Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Overthrow Rumours Make Fiji Dictator Nervous

21 September 2010
By Sai Lealea 

Yesterday's unconfirmed rumours, now known to be untrue, of the arrest of Fiji's dictator Bainimarama, and his close side kick, the illegal Attorney General Khaiyum, has nevertheless had an effect. While Khaiyum is reportedly in Geneva, the Dictator has second thoughts of going to the UN in New York for fear of being overthrown while away. The fate of his current illegal President, currently and who was also overseas, during the Rabuka coup of 1987, must be fresh in his mind no doubt.

Contacts in Fiji reported widespread jubilation, though premature then unjustified, when news spread of the reported arrest of the Dictator yesterday by Driti. One can only imagine the euphoria and national celebration throughout Fiji once the dictator and his illegal regime are in fact overthrown and legitimacy restored to the governance of Fiji.

THERE IS A SENSE THOUGH THAT THE END BECKONS FOR THE ILLEGAL REGIME.

The signals are not altogether favourable for their survival. Internal division within the military is rife against the government run by Bainimarama. No doubt military officers in the Military Council are having an eye on the ailing economy and the disturbing impact on lack of attention to revitalise key industries such as sugar. Though tourism has reportedly experienced some growth, even if on the back of huge discounts and from non-traditional markets, this would be unsustainable in the long run. The Chinese cash cow will also not be flowing with unchecked generosity forever and it often comes with far reaching social and cultural downside as they have far more sinister strategic motives than meets the untutored Fijian eye.

STAND UP FOR FIJI AND BE COUNTED

Smart military officers need also be thinking of the unique opportunity now presented to pull their beloved Fiji back from the brink and be labelled as national heroes for it, given the euphoria surrounding the arrest rumours. Driti and others will forever be recipients of the nation's gratitude if they could muster the courage to arrest Bainimarama and restore democracy to Fiji. In so doing, they could be able to, and be in a much stronger position, to negotiate immunity for themselves. A grateful nation and people can be expected to be much more generous.

The million dollar question though is "have they got it in them?" One thing is clear though:
  • the opportunity is now ripe for them to carry this enterprise out as life in Fiji will only worsen, given the drought, international isolation and an ailing economy. 
  • They therefore have a laudable motive and it is one of national imperative, and not personal gain. 
  • Finally, only the military have the means to dethrown one of its own. 
I now urge those military officers to do the right thing most earnestly and with all fervour and undying love for our country Fiji 

FIJI WILL BE THE BETTER FOR IT AS THE BRUTALISED PRIDE OF ITS PEOPLE IS RECLAIMED AND REPAIRED.

2 comments:

Papa Lele said...

You shouldn't have posted that Bainimarama has been arrested last night without confirmation as it had misled many people. It also helped Bainimarama to be prepared should any one tries to overthrow him. You post didn't help at all.

Sai Lealea said...

@Papa Lele,
I was not the only one posting the reported arrest. In fact I reposted the story from another Blog which had it earlier in the day. Am sure the dictator will have his foot soldiers looking/listening out for any attempt to arrest him. Let's hope it will not be enough to save his skin though.