Why would the Fijian government and a compliant RFMF want to send one of Frank Bainimarama‘s most loyal supporters in the military to Australia to be deputy head of a brigade in the Australian Defence Force? Qori.
And so it begins… the first of a string of new charges that are said to be in the pipeline to nail the former Prime Minister to the floor, along with his sidekick, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
There’s only one problem. The guy who is prosecuting the former ruling duumvirate – the Acting DPP, John Rabuku – has been unlawfully appointed in violation of the 2013 Constitution and arguably isn’t legally entitled to do so. And he has been clearly biased against Frank Bainimarama in multiple social media comments he made before the election that brought the Coalition to power 14 months ago.
What will Bainimarama and Khaiyum’s hotshot defence lawyer, Devanesh Sharma, eventually be able to make of all this when his clients appear before the courts?
And even with Colonel Ben Naliva supposedly out of the way in Australia, what about Frank Bainimarama’s other loyalists in the RFMF? Are they going to meekly stand by while an Acting DPP who has been unlawfully appointed goes for their former Commander?
The more we keep hearing that things are stable in the RFMF and the nation, the more the Fijian people are entitled to wonder if that is indeed the case.
Time will tell, as the old saying goes. But with Frank Bainimarama, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and former FijiFirst minister Dr Neil Sharma before the courts on fresh charges and with more against “Bai-Kai” reportedly to come, things suddenly don’t seem quite so stable after all.