Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Lau Provincial Council Chair Forced to Resign due to Illegal Regime Threats

Posted on Coup Four Point Five - 13 July 2011

The new chair of the Lau Provincial Council, Adi Ateca Ganilau, has been forced to step down on the second day of the meeting after an ultimatum from Frank Bainimarama.

The dictator's ultimatum said “Either remove Adi Ateca Ganilau, nee Mara, as Chairman or the meeting will forced to end immediately”.

Adi Ateca Ganilau was elected Chairman on Tuesday. In a shock result for the dictator, Bainimarama, Adi Ateca received 17 votes, The regime stooge Filipe Bole 15 (pictured above) Roko Josefa Delainauluvatu 6.
A statement from Roko Ului Mara says Adi Ateca stepped down as Chairman to allow the meeting to continue. 

"She said on the day before the meeting Leweni was lobbying the members of the council to vote for Bole or the province would not receive any government funds. The members of the council disregarded that and voted me in as Chairman. However, following the ultimatum I felt it was in the best interests of Lau if I step down to allow the meeting to continue. The Interim Government now has no excuse not to deliver on the promises made to Lau by Bainimarama last month.”

Ratu Tevita Mara said “I congratulate my sister Adi Ateca on her victory. However, It is a sad day for Fiji when an elected representative is forced to resign because of a dictator’s blackmail.

 “This result showed the people of Lau cannot be bought. The dictator thought he could threaten the members with withdrawing Government financial support for the province. The people of Lau ignored the threats and voted for who they believed had their best interests at heart. The regime responded by removing Adi Ateca.”

“The election of Adi Ateca demonstrates that the people of Fiji can see through the dictator’s lies and broken promises. It shows when the people are allowed to vote they do not vote for Bainimarama or his lackeys. They vote for independence from the regime.”

“Khaiyum announced Fiji would have elections in September 2014. That maybe the case, but here we have a clear example of how this regime acts if they don’t agree with the voters. They use blackmail and threats to get the result they want. I urge all the supporters of the Bainimarama regime to take note. There will be no free and fair elections in 2014. The only chance for a fairly elected Government in Fiji is for regime change.

“The pressure is building on Bainimarama and his puppet master Khaiyum. Pressure is building within Fiji and it is building in the region. I have a meeting in Sydney on Saturday and will then fly on to New Zealand to talk with the pro democracy movement.”


Fiji's illegal regime: everything okay until Adi Ateca's outburst

LEWENI: Unworkable situation
FBC - Wednesday July 13
Filipe Bole is the new chairperson of the Lau Provincial Council – replacing Adi Ateca Ganilau who was elected into the position yesterday.
The decision was made morning after government asked the Bose ni Yasana to reconsider the leadership of the Council – following an outburst by Adi Ateca against the Peoples Charter and the government at yesterday’s close of session.
Commissioner Eastern Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni told FBC News government made it clear that assistance to the province and the people of Lau would continue and not be affected – but they would not be able to work with Adi Ateca after the comments she made. 
The delegates were asked to deliberate further on the stance of the chairperson – due to her outburst yesterday – in which she clearly showed her intention that she is not willing to work with government. 
That’s the gist of government’s message this morning – that if this is the stance of the chairperson, it is unfortunate and government will not be able to work with someone who does not see eye to eye with government’s development plans.

Leweni adds the Council was given an hour to discuss the issue and after deliberations appointed Education Minister Filipe Bole as chair.

He says they had no problem with Adi Ateca’s election as chair until she made the outburst. 

Prime Minister’s Office official Kisoko Cagituivei told FBC News Adi Ateca agreed to step down after Leweni told the Council government could not work with her. 

Fiji Village News: 
The chairperson of the Lau Provincial Council Adi Ateca Ganilau who was appointed yesterday has stepped down from the post in the last hour.

As the final day of the Provincial Council meeting continues in Nadi, Education Minister Filipe Bole has now been appointed as the Chair of the Lau Provincial Council while his deputy is Roko Josefa Dalainauluvatu.

Adi Ateca Ganilau stepped down after one hour was given by Commissioner Eastern Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni to the 40 official council members to sit together at the meeting venue and discuss the importance of development in the province and the benefits of supporting the People’s Charter.
Lieutenant Colonel Leweni addressed the council members this morning after 
Adi Ateca said that she does not support the People’s Charter and the leadership.

Lieutenant Colonel Leweni told Fijivillage after his speech that the Chair and members of the Provincial Council should think of the people of the province of Lau and set other issues aside that would hinder the developments in Lau.
He also said people should remember that the Provincial Councils are governed by the I-Taukei Affairs Act and are fully funded by the government. The Lau Provincial Council had supported the People’s Charter when it was first taken around to the councils.
Lieutenant Colonel Leweni said he cannot say why Adi Ateca decided to reject the Charter yesterday despite the earlier endorsement of the council.


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