REASSURING STATEMENT. DPP Pryde: "No person or organisation would be prosecuted for voicing political dissent, engaging in robust political debate or for expressing legitimate criticisms of Government..."
THE Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde, has assured the public that no person or organisation would be prosecuted for voicing political dissent, engaging in robust political debate or for expressing legitimate criticisms of the Government.
He made the comment after the publishing of an article by an overseas media organisation, which claimed that members of Parliament risked being charged with sedition for voicing dissent.
Mr Pryde said the statement in the article was factually incorrect and required correction and clarification.
"No one in Fiji risks being charged with sedition for voicing dissent. No one in Fiji has been charged with sedition for voicing dissent," he said.
He said it was important, especially that this year was election year, that all political parties, politicians and participants in the political process understood that no criminal proceedings would be instituted against any individual or organisation for engaging in legitimate political discussion.
"A decision as to whether a breach of the law has been made is carefully analysed by lawyers in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions with full regard to criminal law and the rights and freedoms guaranteed to all people under the Fijian Constitution."
He also clarified final decision on whether a charge would be laid in the courts was made by the DPP and no one else. Source: The Fiji Times, 5 January 2018
SODELPA IN TURMOIL: RAMAN VELJI, a high-profile SODELPA member resigns from party, citing the recent questionable SODELPA-PDP merger
SACKED? Sources close to FFP tell us that Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has been sacked from the party as Bainimarama prepares Inia Seruiratu to possible role as next PM; Bainimarama also swore at Khaiyum's children
He was angry after Khaiyum unceremoniously sacked his daughter from Information Ministry and prevented Bainimarama from attending the launching of his son Meli's IT company, prompting Bainimarama to lash out at Khaiyum's children. As a father he felt he was being told to be indifferent to his children and their career and business ambitions
LIKELY TO WIPE THE SMILE OFF THE FACE OF THE "KING OF FIJI"
KISHORE KUMAAR UPDATE: The former Facebook campaign manager for FFP was presented before Nasinu Magistrates Court and has been remanded in custody for the next two weeks over three criminal charges
KISHORE KUMAAR: FFP former campaign manager on Facebook and who was part of the team with Government Whip Ashneel Sudhakar and others who hacked Fijileaks is in custody charged with sexual assault
He is also charged with criminal trespass and threatening with weapon. Our sources say he will be presented before the court on Wednesday
Fijileaks: Despite his own confession into the hacking of Fijileaks and he recently provided further evidence of Ashneel Sudhakar and others roles in the hacking, Fiji Police are yet to charge any of the hackers still in Fiji
SODELPA-PDP TANGO: SODELPA general secretary Adi Litia Qionibaravi rallies party faithfuls, claiming that there is continuing efforts to derail SODELPA party's preparation for VICTORY in the 2018 general election
VERBAL FRACAS: This week SODELPA's Anare Jale and Jale Baba indulged in unsavoury spectacle, exchanging bitter war of wards during a meeting of opposition political parties on ATS strike, with Baba storming out of the meeting in anger. Its the latest humiliating bitter feud gripping SODELPA in recent months
"I'd like to leave you with our Party Leader's favourite words:
Ni sa bula vinaka.
We send you our warm greetings from the Secretariat Office at 66 McGregor Road in Suva.
We trust that you have all enjoyed the blessings of Christmas and the special time you have spent with your family members and friends.
We are just two days away from the New Year and whilst we do not want to dampen your preparations for the New Year, we thought it proper to advise you all of the recent decisions of the Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Mohammed Saneem.
Some of you would have heard the Fiji News yesterday that the Peoples Democratic Party was suspended from yesterday afternoon. That is correct. The reason for their suspension is purportedly for not registering with the Elections Office the name of their Registered Officer after Lynda Tabuya's resignation which was received at the Elections Office on 21st December, 2017.
REQUIREMENT TO SIGHT THE MOU THAT WAS SIGNED ON 9/12/17
Apart from the above the SOE also wishes to sight a certificate of the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between SODELPA and PDP on 9th December, 2017.
It appears that the SOE is amongst others who have misunderstood the issue surrounding the PDP's decision:
1. not to contest the GE of 2018 as a Party, but
2. to allow its members to join any other Political Party for purpose of contesting the GE and
3. the MOU that was signed between SODELPA and PDP.
Aman Singh resigned from PDP and joined Labour Party, Lynda and Vijay Singh resigned from PDP to join SODELPA.
The two individuals, Lynda Tabuya and Vijay Singh had formally advised the party that they had resigned from PDP during their Management Board meeting on the 7th of December, 2017.
Reading through the SOE's Press Statement, he appears to think that the MOU is a merger between SODELPA and PDP. According to the Political Parties Decree, 2013, section 13(4), the signed merger agreement should be made available to the Registrar of Political Parties within 21 days of the signing of the agreement.
The MOU that was signed between SODELPA and PDP is not a "merger" as defined under section 2 (Interpretation) of the Political Parties Decree, 2013, which states and I quote below:
"Merger means where 2 or more political parties consolidate their operations and combine all officers, structure and other functions of the political parties".
The signed MOU clearly states that " it shall not be construed to create a relationship between the Parties of agency, legal partnership, joint venture or any other similar arrangement or to render either Party liable for any debts or obligations incurred by the other."
Our Party Constitution stipulates at section 23.0 that "the Party may establish working relationships with other Parties for mutual benefits."
The MOU is premised exactly on section 23.0 of the Party Constitution, i.e that "the MOU is based on the spirit of unity, cooperation, reciprocity, and of mutual benefit to both parties.
THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FROM SODELPA REQUESTED BY THE SOE
At about 4.00pm on Thursday 28th December, a letter was delivered from the Supervisor Of Elections to the Party Registered Officer and the letter requested:
1. certified copies of the MOU that was signed between SODELPA and PDP on 9th December, 2017, as he wishes to determine whether the MOU was a merger between the two parties, and if so, it warrants the registration of a new party altogether, and
2. the minutes of the 9th December, SGA, wherein Mr. Vijay Singh was elected as one of three Vice Presidents of the Party.
We have also received questions from the Fiji Sun and the Fiji Times on the news item and our response is pasted at the end of this email.
Please be assured that the Party remains firm in its resolve to contest the General Election of 2018.
SODELPA has nothing to hide, this was no sinister move to circumvent the rules set out in the Political Parties Registration etc Decree of 2013, and the party is looking at the request from the Supervisor of Elections who is Registrar for Political Parties under the 2013 Decree, with a view to complying with the information requested by Mr. Saneem.
We shall keep you informed of the progress on these matters.
In the meanwhile, we would again like to take the opportunity to thank you all, our local and overseas supporters for your continuing support for the Party. We thank you for your sacrifice and commitment to the Party. Let us continue to hold hands and together move forward to fight the General Election and be victorious.
I'd like to leave you with our Party Leader's favourite words:
"Just Do the Right Things, with Malice Towards None"
"Kitaka ga na Ka Dodonu, kakua ni lomacataka e dua na tamata"
Hindhi (Bimal is working on this>
We wish you happy celebration for the New Year and may it bring prosperity for us all.
SODELPA-PDP FARCE: Tabuya's PDP suspended for 30 days following our questioning of party's deal with SODELPA and breach of Section 11; PDP's Vijay Singh, now new SODELPA Vice-President, referred to FICAC
UPDATE ON ASHWIN RAJ: He is now trying to get the Chair of the Human Rights Commission, Justice Ajmeer, removed because the Commissioners have accused Raj of gross abuse of office. The charges include alleged vehicle, office funds, and complaints data abuses
From Fijileaks Archive:
A day later after her Lasulasu
"...Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy... censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives." --Robert A. Heinlein, -If This Goes On
Norway-Sweden Disunion: The 1905 Velvet Divorce: As Recorded In The Private Diary of British Diplomatist Sir James Rennell Rodd in Scandinavia [Kindle Edition] Victor Lal (Author);
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