To Francis Kean: Will you Swear on Bible in front of FRU’s Special General Meeting delegates that you never discussed with Immigration director Vuniwaqa the subject of former FRU national academies manager Franck Boivert?
Did you ask/coerce Vuniwaqa to issue letter to FRU saying
WITH confusion, complicity and cowardice written all over the recent sponsorship dealings of the Fiji Rugby Union, attention now turns to the FRU’s Special General Meeting held today (Saturday) at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi. Provincial Unions will be desperate to know how much of the $40m deal is available for them– encouraged by Francis ‘Killer’ Kean, chairman of the Suva Rugby Union.
Kean – leading a coalition of eastern unions that met Friday at the naval base to strategize before today’s SGM - has already stated last year’s $22,000 per major provincial union subsidy for the Digicel Cup covers barely a fortnight of team costs. Kean has said Suva wants a minimum of $280,000 for this year’s provincial competition, equivalent of $2.8m across all 10 unions. Such greed would leave less than $800,000 from the $3.6m cash provided by Frank Bainimarama’s favourite mobile company.
Of real interest at the SGM will be whether the western provincial unions realise that all of this money-lust is a deliberate attempt by Kean to divert attention and cover up his role in the sacking of Frenchman Franck Boivert who has deep coaching links with two teams that have humiliated ‘Killer’ Kean this past rugby season.
Immigration Department sources with knowledge of Boivert’s file have shared with Fiji Leaks the sequence of events:
(a) Boivert’s sacking from the FRU and the humiliating way his case was discussed by the FRU in a press release was deliberately engineered by Kean to happen just before the prestigious tussle between Army and the Boivert-mentored Police in the Sukuna Bowl. The Sukuna Bowl took place on December 6.
(b) Boivert is terminated by the FRU’s acting CEO Dr Berlin Kafoa on December 4 following receipt of hand delivered letter from the Immigration Department
(c) On December 5 Boivert is asked, reluctantly, by Police – the team he was helping coach for the Sukuna Bowl – to step down after team officials received a warning phone call from the Immigration Department
December 6 – Sukuna Bowl at the ANZ Stadium. Police win anyway 25-24 with a last-minute penalty Under Boivert, Police – very much against the odds won the Sukuna Bowl 17- 15 in 2012, the first time in three years.
But most importantly Boivert’s Police team humiliated Kean in the final of the 2013 Escott Shield, Suva Rugby Union’s club competition. The finals were an especially prestigious moment for the brutally thuggish Kean. Consider this: the 100th anniversary of the Escott competition … the centenary was slavishly promoted by the regime’s favourite beer and he was surrounded by a throng of worshipping Marist clique all nicely drunk …. Kean was loving the attention as chairman of the Suva Rugby Union and a former Navy commander … and his Navy team were favourites to win, having won the previous two shields … all should have been perfect …
Until that is Navy were beaten by Police 20-12 who hadn’t won the Escott Shield in 15 years until Boivert stepped up to coach them. Of greater significance to the conduct of the FRU’s Special General Meeting, this is the first time that Kean has faced his fellow provincial unions from the western division since they too became aware of his role in the termination of Boivert.
And that’s because the second team that Boivert has close coaching ties with is Nadroga, and it was Nadroga who beat Kean’s Suva in the final of the Digicel Cup 21-12 on August 30 (Nadro also finished the season with the Farebrother as well, just to add further humilitation).
How Nadroga, and their kinsfolk from the other western regions like Navosa, Nadi and Lautoka will treat ‘Killer’ Kean – and whether any of them have the guts to ask Kean to take a public oath as suggested by Fiji Leaks – might just be the most interesting thing to watch out for Saturday.
Will Nadroga tackle Kean: How Nadroga, and their kinsfolk from the other western regions like Navosa, Nadi and Lautoka will treat ‘Killer’ Kean – and whether any of them have the guts to ask Kean to take a public oath as suggested by Fiji Leaks – might just be the most interesting thing to watch out for Saturday.