The Soko Death: Now, Police Commissioner says they are waiting for Latuoka Hospital to release Soko's medical report - Fijileaks released it months ago!
Fiji's Police will meet with the Director Public Prosecution today to discuss outstanding issues with respect to the case of Vilikesa Soko who died in police custody. Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald says among outstanding issues to be discussed is the release of Soko's medical report. "I can confirm that one outstanding issue remains and that is the release of Soko’s medical report from the Lautoka Hospital which is being done with the assistance of the Solicitor General’s office," Groenewald said. Source: Fijilive.
WATERGATE TO WHITEWASH JOURNALISM IN FIJI: As Fijian journalism sinks to its lowest ebb, we SALUTE BEN BRADLEE of Washington Post who died aged 93, the 'Great Editor'
Barack Obama awarded Bradlee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013; in Fiji, in 2008, the interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and his soldiers kidnapped the former Fiji Sun publisher Russell Hunter from his home and deported him out of the country, and slapped banning order against Victor Lal from entering his country of birth. Crime: For exposing Mahendra Chaudhry's secret millions.
BEN Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, has died aged 93. The newspaper reports he died at his Washington home of natural causes. As executive editor from 1968-1991, Bradlee was credited for transforming the Post into one of the most respected newspapers in America. In 2013, he was given the country's highest civilian honour - the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession - it was a public good vital to our democracy," President Barack Obama said in a statement released by the White House on Tuesday evening. A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told."
"Ben Bradlee was the best American newspaper editor of his time and had the greatest impact on his newspaper of any modern editor," said Donald Graham, the former publisher of the Washington Post.
'Aggressive reporting' Bradlee played a key role in pursuing what became known as the Watergate scandal, which eventually toppled President Richard Nixon in 1974.
The scandal began when five men were caught trying to break into the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate complex in Washington, on 17 June 1972.
The intruders were adjusting bugging equipment and photographing documents. Bradlee encouraged two journalists - Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - to pursue relentlessly the unfolding story. When secret tape recordings of Nixon's complicity in covering up the scandal came to light, the president was left with no choice but to resign. The story of the newspaper's coverage of the Watergate scandal was later portrayed in the film All The President's Men.
Bradlee - who fought in the Navy during World War Two - became a reporter in the 1950s. He soon became close friends with the then senator and future President John F Kennedy. Bradlee became managing editor at the Washington Post in 1965 and was promoted to executive editor three years later.
"From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily," the newspaper wrote in its obituary.
"He achieved that goal by combining compelling news stories based on aggressive reporting with engaging feature pieces of a kind previously associated with the best magazines." In 1971, Bradlee decided to publish the so-called Pentagon Papers - a secret study of the Vietnam War broken by The New York Times. Bradlee acted against the advice of lawyers and the entreaties of top government officials. A legal battle then began, with the Supreme Court later upholding the right of newspapers to print the leaked papers.
Fijileaks Editor: "Dear Journalism Students at USP and Fiji National University. Russell Hunter and Victor Lal are honoured to have been bombarded with e-mails to speak to you on the art of investigative journalism in Fiji. Since Hunter and Lal are banned from Fiji ('Rama's banishment') following their revelation of Frank Bainimarama's then Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry's secret $2million, we have decided that the best way the two could reach you all (for they don't want you or your lecturers to be taken to the army camp and made to do the 'exercises') is to wait for their story which will be serialized in the Fijileaks and titled HARYANAGATE - In Search of Mahendra Chaudhry's Secret Millions: The Inside Story.
When Facts get lost in transmission
An Opinion By: Mick Beddoes
The two analysis of Nemani Delaibatiki [Fiji Sun Oct 17 & Oct 20] contain far too many untruths that it is necessary for me to state the facts to ensure the people get the truth.
Principal Administrative Officer & Other positions
The Party Leader asked me to take charge of the Opposition office in Parliament soon after the final results were announced on September 23rd. Our team of volunteers were also tasked with liaising with the Secretary General who herself was only appointed to the position 7 days earlier and we were just 8 working days away from the first sitting of Parliament.
Only those involved in setting up new offices will appreciate the amount of effort and time it takes to get 7 offices and Board room ready to be fully operational and staffed in just 8 working days is no easy task and all credit goes to our volunteers and the Secretary General’s office.
We were not able to enter the premises until our members were sworn in, so we technically started on October 6th but were fully operational on the7th.
I am acutely aware that there are dozens of loyal and dedicated supporters of SODELPA who are qualified to take charge of the Parliamentary office and I know there are dozens more who can fill anyone of the 7 positions available.
However, there are only 7 positions so those who miss out will be disappointed, however given the constraints in time and the need to ensure we are ready, decisions needed to be made to ensure the Opposition was in place and ready to go from day one, and we managed to do just that.
I have sought and received the endorsement as the Opposition Leader’s nominee to head the Opposition Office in Parliament from the SODELPA Management Board, National Executive and Parliamentary caucus.
We have submitted out list of staff to the Secretary General for her consideration and we have sought to have our appointments on a temporary basis so that we can continue to provide the support to our members of Parliament, as we set about advertising all of the positions available in accordance with Sec 79 of the constitution. This includes the position of Principal Administrative Officer.
All supporters of SODELPA will have the opportunity to apply and be interviewed by a panel consisting of a member of the Management Board and Parliamentary Caucus and the Leader.
This is what we have done and why we have gone about it as we have.
For the record there is no Secretary or car that comes with the position of Principal Administrative Officer, my views about the Razor Research and Fiji Sun remain the same and the absence of facts in the articles I refer to above just serves to further solidify my position. I have never suggested that SODELPA would win 30 seats, my estimate was always about 20 with other parties making up about 8 seats.
I have always maintained that the only way for SODELPA and her partners to lose would be if the election process was compromised. We now know it was and once we complete our exercise on the extent of the compromise, then this question will be answered.
I never led any media campaign for SODELPA, what I did do was organize some specific DVD interviews with specific candidates and officials on specific issues and distributed throughout Fiji to counter the bias and one sided media coverage of the Sun and others. It was successful from my point of view because some 79,000 people viewed it on our Facebook pages and thousands more watched in on DVD.
It is hilarious that as promoters of Equal Citizenry’ the Fiji Sun should themselves be questioning why I as a non iTaukei should be asked by the Leader of the Opposition to head the office where all Members of Parliament are iTaukei?
The fact that Ro Teimumu actually did that should make it clear to all that as far the Leader of the Opposition is concerned, race has nothing to do with her appointments or recommendations.
Asking Dr Biman Prasad to be Shadow Finance Minister and Chair of the Public Accounts reinforces the point.
Anyone who understands a little about the Westminster system of governance, knows that the Leader of the Opposition is always the Alternative Prime Minister. The listing of Ratu Naiqama’s name against Prime Minister Bainimarama’s name and portfolio is because Ratu Naiqama is Shadow Minister for Lands & iTaukei Affairs.
The supposed inside story about the selection for Alternative Prime Minister as described by Mr Delaibatiki is pure imagination and speculation. All of the Members were asked to consider their personal strengths and select a Ministry that they felt they could best contribute towards. That was it. Ro Teimumu selected Education, Arts and Heritage and Ratu Naiqama selected Lands and iTaukei Affairs.
There was never a question about who the Alternative Prime Minister was.
The decision by the SODELPA members of Parliament to contribute towards paying the office volunteers some money was something that they did without any urging from me or anyone else. It was a great gesture by the Hon Members and when I heard about it I thanked them on behalf of the workers. There is no Beddoes Fund, just the wild imagination of the analyst.
As of the date of this response, none of us in the SODELPA opposition Office are receiving any pay.
It is probably difficult for Mr Delaibatiki and his masters to understand given that they have all been hoodwinked into believing the ‘my way or the Highway’ method of management for the past 8 years that in a democracy there are different views and everyone is entitled to express their views .
SODELPA as a political organization is no different, we all speak our minds and we sometimes disagree on things and decisions made, but everyone is entitled to their opinion and they are heard and they express their views freely.
More importantly, none of our members fear being picked up in the middle of the night, taken away and beaten up for speaking against something. That’s what a democracy is all about, that’s how SODELPA operates and disagreements are not in themselves a bad thing, it’s a healthy thing to have as it helps to stimulate the mind. Fiji Sun should try it sometime.
I extend to Mr Delaibatiki and others to visit the Opposition Chambers, ask us for the facts and we will gladly provide this. All we ask is that you print it.
A day late and a dollar short: The Auditor-General's reports were hidden from the voters so FijiFirst Party could go to the polls as 'squeaky clean'
The Question Remains: Why they hid their salaries for eight long years? And how much was Aunty Nur Bano Ali's company paid by the regime?
Auditor General confirms sighting Cabinet Ministers’ salaries for 2013
The Auditor General Tevita Bolanavanua has confirmed that his office has sighted the details of the cabinet ministers’ salaries in 2013, however, they could not sight the contract details of the ministers.
It is revealed in the 2013 Auditor General’s Report that the contract documents detailing the terms and conditions for the salaries of cabinet ministers were not made available for audit.
The report said that the Chief Accountant Treasury is responsible for the safekeeping and proper maintenance of all accounting records or documents.
The Auditor General said that from their review, it has been revealed that the Ministry of Finance paid a total of $1.86 million as cabinet ministers’ salaries in 2013.
The audit stated that discussions revealed that the salaries are processed based on the amounts provided by Alizpacific Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors.
The payment details of the ministers starts with the Prime Minister getting $278,750 in 2013 while other ministers getting between $130,000 to $185,000.
The audit said in addition, on the 20th of February this year, the Prime Minister received a gratuity payment of $57,500 for the year ended 2013.
The audit was verbally advised that the contract documents are with the Office of the Prime Minister.
The Auditor General said that they made a formal request on the 14th of January 2014 to the Office of the Prime Minister for the verification of the contract documents, however, they were not furnished with the contracts.
It said the Ministry of Finance also made the request with the Office of the Prime Minister but was not provided with the documents.
The viewing of the documents is to confirm that the correct payment of salaries was made to the ministers based on their terms and conditions stated in their contracts.
The management of the Finance Ministry said in the 2013 audit that similar to the Office of the Auditor General, they have also requested for this information from the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Finance Ministry management said they have also suggested to the PM’s Office to allow the auditors to view these documents. Source: Fijivillage News.
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No Light Shone on Assets, Incomes and Properties (if any) of wife and children in Bainimarama's declaration under party funding decree - many ask WHY they are in the Dark!
THE declaration of assets and liabilities of the leader of the FijiFirst Party Voreqe Bainimarama, showed that Bainimarama:
(1) had a total income of $278,750.
From that money, $230,000 is what he received as annual salary for being Prime Minister, $20,000 for entertainment allowance and other allowances $28,750.
The declaration also showed that Bainimarama had:
(2) three banks accounts in BSP; he had $51,207 in one account, $101,968 in his cheque account and $104,815 in a term deposit account.
He also had $26,042 in a Mataivalu Savings account and $14,443 with the Unit Trust.
His total liabilities were $301,772.88 and total net assets $51,704.60.
He has also declared a Hyundai Tuscon vehicle valued at $30,000 and a property in Nadi valued at $25,000.
1. Bainimarama had not declared what the loan of $246,380 was for from BSP Bank, when it was drawn, given the fact that there was no corresponding liability against that declared loan?
2. Then what was the declaration for the loan of $55392 remaining balance, given the fact that he showed substantial bank balance of $353,000 across 3 separate accounts?
3. How did his asset tally up with his income salary and was the bank balance included for the back pay he received? If not then he should show his bank statements with evidence of it being paid back.
4. Where is his FNPF statement printouts for past 8 years as he had not declared his FNPF funds as his assets as super funds?
"Any directorships or other office in a corporation or other organisation whether in Fiji or abroad held by each of them':
According to the PRPD, Bainimarama should have declared that his son was living with them on 70 Muanikau Rd, Suva, the old residence of the deposed Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki which the Bainimarama family 'couped' up; Meli Bainimarama Junior gives his address as
"...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
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