WE ASK YOU, SITI, TO TELL US:
* Who were the real masterminds behind the 1987 coups?
* Were you involved in the 2000 failed Speight coup that overthrew the Chaudhry government, as claimed by the late President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara? Deposed Prime Minister Chaudhry, after being released, said he had been told of your complicity by the leader of the CRW unit in parliament, Ilisoni Ligairi. In talks with Chaudhry, Ligairi had claimed he was very angry with you because you had ditched them at the last minute.
* Will you and your debtors pay back millions for bankrupting the National Bank of Fiji under the bogus affirmative action policy for native Fijians?
* Why are you and your co-conspirators hiding behind the 1990 Immunity (continued in 1997 and 2013 Constitutions)?
* Will Indo-Fijians again be subjected to rapes, beatings, reduced to second class citizenship, and even expelled from Fiji if you and your ultra ethno-nationalists come to power in 2018?
* And if the Indo-Fijians stay, will you force Hindus and Muslims to convert to Christianity because they are PAGANS in Fiji?
* The last time you contested the election was in 1999, which you lost to the Peoples Coalition government, led by Mahendra Chaudhry. On the eve of the polling, the Fiji Labour Party laid bare your [the Rabuka government's] track record of scandals:
(1) NBF - which will cost the taxpayers around $500million;
(2) CDF - $69million;
(3) Cupit Farm - $7million;
(4) PAFCO - $5million;
(5) Public Trustees - $3million;
(6) Rabi Trust Fund - $8.25million
The FLP told the VOTERS: "SVT will not fulfil promise"
The country has been brought to the bring of destruction by the Rabuka Government, says Fiji Labour Party president Jokapeci Koroi. "While the Prime Minister and his merry men and women have been enjoying themselves the poor people became poorer and they did not bother," Ms Koroi said while addressing supporters at the last Fiji Labour Party rally in Suva yesterday.
"The Rabuka government has not bothered to look after you, the ordinary people. You may again ask why - like many of my Fijian brothers and sisters who probably voted for the SVT in the 1992 and the 1994 elections - has the Rabuka government not delivered the goods that it promised you in 1992 and 1994."
Koroi told the voters that since 1992 when Rabuka first took over our public debt has gone from $700million to $1.5billion as it stands today - that is an increase of around $700million in the last seven years. Our public debt in the last seven years, Ms Koroi said has increased an average of $100million each year.
"Can you believe that? Well I certainly can as these are from official government statistics," she said. Last year, the debt service fee paid by the taxpayers was $118million. This works out at $323,000 a day or $13,500 an hour, 224 a minute or $3.74 a second.
"For every breath we take we are paying $3.74 - thanks to the Rabuka government's abysmal management of our public finances."
"Our social indicators show that almost:
* 40 percent of our people live below the poverty line;
* 25 per cent of our youths are unemployed and;
* crime has increased by 130 per cent in the last five years."
Ms Koroi said that with the SVT Government's track record, they would not fulfil what they had promised. She said that People's Coalition was ready to form a Government for the people. Ms Koroi said the People's Coalition now had the support from all races and they were confident they would have the number to form a new Government after the general election. Fijileaks: As history records, People's Coalition did oust Rabuka from power in 1999 but a year later was overthrown by the George Speight putsch. The Chaudhry government was held hostage for 56 days, prompting Ratu Mara to accuse Rabuka of having a hand in the putsch.
On Thursday 27 July 2017, the SODELPA Youth are presenting this Coup Daddy and political loser, who was banished into political wilderness in 1999, in the Wesley City Hall Mission Hall in Suva, and the theme is
"Deposed Prime Minister Chaudhry, after being released, said he had been told of Rabuka's complicity by the leader of the CRW unit in parliament, Ilisoni Ligairi. In talks with Chaudhry, Ligairi had claimed he was very angry with Rabuka because he had ditched them at the last minute."
21 August 2000
As an uneasy calm settles in Fiji after the storm of the past couple of months, the search is underway for the real mastermind behind George Speight's failed May 19 coup.
Poseci Bune, minister for agriculture in the deposed government of Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, set the rumour mill turning with his disclosure that Speight had revealed, minutes after taking the government hostage, that he was not the real leader of the coup.
Speight told the hostages as he tied them up that they would be surprised to learn the identity of the coup leader, claimed Bune.
"So we had to wait about 40 minutes as he was making calls ... and telling us that we will be surprised that he is not the real leader, as the real leader will arrive for us to see him".
Finally, Speight realised the man would not surface and he would have to brave it out. "I think he is going to be late. Well, I have to take it on from here," he told his captives.
Rumours are rife in the Pacific nation that the coup mastermind remains at large while the 17 people closely identified with Speight during the coup now face treason and conspiracy to treason charges on the island prison of Nukulau, just east of the capital.
Two-time coup leader and former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka has not been above suspicion.
Seven of the special forces men who stormed into parliament that day and held members of the government hostage for 56 days were from the counter revolutionary warfare unit (CRW).
Just a few weeks earlier, they were training on Rabuka's estate on Vanua Levu. The former prime minister has denied giving them permission to do so.
On May 14, the anniversary of his 1987 coup and four days before Speight's coup, Rabuka officiated at a church service with the CRW men where he reportedly told them they would be called on to protect indigenous rights.
Bune said they were told by CRW officers that Rabuka had indicated they would be called on to do something from which some of them might not return.
As in 1987, the elite team was not told beforehand of the exact nature of their May 19 assignment.
"A few of them jumped off the van when they realised where they were going," said army spokesperson Major Howard Politini later.
Rabuka, himself, has always vehemently denied any involvement with Speight's coup.
However, deposed Prime Minister Chaudhry, after being released, said he had been told of Rabuka's complicity by the leader of the CRW unit in parliament, Ilisoni Ligairi.
In talks with Chaudhry, Ligairi had claimed he was very angry with Rabuka because he had ditched them at the last minute.
Within an hour or so of the coup, Rabuka had turned up at parliament, ostensibly as the mediator in negotiations between the hostage-takers and President Sir Kamisese Mara.
According to diplomatic sources, Mara at the time expressed his distrust of Rabuka, although he later appointed him as official negotiator. But two days later, the hostage-takers rejected Rabuka in the role saying they no longer trusted him.
Bune believes the failure of the "real leader" to turn up was "a big hiccup" in the coup attempt: "When the army was not in a position to support the coup, the 'man' backed out immediately and left these guys in limbo."
He also revealed the names of the people who turned up to see Speight in parliament on that fateful Friday "to give their moral support because they sympathised with the cause".
Three of those who turned up to attend Speight's first meeting are now ministers in the interim administration: Tuakitau Cokanauto, minister for local government and urban development, Inoke Kubuabola, information minister and formerly opposition leader during the Chaudhry administration, and Apisai Tora, minister for agriculture.
The army intends to hold its own court martial to deal with the conspirators and interim President Josefa Iloilo has promised the appointment of a commission of inquiry into the coup.
But whether these inquiries will reveal the real face of the man behind the May 19 coup, is a moot point.
Nevertheless, some are wondering whether Speight, facing trial for treason, might even reveal in court the identity of the man who failed to turn up at one of the defining moments in the country's history. - Sapa-AFP