The Coup And The Administration Are Two Different Things: Your Views To Discuss Legalities.

Can we talk on this issues so far and come up with ideas to on how we can regain our first status in Fiji.

What Bainimarama and Khaiyum has done are these
1. Removed the GCC

2. Removed the Bose Levu Vakaturaga

3. Made all the Village Position be paid by the Government
4. Removed the history of Ratu Sukuna from our midst
5. Recruited all young Fijians into the arms forces and Police
6. Using up our FNPF for his developments
7. Made a Constitution that was not put to Referedum for the people to add, delete or give an opnion
8. Allowed all to be called Fijians.
9. Allowed Muslims to take up all strategic positions in Fiji, A Fiji that our forefathers fought and died for.
10. The balatant misuse of publci funds
i) The freebies
ii) The Matua Taxi advertisement of Fiji First Party etc.
11. The delegation to the UN, we see no Indeginous Fijian significantly involved
12.The continued psychological tormentation by Bainimarama on the citizens of Fiji: "You did not vote for me, I will not look after you" syndrome
13. and the last their Party Constitution is not Democratic, this has alot of bearing in the the shoved Constitution
14. The election of the President no longer done by the GCC
15.The land decrees and NLTB decrees has demoted us to the level of being arriving here also on the Leonidas
16. The jailing of those who misused funds, but they too misused funds of greater proportion and does even get a sniff of police report of them.
17. Immunity to all the deeds that was done after the coup. The administration that was carried out is different from the actual coup. 
i) These two scenarios has to be dealt with separately
a) The staging of the coup
b) The actual administration after the military takeover which is a normal governance of administration this has to be brought to justice. 
(a) and (b) are totally two different things happening. They did not happen simultaneoulsy and we have a window here to bring the Bainimarama fold to justice.

WE ARE GIVEN THE ABOVE SCENARIO TO DISCUSS AND BRING TO THE FORE THAT JUSTICE IS TO BE DONE IN ORDER FOR MERCY TO BE GIVEN.

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We have agreed that Bainimarama is our Prime Minister as the election has declared, though we have reservations of how it was won. But he is now our PM and Khayum our second AG in this Government- the first was Honourable Koya. These was minutes into its reign. We have seen on how all the above have been carried out, and under the Regime we cannot voice a dissent, now that Democracy is here, we still feel that air of fear, of despair, of regrets but also of hope. Can we continue this way?

We may highlights some of the points above or add juice to it so that a court appearance of both could be propelled from this discussion. The funding is there..we have to be corksure.

 

First things first. The UN hates our constitution because it lack Human Rights freedom. Now they want a review for the next years and Khaiyum has a huge task of meeting the task. 

The task now to clean up the 2013 Constitution in the next 10 years which will come with cost tags.

 The repeal or comprehensive review of the draconian Decrees plus the introduction of the Bills to enact legislation to promote accountability and transparency will lead to good governance and this must be done Immediately as soon as possible.

If the Government delays this important step then regrettably the people of Fiji have the right to be suspicious of the secrecy and hidden agenda of this Elected Government of what comes next. 

In a real Democracy, the people of Fiji must have the liberty to speak openly and candidly without fear of any repercussion.

Fiji is not free at the moment. Our opposition should ensure to free our media first so people can all about the dirt's of this government.

my thots..reading the topics is like opening up the "can of worms" of hate/disgust/anger/incite about Fiji First Party...please people the majority have raised their glasses...all those 14 bullet points can be given to the right people called the "opposition party"..its time to move on 

I hope that we are not here as Fiji First or any other political party, we are here as concerned Fiji Citizens who wants to see that our votes counts and justice to be done. We have just got the Auditors Report and we see it not as a Fiji First , but a tax payer, who has his or her hard earned paid taxes being abused not by Fiji First, but by the Frank and Khaiyum. It is a can of worms that has to be brought to justice.

But as stated, the coup and the administration are two different things happening after the other has been executed. So we can put to trial both positions but it has to be a separate, both together will not be a strong case...your thoughts please....the legal minds should formulate a case moving forward.

Loans review

Nasik Swami
Thursday, November 06, 2014

THE Finance Ministry incurred substantial amount of foreign exchange losses totalling tens of millions of dollars last year.

The Auditor-General's report for 2013 reported a loss of $70,711,949.77 in its review of the country's overseas loans.

In the report, the audit of the ministry noted that these foreign exchange losses were incurred because of fluctuations in exchange rates.

The audit further stated that discussions revealed the losses were a result of changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

"Exchange rate variations over time are a potential source of risk to cross-border financial obligations," the report said.

The Auditor-General's report said the findings indicated ministry officials failed to discuss the hedging exposures with the overseas lenders to avoid foreign exchange losses.

Auditor General Tevita Bolanavanua recommended the ministry to ensure that foreign exchange losses are kept at a minimal level while borrowing overseas.

In response, the ministry's management commented that the unit was assessing a number of foreign risk mitigation measures including hedging.

"It already has had discussions with a number of financial institutions. Some financial institutions are working on their hedge offer. MOF would be in a position to comment on the offer once all the analysis is completed," the management comments stated.

The Auditor General's 2013 report also revealed that its review of the ministry's debt portfolios noted that the ministry did not utilise the amount set aside for repayment of various loan accounts totalling $3,255,000 and $1,169,506 for the year ended 2012 and 2013 respectively.

The report stated that the discussions with the debt unit revealed that it was likely that repayment will commence from 2015 since the Government of China has extended the loan.

"Providing unrealistic budget submissions indicates poor planning by Debt Unit and hence provides an unnecessary burden to manage the debt. This will further lead to increase in Government borrowings," the report said.

The Auditor General recommended the ministry to make realistic budget estimates as it could lead to budget deficits and increase in borrowings.

In response, the ministry's management commented that a review was undertaken on this issue and more care and verifications were now being undertaken to ensure that budget estimates are accurate and more precise for further budget estimates.

Public Accounts Committee chairman Professor Biman Prasad in an interview yesterday said losses and unpaid loans were an important issue which the committee will look into when it starts its meetings.

"I am glad that the Auditor General has highlighted this matter," Prof Prasad said.

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=285339

How they were paid

Shalveen Chand
Friday, November 07, 2014

GOVERNMENT ministers' salaries were paid through chartered accounting firm Aliz Pacific Limited from 2010, according to the Auditor-General's Report for that year

The report, which was tabled in Parliament during its first sitting, stated that Cabinet, in its memorandum of January 4, 2010, to the permanent secretary of finance, instructed the cessation of payment of minister's salaries from January 2010.

The report stated that the change was subject to Cabinet approval to alter the terms and conditions of engagement of all ministers.

According to ministerial comments to the report, the Finance Ministry facilitated the request from the Prime Minister's Office following the Cabinet approval.

It said initially the fund for each minister's salary was provided in their ministry budget.

It said the revised budget for 2010 redeployed the funds from the various ministries to the Ministry of Finance Head 50 to which it said all payments were made.

The 2010 report stated the PM's Office from January 15, 2010, submitted invoices to the Finance Ministry for payment of the minister's salaries through Aliz Pacific Limited.

A total of over $1.75 million was expensed for minister's pay in 2010 through budgetary allocation controlled by the Finance Ministry's miscellaneous expenditure Head 50 without any supporting document.

Auditor-General Tevita Bolanavanua recommended in the 2010 Report that the payments of ministerial salaries to Aliz Pacific should be properly documented.

The 2011 and 2012 Auditor-General's reports carry no comment on ministerial salaries but makes comments about Head 50 under which the ministerial salaries were paid from in 2010. The comments relate to expenditure released to ministries for payments of goods and services.

It said that initially the fund for each minister's salary was provided in their ministry budget.

It said the revised budget for 2010 redeployed the funds from the various ministries to the Finance Ministry Head 50 to which it said all payments were made.

The 2010 report stated the PM's Office from January 15, 2010, submitted invoices to the Finance Ministry for payment of the minister's salaries through Aliz Pacific Limited.

A total of over $1.75million was expensed for minister's pay in 2010 through budgetary allocation controlled by the Finance Ministry's miscellaneous expenditure Head 50 without any supporting document.

Auditor-General Tevita Bolanavanua recommended in the 2010 Report that the payments of ministerial salaries to Aliz Pacific should be properly documented.

The 2011 and 2012 Auditor-General's reports carry no comment on ministerial salaries but makes comments about Head 50 under which the ministerial salaries were paid from in 2010. The comments relate to expenditure released to ministries for payments of goods and services.

When Mr Bolanavanua was asked this week why there was no comment on ministerial salaries in his reports for those two years, he responded via email that the Office of the Auditor-General had been following up regarding the information with both the Ministry of Finance and the PM's Office but nothing was released for audit.

In the 2013 Auditor-General's report, it is highlighted that $1.86m was paid out in that year as ministerial salary.

According to the report for that year, the audit noted that the ministry did not have any acquittal guideline for the payment of salaries to ministers with the exception of the contract for Inia Seruiratu which was made available to the audit team.

The report said salaries were processed based on the amounts provided by Aliz Pacific Limited.

A table provided in the 2013 report showed that the minister with EDP #21915 was paid a gross salary of $278,750.16 while the Minister with EDP # 90321 was paid $184,999.92 for the year ending at December 31, 2013. Other ministers received salaries of between $130,000 and $150,000 for the year.

The report said in addition to his salary, on February 20, 2014, the PM received a gratuity payment of $57,500 for the year ended 2013. The report did not explain what the payment was for.

"The audit was verbally advised that the contract documents are with the Office of the Prime Minister," the report stated.

It said that despite requests from the audit team in January 2014 and from the Finance Ministry to the PM's Office, the Auditor-General was not provided with the documents.

The report stated that in the absence of an acquittal guideline for salaries paid from Head 50, the audit was unable to provide an assurance that payments made were correct.

Mr Bolanavanua recommended the Finance Ministry should develop a guideline for the proper accounting of Head 50 payments and to ensure that payments are fully supported with relevant documents.

He recommended that the ministry should liaise with the PM's Office to get the contract agreements and maintain them for the audit review process.

In response the Finance Ministry explained that the PM's Office had been contacted and it was advised to allow the auditors to view the documents regarding the information with both the Ministry of Finance and the PM's Office but nothing was released for audit.

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=285417

move on with corruption?

just a note from one of the us who seeks justice when under dictatorship

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There should be no question about holding dictators accountable by trial. Imagine if we'd provided Hitler with a guaranteed life in the Berghof if he promised to end the war. How about allowing deposed/deceased Libyan leader Ghadhafi a guarantee to pitch his tent anywhere he wanted if he agreed to step down. Then there's al-Qaeda. Why not grant them amnesty and a life of luxury in any country they choose if they stop fighting? Let's not forget about Saddam Hussein. Could we have looked the other way?

Peace does not come cheap. I'm a veteran, but cannot lay claim to having suffered and made sacrifices for the freedom and comfort I enjoy. That was granted to me by God and my brothers & sisters who fought wars that threatened our nation. The people we witness protesting for change in the streets of their nations not only want freedom, but justice. And they are sending a message to dictators, too.

'We will fight you wherever you are and win no matter what the cost!'

These sentiments might be very strong in Fiji 's term, but the Dictatorial attitude is in question how mild it maybe physically , one should account for the psychological torture in Fiji, it it horrendous!

Thinking out loud... I know there are many pitfalls but lets start the ball rolling....There should be the Golden Rule of NO IMMUNITY on any constitution, to be rendered to Coup makers... for Fiji it is to be dated back to 1987 if need be.

Bainimarama for all justice He fought for should have put Rabuka on the spot.....or is the sentiment down below becomes true for him also.

But it is still rare for African countries to put their rulers in the dock—perhaps because incumbents fear creating an unwanted precedent if and when their turn comes

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