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!
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