GAY and Human Rights Advocate ASHWIN RAJ:
Fijileaks founding Editor-in-Chief VICTOR LAL had condemned gay bashing as far back as 2005 but it seems not much has changed in Fiji; Victor Lal had also asked Methodist Church why it had forgiven Sitiveni Rabuka's adultery but continued to condemn homosexuality in Fiji
"In 1994, at a meeting of SVT caucus [Sitiveni] Rabuka admitted the adultery accusation, saying his wife and talatala (pastor) had both forgiven him. In 1999, Rabuka was once again dragged into another sex scandal. The Daily Post (Fiji) ran a story, on the holy Good Friday, about the 'Kama Sutra' episode. "I'M NOT 'KAMA SUTRA', SAYS RABUKA ON SEX". He denied the allegations...It was reported in some detail, in the Fijian language press, that a senior Cabinet member had been caught having a sexual dalliance with a young, married golfer in the changing rooms at the Fiji Golf Club in Suva...But what has adultery got to do with homosexuality? Although there is no direct connection between the two, it does expose the hypocrisy and the double standard the Methodist Church practices about morality. There is no denying that both adultery and homosexuality are frowned by a vast majority of Christians and those of other faiths. A fanatical segment of Hindus were equally quick to condemn FLP leader Mahendra Pal Chaudhry when allegations of adultery, 'The Tea Lady' scandal' surfaced when he was Prime Minister, despite his vehement protestations of any wrongdoing. Now, the assistant general secretary of the Methodist Church, says homosexuality was an immoral way of life. Worst, the Methodist Church claimed that homosexuals were responsible for the poverty in the country. And, yet, in the same breath, it went on to declare that those church ministers who broke their vows before God and the congregation by indulging in extra-martial affairs would be forgiven...The religious leaders from all faiths should concentrate on the shameful rise in rape, incest, and child molestation..." VICTOR LAL, 6 September 2005, Fiji's Daily Post
In 2000, Rabuka's official biographer John Sharpham expanded on the sex scandal in the authorized biography Rabuka of Fiji: The Authorised Biography of Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka. In 1994 when his co-coup conspirator, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (now with FFP) learned that he had not been included in Rabuka's Cabinet, he went with a letter to Rabuka, presented it to him, and called him to resign as Prime Minister and leader of SVT. Kubuabola claimed he had support of the party Caucus. In the letter, to the shock and horror of the Caucus, Kubuabola claimed that Rabuka had committed adultery while Prime Minister, allegedly having had a sexual encounter with a woman journalist at Tavueni in October 1993, during the Provincial Council meeting there. Rabuka told the Caucus that he had confessed to his wife, and to his pastor. After much soul-searching, the party told not to do it again, and it agreed to stand by him. The matter did not end there. When Fiji Times journalist Margaret Wise filed a paternity test suit against Rabuka, he denied that he fathered the journalist's child. According to the Fiji Times (2002) Rabuka had denied fathering a boy born to Ms Wise. "A DNA test revealed Mr Rabuka was 99.999 percent [certain] to be the likely father of the 18-month-old boy," the paper said. The paper said a complaint had been lodged after Rabuka had "failed to honour an out-of-court settlement" drafted in April 2001. Ms Wise was reportedly claiming $350 a month in maintenance from Sitiveni Rabuka. The rest is history.