SNAKES AND LADDERS: While Frank Bainimarama went on to become PRIME MINISTER, Brigadier-General PITA DRITI, the SOLDIER who saved HIS life by gallantly taking head on the CRW mutineers, was sent to PRISON for telling the TRUTH about Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum's CORRUPTION IN FIJI. Talking about Sitiveni Rabuka being a SNAKE. It was DRITI and his loyal troops who rescued Bainimarama and let him loose to snake through the cassava patch to safety on 2 November 2000.
PITA DRITI'S reward: PRISON. Bainimarama: PRIME MINISTER
From Fijileaks Archive, 2013
We publish below excerpts of the exclusive interview Frank Bainimarama gave on his 55th birthday to Graham Davis for SkyNews Australia.
The video was uploaded by SkyNews Australia on 2 May 2009
Davis: You were nearly killed? How close a shave was it?
Bainimarama: Very close. We were here having lunch when the rebel soldiers came across – and three of my bodyguards then closed in and helped my escape – they held the fort here while I moved away from here
You wanted to kill Captain Shane Stevens? Is that true that you wanted to shoot him yourself personally?
No, that’s not true that I wanted to shoot him personally– In fact, I was in hospital when he was brought in. I went to visit some of my soldiers that got shot that day. And I stopped the guys from going in to bring him out I saved the life of one of the guys that eventually got killed…He was brought down to the naval base.
When you say you saved his life? When you say you saved the life of the man….You stopped them from killing him?
Initially. I didn’t stop them from killing him. I stopped them from bashing him up.
But they killed him later?
Sometime later on
They were beaten to death, won’t they?
They were beaten to death. It was spur of the moment. And I can understand the emotions that went through the troops on that day. In fact, I can say that they were very lucky that they all lived
Did you want them dead?
I didn’t want them dead but I wanted them punished – You must understand it was a mutiny. These guys came in to kill us – I don’t think a lot of people understand that? These guys came in to kill us. So people really don’t expect us to kiss them on their cheeks.