Friday, November 02, 2012

Anticipated Bainimarama Tussle with Ghai Commission in Full Swing

by Sai Lealea

The highly anticipated spat between the illegal Bainimarama regime and the Ghai Commission is well and truly underway with the recent complaints from the Dictator about the operations of the Commission. Read below the reported stories on Fiji Village News. 

Yet a casual examination of the motives behind such complaints reveal a great deal about the naked hypocrisy that is the hallmark of the illegal Bainimarama regime's way of doing things. It again goes to show how shallow Bainimarama is and bereft of any integrity or credibility as a leader given his well developed habit of speaking with forked tongues and ever contradicting himself to suit his evil plans of subjugating the truth from the people of Fiji.

No more so is this first trait blatantly displayed than when he calls for the Commission to publish the names and salaries of all its staff and consultants. This call is even idiotic when the Commission had to raise some of its operational funding separately. We know a number of overseas governments had opted to fund the Commission separate of the illegal government in support of moving Fiji to democratic rule. They just don't trust the Bainimarama regime and for very good reasons.

Memory check:
  • Has Bainimarama thought about publishing the Government Audited Account since his 2006 coup? 
  • How about the aborted audit of the Military Regimental Funds from which he and his closest mates had profited from but okay now to prosecute junior officers for the same offence? 
  • Just as he is calling for the names and salaries of the staff of the Commission, why not the same for Qorvis and the likes of Indian IT consultants and others now hired as consultants to prop up his illegal regime.
  • How about revealing the salary of his illegal ministers and who in fact pays them other than the Ministry of Finance?
Among Bainimarama and Khaiyum's real leadership strength is their uncanny ability to deliberately misread the mood and desire of the public and make rules on the hoof that suit only them and their friends. This was again on display when Bainimarama questioned the Commission's attempt at seeking further deliberation over a number of key issues arising from the submissions such as the common name. Dictator Bainimarama freely admits it is not one of his non-negotiables yet he then tries to stretch his twisted logic and inept legal understanding to say it is implied in his dictated principles. Ghai, as a constitutional jurist, saw through this dumb and shallow attempt for what it is - undoubtedly someone overstretching his fatally deficient mental faculties. 

Sadly for Fiji and its once proud military, that is what it has been undeservedly subjected to since Bainimarama's treasonous coup in 2006. It inevitable paints a distorted picture of what Fiji and the majority of its people are like and capable of, to the rest of the world. No wonder I often get told by people here and elsewhere that despite all that is currently happening in Fiji, they're glad they know people there are not as dumb, mean and greedy as those currently running the government. To them, Bainimarama and his illegal regime is a Gross Misrepresentation of Fiji and its people. They easily recall smart, decent and intelligent leaders of the past with university training and qualifications unlike the current lot of military usurpers. 

To my mind that is what Fiji and its people must hold on to - the faith and belief that we still have such people around and that once the tyrant Bainimarama and his mottled lot are gone, Fiji will again be served by those who have their real interest at heart. Undoubtedly, this is what keeps Bainimarama sleepless as he worries about the return of people like Qarase, who still commands widespread support among the people of Fiji. Indeed, that is precisely why Bainimarama has fabricated the charges against Qarase in order to try and remove him from the political scene in Fiji. Unfortunately for him and his treasonous lot, people like Qarase, have a tendency of coming back and even stronger.

Alas it takes one with a refined mental ability, intelligence and class to figure that out. Despite his feeble attempts so far at pretending, Dictator Bainimarama is just not that imbued. The sooner he recognises that the better it will be for him personally and for Fiji and its people.

Let the Tussle Begin! Ghai Versus Illegal PM & Fiji Dictator



Fiji Village News

 Govt Rejects Claim by Ghai of Unfair comments
 
The Fijian Government rejects the claim by the Chairman of the Constitutional Commission, Professor Yash Ghai, that the Prime Minister’s criticism of the appointment of Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi was ‘unfair’.

In a statement, the Prime Minister repeated his insistence that Ratu Joni’s appointment as a consultant to the Commission was in breach of the decree that established its terms of reference.

Commodore Bainimarama said Professor Ghai knows that the decree stipulates that any staff or consultants engaged by the Commission must abide by its non-negotiable principles and be impartial. 

He added those non-negotiable principles include a secular state, which Ratu Joni opposed when he lent his name to a submission calling for a Christian state.

However, Professor Ghai said Ratu Joni’s views about Fiji as a secular, multicultural and tolerant society are a matter of public record, but he also respected what the people of Bau wanted.

Ghai said that Commodore Bainimarama’s attack on Ratu Joni for the consultancy with the Constitution Commission is unfair.

According to Ghai the decree wisely provides for the commission to seek the assistance of experts on specialised issues.

Ghai added in the case of Ratu Joni not only is he known for his wide knowledge and experience of the law, but also of social and political affairs, and has a deep understanding of traditional cultures in his role as a traditional leader.

According to Professor Ghai Ratu Joni had also made it clear that he was intending to make his own submission and asked the Commission if this would create a conflict. 

The commission considered and concluded that there would be no conflict.
 
The Prime Minister noted Professor Ghai’s statement that Ratu Joni was not paid his consultancy fee on the day he was party to the submission on a Christian state.

According to Commodore Bainimarama this is neither here nor there as far as the Government is concerned. 

It also demonstrates that there is no transparency in the appointment of consultants by the Commission. 

The fact is that Ratu Joni was engaged as a consultant on October the 1st. 

The Prime Minister said Ratu Joni was party to a submission against one of the non-negotiable provisions on October 12th and continued as a consultant until the end of the month. 

This breached the terms of the decree and there is no other way to portray it.

However, Professor Ghai further explains that the contractual arrangements for the consultancy do not provide for an automatic payment for 30 days. 

This is the maximum period, and payments were made only for the days Ratu Joni worked for the Commission.

Ghai further added that on the day of the public hearing Ratu Joni neither claimed nor was paid for the day.
 
 
 Ghai Calls PM’s Attack on Ratu Joni Unfair
 
The Chairman of the Constitution Commission Yash Ghai said the Prime Minster Voreqe Bainimarama’s attack on Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi for the consultancy with the Constitution Commission is unfair.

According to Ghai the decree wisely provides for the commission to seek the assistance of experts on specialised issues.

Ghai added in the case of Ratu Joni not only is he known for his wide knowledge and experience of the law, but also of social and political affairs, and has a deep understanding of traditional cultures in his role as a traditional leader.

According to Professor Ghai Ratu Joni had also made it clear that he was intending to make his own submission and asked the Commission if this would create a conflict. 

The commission considered and concluded that there would be no conflict.

Professor Ghai further explains that the contractual arrangements for the consultancy do not provide for an automatic payment for 30 days. 

This is the maximum period, and payments were made only for the days Ratu Joni worked for the Commission.

Ghai further added that on the day of the public hearing Ratu Joni neither claimed nor was paid for the day.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama had questioned the impartiality of the commission and has instructed the government to alter the terms of the Constitution Commission Decree which now requires the commission to publish the names and salaries of all its staff and


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 Illegal PM Questions Commission’s Impartiality

 
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday instructed the government to alter the terms of the Constitution Commission Decree which now requires the commission to publish the names and salaries of all its staff and consultants.

Questions have also been raised on the commission’s impartiality after the government discovered that Bau chief Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi was part of a delegation that made a submission to the commission in direct contravention of the non-negotiable principles while he was a paid consultant of the commission.

Commodore Bainimarama said the commission is in breach of provisions in the decree that stipulate that its staff and consultants must observe the non-negotiable principles and be politically neutral.

He said one of these principles is a secular state in line with democracies like the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Commodore Bainimarama said Ratu Joni was party to a submission by a delegation calling for the declaration of a Christian state in Fiji.
Bainimarama's tainted lot

He also said Ratu Joni was a paid consultant to the commission from the beginning of October yet that had only become public knowledge last week.

The Prime Minister said he saw Ratu Joni’s contract for the first time which states that he started work with the commission on October 1st and his contract expired yesterday.

He is extremely disappointed to discover this and to find that Ratu Joni was being paid a daily rate as a consultant when he filed in with the delegation to argue the fundamental principles on October 12th.

Commodore Bainimarama said following this incident, it leaves open the perception, at the very least, that the commission has compromised its impartiality.

We have contacted the commission about these matters.

It is yet to respond.

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Illegal PM Says Common Name will Remain
Fiji's once proud military under a Dictator

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said while Fijian is not specifically stated as a non-negotiable principle, common and equal citizenry (a non-negotiable principle) means that all citizens are common in their legal status in relation to the state and thereby have a common name.
It is an accepted legal basis for all modern states.

Although the Prime Minister has stressed that all citizens now have “Fijian” as the common name, Constitution Commission chairman Professor Yash Ghai said the issue of common name is not a non-negotiable.

Professor Ghai said the decision on common name will be made by the commission.

Professor Ghai said everyone’s views will be taken into account before the commission decides on the issue of common name. 

The commission is having a public seminar on religion and state at USP’s Marine Studies Lecture Theatre from 6 to 8 tonight.

The speakers will include representatives from the Methodist Church, Catholic Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church, LDS, Pacific Regional Seminary, Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha, Fiji Muslim League and Pacific Theological College.


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