In 2010 I enlarged, in 16 instalments, the backgrounds of individuals, coupists, companies, chiefs, thieves, politicians, and provincial councils who stole thousands and millions from the National Bank of Fiji and disappeared into the sunset. The principal culprit who disappeared with them was Sitiveni Rabuka. He disappeared after losing the 1999 general election and became chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs. We challenge the new SODELPA leader and military cheerleader Rabuka to inform us who, and which military officers, were behind the RFMF Officers 'Mess' debt to the collapsed NBF? This week Rabuka advised the party’s Members of Parliament to never tire of telling the truth - TRUTH! Many NBF debtors were his co-conspirators and supporters from the two racially motivated 1987 coups - now he wants Fiji to trust him!
THE NATIONAL BANK OF FIJI, FIJI SUN'S NEW POSTER BOY RABUKA AND HIS PRAISE OF RFMF: Well, Rabuka might want to tell Fiji who ran this RFMF Officers Mess ($635,207) Debt leading to collapse of the bank
Psalms 37:21: “The wicked borrow and do not repay.”
"Rabuka had appointed Visanti Makrava in December 1987, at the point of a gun. Makrava entered the NBF headquarters in Suva with a group of soldiers saying he had been appointed by the Brigadier, as Rabuka was then. At the time Makrava was manager of the NBF's Samabula branch where the army did its banking...The other link Rabuka had with the bank was through his friend and former army commander, Paul Manueli, who had become NBF chairman in January 1988. He was to stay in that position until June 1992 when he left to become Rabuka's Minister of Finance...Makrava certainly did Rabuka no favours when he was reported to have said, "If I open my mouth, half the Government goes, including the leader."
Police investigations took almost three years to complete. The Fiji Police Force was under-trained and under resourced, and fraud laws antiquated. The investigations were compounded because DPP’s Office, which was destroyed in the 1987 coup, was staffed with under-qualified and inexperienced lawyers. The National Bank prosecutions, led by the then Director of Public Prosecutions, later Justice Nazhat Shameem, were a test of the ability of Fiji’s criminal justice system to try the rich and the powerful
During the last general election Frank Bainimarama had warned voters against politicians and hangers-on responsible for the infamous
Fijileaks: "Do us all a favour and QUIT". This charlatan does not have the right CV to lead SODELPA and FIJI. He is not FIT to even run a BINGO HALL if the collapse and the theft of millions from the National Bank of Fiji under his watch is any lesson to us all. There is no personal ill-will — but revulsion against his desire and selection to break out of the wilderness, and aspire to lead Fiji - he is wholly unfit from his past CV, forged on deceit and follies, and new ones in his bottom drawer that we are yet to discover. Even when he was being dragged out of his power bed in 1999 he kept blaming Indo-Fijians for his political death. We must halt the march to political power of this dangerous charlatan who has shafted so many people, especially the Indo-Fijians. The RFMF must not swallow his latest qitawa bait to them.
1/7/2016 10:56:19 pm
People talk about Rabuka bringing in the 1997 Constitution that they favour to justify Rabuka's qualities as a leader but they fail to see the whole picture of the damage he caused to Fiji by his selfish 1987 coup and adding fuel to fire the bankruptcy of the National Bank of Fiji which happened under his tenure resulting in $250 million loss Rabuka himself sat at the apex of a CBM looting machine where his Cakaudrove cronies drew millions and millions of dollars worth of loans from the National Bank that still remains unpaid today, Rabuka and his Government refused to agree to public demands for a Commission of Inquiry into the Bank's collapse obviously to protect himself and his cronies. He would not be a millionaire today if Proceeds of Crime law existed back then that would have required the investigation of his purchase of more than a thousand acres of freehold land know as Valavala Estate in Caksudrove. People in Fiji are so blind and gullible
2/7/2016 01:04:49 am
Vinaka Pita for highlighting this NBF saga and the CBM looting...it is a disgrace to the ordinary people of CBM to see all these messes in our political governance's in the last 30 years and is still going on now even by the present regime...my question is how long will the people of Fiji learn to respect the rule of law and work hard to earn a decent living...
FACTS IN HISTORY
1/7/2016 11:03:46 pm
The 2006 clean up campaign was just a farce to grab power and avoid consequences from 2000 involvements.So the target were only those who mattered,like Qarase there had to be reasons to oust him.-and Bai started with corruptions campaign..
1/7/2016 11:35:38 pm
The Nbf debacle destroyed many lives in Fiji , and this crime ( financial ) went largely unpunished . This was a national shame . Here are a couple of names that were involved in the corruption , unscrupulous lending practices , lending to non existent entities , leading to themselves ( without recourse ) and I can go on and on and on , you get the drift .
2/7/2016 01:18:52 am
Vinaka Victor Lal for highlighting the looting of the NBF by the elite indigenous fijians and some indo-fijians....can this list be forwarded to FICA and request the current government to reopen this case or set up a commission inquiry to find out all these unpaid debts and who was responsible for....in this way we can allow the people of Fiji to see for themselves who are the real culprits in our political system for the last 30 years....in this way people will have a good idea on whom to vote in the next election.....its amazing to see some names appearing in this NBF saga as debtors who comes from supposedly well off families and why they need more money....they're certainly NOT GOOD investors and does not know the value of money to enhance the development of their land to bring economic prosperity.....indigenous fijians should learn how to work hard & toil their land and not to let it be a "DEAD CAPITALS"..and most importantly respect the rule of law and LOVE ALL PEOPLE regardless of their ethnic groups in order to make Fiji move forward.....Must thank VIctor Lal for bring these messes up so that we can all learn from them and become a better citizens for a stronger Fiji for everyone in the future...we all make mistakes in this life and if we do not learn from them then we should retire peacefully to let others who can do a better job than us to lead this beautiful islands of Viti....
2/7/2016 05:25:28 am
With all humility and deep respect Paiula to you as a son of Cakaudrove and its genuine hardworking people one comes close to shedding tears when one transects the province, recognising its potential but realising its shortcomings being "na leqa ni veiliutaki, and Rabuka and the current Tui Cakau should share in the blame. The Navatu Primary and Secondary School situated at the bottom of Natewa Bay was in a dilapidated state until Ausaid stepped in last year and upgraded it to make it habitablle. Yet the sons of Navatu like Rabuka, Anasa Vocea of SDL etc strut about the national stage pontificating on national and global themes. Dina there is an old saying " me tekivu saraga e jerusalemi" what is needed is humility, respect, working together, and resilience. Instead of looking outwards and be caught by the politics of envy of others look inward first, recognise your own falliability and working with others work to a strategy. There is no substitute for hard work. If I can put a finger on one thing I would say a lack of integrity and greed is the biggest downfall
3/7/2016 10:46:37 am
Isa ka dina taucoko Pita!...it really shed tears when we think about other prospective leaders from the other 13 provinces especially those from the west of Fiji who can do a much better job as leaders of the main Fijian political party...I realistically think that most of our political leaders from Cakaudrove have past their "viability usage" and should give way to other leaders from the other 13 provinces of Fiji for the sake of unity and moving the Fijian people forward together especially those that have Fiji in their hearts....of course you rightly said that the lack of integrity, professionalism and greed are the biggest downfall to some of our current leaders especially to those that hailed from my beautiful province of Cakaudrove....I hate to say this but this is the reality and should be discussed in an open forum like this for the betterment of all Fijians especially us the indigenous kai viti....Isa o Viti!...My only wish is that the current leader of SODELPA is really a change man now and not just by words of mouth only for the sake of at least winning the election in 2018, if there is no other alternative party for us the ordinary Fijians who work so hard to earn a decent living and assist our relatives in the rural areas....ISA O VITI!!! AU NA DAUNANUMI IKO TU GA ENA NOQU MASU VUNI ENA VEISIGA KECE SARA (I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER MY BEAUTIFUL FIJI ISLES IN MY PRAYERS EVERYDAY).....
3/7/2016 11:10:52 am
Vinaka Pita. I have sometimes crossed you on some of your posts but this time I agree with you 150%.
2/7/2016 06:12:11 am
Rambo there hiding in oval hat, come on FICAC catch him.
3/7/2016 07:18:12 am
2/7/2016 06:16:04 am
"Now there are things you may not say!". From the highest to the lowest this enjoinder resounds still: 'The Culture of Silence'. 'Omerta' - the oath of the Italian Mafia but also an insidious and perilous threat. At the burial of the former Tui Cakau in Taveuni in 1992 a reported seventy dead turtles lay piled by the roadside while most of the mourners sat dressed in funereal black in the mud in ceaselessly pouring rain. For hours and hours the direful sound of conch shells sounded. Professor Stephen Hawking the eminent British physicist has warned in an address presented on the also volcanic island of Tenerife in Canarias, Spain that humankind is unlikely to exist beyond 1,000 years on Planet Earth: it has become too fragile to long sustain our earthbound existence. Our avarice and our greed has damaged far more than our immediate environment, it has corrupted our very souls with arrogance and lust. The evidence like the shells of seventy tormented and surplus turtles surrounds us: are we blind? Or merely indifferent?
2/7/2016 09:58:01 am
Rambo is no different from Frankie due to the fact that he started the coup dynasty and has done more than enough damage that ruined the country's image. He should have stayed in retirement, as many can't forget the days of his terror in 1987.
2/7/2016 07:46:58 pm
In colonial time the colonialist took what they could out of the colonised country but more for the colonial state, than for themselves.
2/7/2016 10:43:20 pm
Well said Chiku and friends. Indeed, we cry for our nation when we see the potential and compare it to what we have become.
3/7/2016 02:04:40 am
The main significant difference is that BAI and Kai control everything you name of from media, Police,Military,FICAC,jUDICIARY,and all CEO's and Directors AND nUMBERS IN parliament with of course biased JIKUU to keep them hanging in control from his illegal involvements from 2000 and shifting blame on Speight
3/7/2016 11:28:25 am
Today we learn with great sorrow of the death of Elie Wiesel who has been described by President Obama as one of the great moral voices of our time. He lost his father, his mother and his younger sister in Buchenwald Nazi Concentration camp. The horror is described in his Nobel Peace Prize winning novel 'Night'. He was 16 when his father pitifully pleading for his help died in the bunk above him. He was too afraid to answer. He has told us this: "To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time. He has campaigned ceaselessly against violence, repression and racism. "Whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering, take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented".
3/7/2016 12:09:03 pm
Elie Wiesel who died yesterday is recalled also in this verse from the Hebrew Scriptures Leviticus chapter 19:
4/7/2016 12:54:01 am
Thank you Victor for your continuous crusade to reveal the true identity of these thugs trying to masquerade as leaders and politicians.
4/7/2016 08:09:36 am
Noting makes sense of Fijians(of all ethnicities). Are the majority DUMB, DEAF and BLIND as to not notice what the hell is happening in Fiji?
4/7/2016 09:36:45 am
Oh Sam you are overreacting all is good here. Just use the good old yard stick and the answer is there. See for yourself turnout of people in showcase, in sports and listen to your local radio talkback on the level of complaints from general public
4/7/2016 06:49:38 pm
Thank you, Victor, for highlighting the late Elie Wiesel's story and his ultimate decision to tell his own heartbreaking tale which other survivors have indicated is beyond words for them so terrible was their humiliation, physical deprivation and deep psychological pain up to the present day. No one - no matter their perceived standing in any nation or society - has the right to obscure or to obfuscate their role in historical acts of humiliation and imposed suffering for thousands of innocent human beings. No one person may assume immunity for himself or herself with impunity. Those days are long gone. Elie Wiesel's account "NIGHT" translated into French from the original Yiddish should be universally available to all students of history and contemporary affairs. Fiji especially must ensure that it is widely read and carefully considered for its overwhelming compassion and painstaking depiction of the suffering and humiliation which may be enforced upon millions through the systematic and planned will to eradicate and exterminate human beings based on purely racist grounds. A Nitschean Nightmare made manifest in 1939 - 45 in Europe and in Fiji from 1987 - present day. For despite protestations to the contrary, the shadows still contain those whose spots have never really been camaflouged. They lurk just beneath the surface of things, 'eminences grises' full of pregnant malice. Would it were not so!
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