It begins with Bainimarama himself perhaps confirming an omen for the week, where he picks himself up from one end of
These however are the poor folks who have been moved out by the junta posers:
- Taito Tabaleka, CEO of Telecom
– sent on leave by the Board: reasons still largely unclear Fiji
- Charles Sweeney, Chair Commerce Commission – now replaced by Dr Mahendra Reddy
- Rt Isoa Tikoca –
Ambassador to PNG: contract terminated for “breach of duty” Fiji
- Niko Buke, PWD Divisional Engineer Central – sent on leave: reasons still largely unclear
Those who were moving about this week as part of the poser clique:
- Surendra Sharma, “un-resigning” from his role as CEO for the Sugar Grower’s Council.
- A new Water Authority Board which features (unsurprising) appointments such as Mrs Filipe Bole as board member and NZ’er John Prasad as board Chair.
The late chairman of the Electoral Commission, MK Sahu Khan moved from this world to the next, and was laid to rest early this week. Mr Sahu Khan was a supporter of delayed elections and is/was uncle to the Shameem sisters.
What won’t be moving UP thankfully are salary hikes penciled against Bainimarama’s inner circle militia who were assessed somehow as having outstanding performance. Pseudo gallantly, they pull the “officer and gentleman” routine, forego their salary increases and allow civil servants to get their’s.
The only problem is that it’s much ado about nothing. Bainimarama’s inner circle were handed exceedingly hiked salaries upon taking many roles that they knew nothing about within Government (that’s why, for example, Mr Leweni has upgraded himself from a Toyota Corolla to a Toyota Prado/Landcruiser with personalized number plates NATSET to boot – hey presto!). The civil servants however were lumped with pay-cuts through no fault of their own and are just getting what is owed – albeit staggered.
Civil servants are still owed much more.