battalion holds the guys who carry the biggest guns in the military and look after the national armory.
Unlike Frank Bainimarama, Ratu Tevita has very strong traditional alliances. One of his sisters – Adi Koila is married to current Fiji president Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and another, Adi Ateca, is married to the current Minister of Fiji Home Affairs Ratu Epeli Ganilau.
Fiji sources say there is significance in changes made to some powerful positions within the Military Government. They say, departing Police Commissioner and Christian fundamentalist Esala Teleni was removed from his position. So was the recent permanent secretary of Finance, John Prasad – who holds a New Zealand passport and is believed to be heading back to Auckland this week. Sources say both calls came from inside the barracks – from the Council – for these two to get out.
Our sources say the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum – who has been
designing those draconian emergency decrees – will be next. Slowly the
Council is cutting Bainimarama’s support from under him.

The plan will eventually remove Bainimarama as well. Our sources say he definitely will not last till 2014 where he has promised Fiji will go to the polls. In fact, they tell us, Frank wont last 12 months.
The criticism suggests Bainimarama made the perennial mistake of leaving the barracks and went running around pretending to be Prime Minister. Flying off to China, to the Emirates and Burma among other places to solicit international support for his junta. This while others in the military – in the Security Council – have been slowly asserting themselves in the barracks.
This is the reality of military governments and military dictatorships. You suppress the media, scurry the opposition, leaving you and your military ilk at the top.
But then as best illustrated in William Golding’s award winning book Lord of the Flies, you start to turn on each other.
Tupuola Terry Tavita is the editor of the Samoan government newspaper Savali news.


Comments posted on Matavuvale.com

  • IT IS REALLY HEATING UP NOW GUYS, IT SEEMS, BAINIMARAMA ISN'T MAKING ALL THE NOISE NOW !...DA DABE GA DA SARAVA ME RA VEINAMURAKI GA VAKATAKI IRA !!! FRANK WON'T LAST 12 MONTH,,SA DINA !!...SO NA VOSA KAUKAUWA QO !!
  • QORI...QAI LAURAI MADA NA VIAVIA VUKU KEI NA VEILIUTAKI SUGURAKI E RATOU SAKITAKA TIKO. DA YADUA TU MADA NA I JIBI TAPAKO, DA QAI MAI SARASARA TU YANI.

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