While treasonous Bainimarama and Khaiyum have been STEALING over $1million in salary via Aunty Nur Bano Ali (and now Nazhat Shameem milking Fijian taxpayers by representing the illegal regime in Geneva), the student's mother, with the little that she earned from selling cakes, jams and other pastries, sometimes earning $80 a week, managed to see all her five children through high school. She said she was relying on Tamanirarama, her eldest, to look after her when he graduates next year.
"Tamani told me two Sundays ago that his scholarship was terminated. When he told me I was quiet, all I could do was cry. I didn't know what else to do. I have always encouraged my children to take part in activities such as debates and so on but I didn't think that being part of a political activity would result in this."
Sereima Kidia, the mother of Tamanirarama Jone, a second-year student of the University of the South Pacific, asked for forgiveness from those who withdrew the scholarship.
Mrs Kidia, mother of five children including two sets of twins, said she had been the sole breadwinner in the family since Tamanirarama was eight years old.
With the little that she earned from selling cakes, jams and other pastries, sometimes earning $80 a week, she managed to see all her five children through high school.
She said she was relying on Tamanirarama, her eldest, to look after her when he graduates next year.
"Tamani told me two Sundays ago that his scholarship was terminated. When he told me I was quiet, all I could do was cry," she said.
"I didn't know what else to do. I have always encouraged my children to take part in activities such as debates and so on but I didn't think that being part of a political activity would result in this."
Tamanirarama was cited for his voluntary work with aspiring politician Roshika Deo.
Mrs Kidia said she still had hope that her son would complete his degree.
"All I ask from the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs is to please forgive Tamani. Give him a second chance so he can prove to them through his results that he deserves this scholarship."
REGIME'S Rottweiler Fiji SUN keeps scholarship saga away from readers but we shouldn't be surprised, given one of the editor's own sordid past:
June 4, 2014
PM: We will not only fly our flag here in Geneva but also that of our Pacific island brothers and sisters
By Maika Bolatiki
Fiji is now the only Pacific small island developing state with a direct presence in Geneva. This message was relayed yesterday by the Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama, to invited guests at the opening of the Fiji Mission for the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and the Fiji Embassy in Switzerland. “With our presence here, we will clearly be in a better position to have our own views heard and contribute directly in these various forums – to add to the global debate as a thriving and increasingly influential Pacific Small island State,” Mr Bainimarama said. “We will not only fly our flag here in Geneva but also that of our Pacific island brothers and sisters.” He said Fiji was not just a visitor but a resident with a special articulate voice to contribute in the form of its new Representative and Ambassador, Nazhat Shameem, a former High Court judge and one of Fiji’s most distinguished citizens. “I wish her every success as she embarks on her new mission.”
As a matter of interest he said Ms Shameem was Fiji’s first substantive female head of mission. “This mission will also be our first mission where the top three positions will be filled by women.” In addition to forging stronger relationships with the UN agencies, the Prime Minister said Fiji planned to forge a new and strong relationship with Switzerland. He said Fiji was also looking to expand its trading relationship with Switzerland in particular and Europe in general and canvas those opportunities in the months and years ahead. He thanked the Swiss government for its generous assistance in helping Fiji to set up this mission. “We have been struck not only by the renowned Swiss efficiency in the way that assistance has been delivered but with the warmth that has been showed to our delegation.” On Fiji’s relationship with the UN he said it was growing stronger by the year. Fiji’s main avenue of service is its proud contribution over more than three decades to United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world. The Prime Minister also assured the invited guests that Fiji’s first ever genuinely democratic election in its nation’s history will be held on September 17. For the first time, he adds this election would be conducted on the universal democratic principle of equal votes of equal value instead of the skewered system employed in the past. Also present representing the Swiss government was the Deputy Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs as well as Acting Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Michael Moller.