GO, LEARN AT CHAUDHRY'S FEET. As Biman Prasad launches vicious attack on FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry, branding him 'Habitual Liar', it has emerged Rabuka asked Prasad to get Chaudhry's help on BUDGET
SEMI TUKANA, INCITING ETHNIC CLEANSING. 'This is our land, Stand Up for Our People. Over 300,000 crying in silence out of their poverty'. Fijileaks: Sorry, its Chiefs, Thieves, Others and Rabuka who are culprits
* Sitiiveni Rabuka and the Chiefs and i-Taukei Elites stole over $400m from the National Bank of Fiji and disappeared into the sunset.
*This woman deliberately broke the Covid-19 Lautoka lockdown rule. Insidiously, connivingly, and got her taxi driver to dodge the checkpoints by taking a back road to the Nadi airport. Now, she's coming back, boasting that she will be delivering a lecture to Biman Prasad-Ganesh Chand's dubious Pacific Polytech. The poor taxi driver was remanded in custody while she was laughing all the way to Sydney, Australia.
LOCK HER UP IN LAUTOKA IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT
*Croynism has no boundaries in Coalition's new Fiji. What kind of leadership did she display to her students, that you can be forgiven for breaking such a serious Covid-19 LOCKDOWN LAW.
*As soon as she lands in Fiji, she should be thrown in the shabby Immigration cell, to remind her that No One is Above the LAW.
*The University of Fiji had SACKED her after she fled to Australia.
*On what grounds has NFP's Cabinet Minister Pio Tikoduadua lifted this woman's travel ban, Fiji? She is a Covid-19 law fugitive since 2020.
43-year-old Rohit Rewal Krishna from Tuvu, Lautoka appeared in the Lautoka Magistrates court today. Krishna is charged with one count of disobedience of lawful order.
It is alleged that he transported Sushila Chang in his taxi to the Nadi International Airport on Saturday through the Kings Road.
Chang managed to catch a flight to Sydney, Australia. The matter has been adjourned to April 7th.
“I have been invited by Pacific Polytech to give a public lecture on the need of a national testing laboratory for Fiji. Dates have not been finalised.”
What a JOKE, when the Polytech is mired in alleged corruption.
The news was made known to Ms Chang earlier this year through correspondence from Minister for Immigration Pio Tikoduadua.
“I received it when I was in the USA,” she told this newspaper.
“I saw the email when I woke up in the morning after a long trip and jet lag and my first feelings were, I was delighted, relieved, and just wanted my husband and children as they had been very supportive, and concerned.
“So, I facetimed them even though it was late in the night for my husband, and he was very happy.
This also meant a lot for me, as I could visit Fiji, a lovely country that I enjoyed very much and visit my very dear friends who are like family to me,” Ms Chang said.
Now that her travel ban has been lifted, she said she had plans to return to Fiji.
“I have been invited by Pacific Polytech to give a public lecture on the need of a national testing laboratory for Fiji. Dates have not been finalised.”
Ms Chang was terminated from her role as VC as her work permit was cancelled by the Department of Immigration on March 24, 2020, after she left the country.
The Immigration directive also declared her a ‘prohibited immigrant for an indefinite period’. It was alleged then that Ms Chang was aided by two taxidrivers when she breached the Lautoka lockdown restrictions.
In doing so, she travelled to Nadi International Airport, where she boarded and left in a flight to Sydney, Australia. Source: The Fiji Times
The MISSING TRIO CHIEFS. Whatever happened to their 'nominations'? Siromi Turaga, 'Six names nominated to lead the GCC - Ratus' Cakobau, Lalabalavu, Seruvakula, Saukuru, Adi Tabakaucoro, Ro Teimumu KEPA
*Ratu Viliame got 27 votes. Meanwhile, Ratu Meli Saukuru the nominee from the Burebasaga Confederacy was nominated for first Vice Chairperson with 10 votes and the Tovata Confederacy nominee, Ratu Jone Golea Lalabalavu became the second Vice Chair with 8 votes.
BIMAN PRASAD under probe by acting SOE over a slew of alleged false and non-declarations under Political Parties Act 2014. Wife's links, FNFP contributions, Travel Allowances, Company Shares, Global Girmit Centre
Acting Supervisor Fiji Elections,
Fiji Elections Office,
12th February 2024.
Dear Ms Mataiciwa,
Re: Party Leader- Biman Prasad- False and Non Declaration under the Political Parties
I am writing this letter to lodge an official complaint regarding one Biman Prasad who is the Party Leader of the National Federation Party which is currently in the Coalition Government.
I note that Biman Prasad has declared that his income being $188,000 per annum, however he failed to declare the FNFP contribution as it added on top of his salary under the Parliamentary Remuneration Act 2014, excluding his personal contribution as required by law (Attached as exhibit 1- Parliamentary Remuneration Act 2014). I state the following:
1. Under section 24 (1)(A) (B) (i) which stipulate one must declare total assets whether in Fiji or Abroad (including money and other property) in their possession or under their control. Therefore, I argue that FNPF contributions and any funds is considered personal property as one can have access to funds as stipulated in the withdrawal provisions of the fund being FNPF. Therefore, Biman Prasad should have declared his contributions and the amount held by FNPF. I note the case precedent used by Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum whereby in one of his previous declarations he declared his FNFP declarations. Therefore, the same must apply in this case.
2. I note that Biman Prasad failed to declare his travel allowances during his overseas travel and the amounts he received. That evidence is in office and can be verified upon your perusal of his declaration.
3. I noted that Biman Prasad failed to declare that he is the Governor of the Asian Development Bank in Fiji. As that position is not Gazette to him under the Parliamentary Remuneration Act 2014 it is thus separate to his Minister of Finance Post- which must be declared under section 24 (1) (ab) (iv) of the Political Parties Act where a person must declare any directorship or other office in a corporation or other organisation whether in Fiji or Abroad held by each of them. In support I attach exhibit 2- Asian Development Bank Documents stating that Biman Prasad is Governor of the Reserve Bank.
4. I note that Biman Prasad did not declare that his wife one Dr Rajni Chand is the trustee of the Global Girmit Institute and that it facilitated the funds of $200,000 given by the Coalition Government. The Not for Profit Organisation was re-registered in 2023, after it deregistered in February 2022 for failing to supply its financial statements as required under the laws of Fiji. The period of re-registration falls within the required period upon which Biman Prasad is required to declare in his 2023 Financial Declaration (Attached is exhibit 3- Global Institute Deed of Trust and
5. I note that Biman Prasad did not declare his connection to Ganesh Chand and Hirdesh Sharma whom are the registered Trustees of the Global Girmit Institute upon whom received $200,000 of Tax payers funds. This is a breach under section 24
(a) (b) (iii) of the Political Parties Act. I submit that no tender was called in relation to the event organisation.
6. I note that Biman Prasad declared that he owns 50 percent shares in Lotus Construction Pte Limited, however upon obtaining the registration documents and the Article of Association – it was established that Biman Prasad only has a 5 percent share in Louts Construction and not the 50 percent share he claims in his declaration (Attached as exhibit 4- Lotus Construction Pte Limited Registration Documents and the Article of Association).
The document was re-lodged in 2022 with the date of the Article of Association dated and signed in 2014 and upon which the re- registration occurred in 2022.
7. I note that one of the directors of Lotus Construction upon which Biman Prasad has shares in is Sunil Chand (Please refer to exhibit 4). Biman Prasad did not declare the business connection with Sunil Chand who has the same Lotus Construction company in Australia thus being a breach under section 24 (a) (b) (iii) of the Political Parties Act 2014 (Attached is exhibit 5- Louts Construction registration in Australia).
8. Biman Prasad’s spouse Dr Rajni Prasad [Chand] did not declare that she is Chairperson to Femlink Pacific (Please note she has held this position 2009 to date), therefore being a breach under 24 (1a) (d) of the Political Parties Act (Attached is exhibit 6- Femlink Document stipulating that Dr Rajni Prasad is the Chairman of the organisation). Dr Rajni Chand may/may not be receiving a salary from this post nonetheless it was a non-declaration.
9. I note that Biman Prasad and Dr Rajni Chand have not declared under section 24 (1) (a,b (iii) and 24 (1A) (c) of the Political Parties Act 2014 their business transaction to one Dr Ganesh Chand who is the co-trustee of the Global Girmit Institutre as previously mentioned. However, due to the business transaction the fact must be taken into account is that Biman Prasad allocated $1 million to Pacific Polytech whose Advisor is Dr Ganesh Chand. Please note that there was no tender process in line with the Laws of Fiji. Please note that Pacific Polytech has not submitted that their Audit reports as required. The funds was transferred in 2022 to Pacific Polytech.
I therefore submit this complaint for the breaches under the Political Parties Act 2014 upon which I understand that whilst some elements of this complaint cannot be handled by your office.
You must, therefore, refer the matter to FICAC under section 18 of the Political Parties Act.
*Complainant's name withheld by Fijileaks.
Fijileaks: Sunil Chand of Lotus Construction is Biman Prasad's business partner and cousin from Labasa. He resides in Sydney, Australia. We understand they have a motel in Legalega, Nadi. Also, apartments in Grantham Rd, Raiwaqa. Krishil Kumar is Prasad's nephew at HFC.
*We understand Chand and Prasad are planning to venture into new project in Suva soon.
*Since Biman Prasad never responds to our questions, we decided not to obtain comments from him regarding the allegations to the acting SOE.
From Fijileaks Archives
POURING OIL ON FIRE. Fiji Times and NFP lawyer's incendiary TWEET as DEFENCE CLUB was on FIRE. Richard NAIDU, 'Chief suspect: The Fiji Women's Rights Movement'. We were inundated with calls to verify claim
Fijilleaks Founding Editor-in-Chief and former general secretary of the now defunct Journalists' Association of Fiji:
'In the good old golden days of Fiji journalism, we would find ourselves interviewing someone of interest over a pint of Fiji Bitter at the Defence Club in Suva. And if we were looking for Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, we knew where to find him.'
Smouldering Question. After fire at MH Walu Bay warehouse was put out in 2018, FRU's ex- bosses John O'Connor and Daniel Whippy front court. Does the fire finally shed light on rot at the heart of Bainimarama's FRU?
Former FRU chief executive John O’Connor and former FRU deputy chairman Daniel Whippy appeared in front of the Suva Magistrate’s Court on Friday to answer allegations of amending a warehouse fire report for the purpose of gain. The charges relate to O’Connor’s separate role as chairman of the National Fire Authority and Whippy’s day job as a director of W R Carpenters (South Pacific) Pte. Limited.
Neither the Times nor Sun’s reporting indicated whether a plea was taken.
Properties belonging to Carpenters have suffered a number of high-profile fires: Morris Hedstrom’s supermarket in downtown Suva was severely damaged in December 2005; MH in Labasa in May 2009; MH Nadi was destroyed in May 2013; MH in Nabua in October 2015, and then there was the MH warehouse fire in Walu Bay in 2018 which is the subject of the current FICAC charges.
In terms of Fiji rugby, O’Connor was appointed CEO of the FRU in February 2016, leaving his job as CEO of the NFA to take up the equivalent position at Rugby House. He served until abruptly resigning in January last year, six months after three colleagues in Valekau’s finance section were terminated and O’Connor took voluntary leave.
Whippy was elected to the FRU board in 2013, nominated by the Suva Rugby Union, and served right the way through to April last year when all directors were removed after the Government takeover of the FRU that resulted in Fiji’s suspension from World Rugby’s decision-making Council. Whippy would have been one of the board members to confirm O’Connor’s appointment, after the previous CEO Radrodro Tabualevu, son of the legendary rugby coach Inoke, quit in late 2015.
The figure linking O’Connor and Whippy’s Fiji rugby journey was Francis Kean, the brother-in-law of former Fiji prime minister and 2006 coup leader Frank Bainimarama. Kean was chairman of the NFA from 2012 when O’Connor was CEO and it was Kean’s Suva Rugby Union that nominated Whippy in 2013 to the FRU board. When Kean quit the NFA’s chairman role, the chairmanship went to O’Connor.
Fijileaks has constantly raised the spectre of corruption, self-dealing and nepotism within the FRU when Bainimarama served as the body’s president. The FRU’s constitution gave the country’s prime minister the authority to appoint one member of the FRU’s board. Following the Bainimarama government’s takeover of the FRU in 2011 – when he threatened to withhold any government funding of the national team’s RWC campaign unless the elected board resigned – Bainimarama’s nominee was also allowed to be the FRU’s chairman by board members who were too timorous to say otherwise.
That meant, when Kean became chairman of the FRU in 2015, he was doubly-blessed with Bainimarama expectation – as his brother-in-law and also the person who nominated him onto the board in the first place.
When Kean arrived on the FRU board in 2015, Whippy was already a board member. The most pressing issue then was the foul play being committed by FRU naming sponsor Vodafone who had been given a sweetheart deal by the previous FRU chairman [and Bainimarama nominee] Filimoni Waqabaca. As Fijileaks explained it:
Following a boisterous Annual General Meeting in April  in which more than a dozen binding resolutions were passed, all deeply critical of the Vodafone-led consortium, the FRU sent an angry 5-page letter to Vodafone Fiji in June. This followed the failure of the mobile phone company to account for any of the promised $5m promotional support and spend which it was contracted to deliver in 2014, the first year of the agreement. In subsequent correspondence Vodafone flat out refused to itemise any element of expenditure but claimed $5m had definitely been spent.
The Vodafone-led consortium sponsorship was announced in early 2014 by the then-chairman Filimone Waqabaca (who was the PM’s nominee to the Board between 2013-2014). He and Vodafone confirmed a value of $40m over five years. In reality the cash component was only a little over $3m per year, less than what rivals Digicel had offered, and the deal was VAT-inclusive, which knocked a further 20 percent off the cash income. More than $5m per year was contracted to be delivered by the consortium partners in the form of loosely worded promotional and marketing support and product.
The June 12 2015 letter sent in the name of the FRU chief executive officer Radrodro Tabualevu was emailed and hand-delivered to Vodafone CEO Pradeep Lal. In the letter the FRU gave Vodafone a 30-day termination notice on the controversial 5-year $40m sponsorship agreement, alleging that Vodafone was in breach for failing to account for more than $5 million worth of promised marketing support in the first year of the agreement.
The June 12 letter was copied to Frank’s brother-in-law Francis Kean, parachuted onto the Board by his brother-in-law as the Prime Minister’s nominee and once installed was elected as FRU chairman. As well as Kean, the Prime Minister himself was copied (as president of the Fiji Rugby Union), and Ajith Kodagoda as the chairman of ATH, the parent company of Vodafone Fiji Ltd. The last person copied was the FRU’s deputy chairman and director legal, the Maori legal activist Carl Ngaki-Cameron.
As Fijileaks reported, this legal crisis was averted by Vodafone paying for Bainimarama and his wife to attend the 2015 Rugby World Cup as guests of the FNPF-owned telecommunications company. The estimate was with business class airfares and best accommodation Vodafone’s ‘gift’ to the PM would have cost around $60,000. Once the arrangement was in place, the FRU abruptly stopped the pursuit of Vodafone and the sponsorship limped on unstructured for several more years.
Radrodro Tabualevu, who had led the skirmishing with Vodafone, was appalled and resigned before the end of 2015, ushering in the opportunity for O’Connor to be appointed as CEO in replacement.
It was the FRU, under O’Connor and Whippy, that stunned rugby fans by approving the creation of Fiji rugby competitions that championed the family names Bainimarama and Kean – the Bainimarama Shield for the four best-placed teams in second tier of provincial rugby and the Commander Francis Kean Shield for the annual match between the NFA and Correctional Services teams, modelled on the Sukuna Bowl between the Army and Police.
Prior to Bainimarama’s coup in 2006, neither Frank Bainimarama nor Francis Kean had any significant role in rugby so the creation of named trophies for both of them, when there are more illustrious names like Ratu Sir George Cakobau, Pio Bosco Tikoisuva, Ilaitia Tuisese and Waisale Serevi yet to honoured, pointed to the culture of fear and masipolo that characterised Rugby House’s operations.
In terms of The Fiji Sun’s reporting said ‘that between January 1 and September 28, 2018, in Suva, O’Connor, while being employed as the chair of the NFA board, directed his officers to amend the findings on the Fire Investigation Report which occurred on April 8, 2018, at the Morris Hedstrom warehouse located at Walu Bay for the purpose of gain. Whippy, while holding the role of director of W R Carpenters (South Pacific) PTE Limited during the same period, allegedly counselled O’Connor for the commissioning of the same offense
‘Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.’
Ulysses, Alfred Lord Tennyson
SNAKE and LADDER AT SODELPA. Ro Teimumu Kepa quits SODELPA and has thrown in the towel to become PRESIDENT. What next for her? She and her supporters must be scheming for her to become Chair, GCC
*Fijileaks: Has anyone seen the Baledrodroka-Leung 'Report into the GCC'? Why wasn't the 'Report' tabled in Parliament?
*As we have argued for over four decades, the GCC is a colonial construct that was designed to hold down commoner i-Taukeis for the benefit of the British colonial government, and later the Chiefs, Thieves, and Others since 1970.
*For years, she was uncharitably and cruelly referred to as 'The Black Cobra' in the SODELPA party. A chronological diary of SODELPA will reveal how at every stage the party pushed, with her nodding, for her to become the President in 2024.
*As chiefly politics goes, she and other chiefs were only after the restoration of the Great Council of Chiefs, and hence their support for Coupist Sitiveni Rabuka, and for Sodelpa to go into coalition with PAP and NFP.
*We have no doubt that her name will be forwarded for her to become Chair, GCC as the 'kana loto' chiefs meet next week after a long spell drinking 'home brew under a mango tree'.
*She is most likely to face stiff opposition from the Speaker, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, who will oppose her nomination to be Chair, Great Council of Chiefs. Tribal politics, Fiji, TRIBAL POLITICS.
*Ro Kepa is also subject of FICAC investigation into the $3million Fiji Airways 'Fly Now, Pay Later' flight to Israel, and that she was allegedly one of the ten 'freeloaders' on the Pacific Voyager arranged flight to Jerusalem. They still owe Fiji Airways $2.6million in dinau.
From Fijileaks Archive, 21 December 2022
RO KEPA willingly played the game of Snake and Ladder in her pursuit to become PRESIDENT until RABUKA threw in his support for KATONIVERE to continue as President for another term. Now, she changes her hissing.
Those are the words of the Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa.
She says in recent weeks, she has become aware that her name has been circulated as a contender for the position of President when the current President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere’s term ends.
Ro Teimumu says for the record, she is not a contender for the position of President, and if her name has been proposed, then it has been done without her knowledge or consent.
The former SODELPA Leader says she is particularly disappointed that SODELPA General Secretary Viliame Takayawa has made statements regarding this without the courtesy of seeking her view or even discussing the matter with her before issuing any statement.
She says to what she recalls, the position was initially offered by the People’s Alliance Party during the negotiation week at the first Management Board Meeting in December 2022 following the general elections, however, there have been no further discussions since.
Ro Teimumu says the position of President of Fiji is an important position as it symbolises our national unity and character and it should therefore be treated with the respect that such a position deserves.
She says it concerns her as Roko Tui Dreketi, that her name and title is being promoted as a challenger to the current President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, and such unfounded statements could easily create a perception that the current relationship between the Tui Macuata and her or between the two provinces or Vanua o Caumatalevu and Burebasaga is strained, which is not the case.
Ro Teimumu says in fact, she believes the Turaga Bale na Tui Macuata has been doing very well since his appointment and she thought he handled the transfer of power skillfully, following the change of Government in 2022; which ensured that the will of the people and our electoral laws were upheld. Source: Fijivillage News
USPGATE: PAL AHLUWALIA refused to extend the Deputy VC Paunga's contract last Friday. 'He's doing a STALIN purge at USP of those who dare question him'. Paunga is the brother of the Tongan Prime Minister
*Meanwhile, the nomination for a USP Council Chair closed last week and there's a desire to appoint one who can put Ahluwalia in his place. The previous one (now President of Marshall Island) was too weak and was allegedly consistently influenced by Ahluwalia