Wharf Heist, PM Talks Priorities, Ro Teimumu, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, Drought Fears,
(WEDNESDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 2010 No:1412/FP) POLICE UPDATE ON MONEY THEFT . The Fiji Police have confirmed that the recent theft of money form a cargo container did not occur in Fiji. After preliminary investigations it can be confirm the theft was committed offshore. Fiji Police are working closely with overseas authorities and liaisons in this investigation. Further details cannot be revealed at this stage as it may hinder the investigation as it has now become multi-jurisdictional. Investigation is ongoing.
BAINIMARAMA TALKS ON EDUCATION, CHIEFS AND CHURCH. In the open session that followed the Naitasiri imatanigasau, the PM urged the chiefs to see that their people send their children to school, and warned parents would be "taken to task and even charged in a court" if they did not.
He also urged chiefs and church leaders to get their priorities right and focus on things that will develop and bring progress to the community. He said he did not want to speak ill of the church but church leaders and chiefs should get water and electricity in their villages and upgrade their schools before devoting resources to building churches or spending money on church activities.
CHARGE DROPPED AGAINST RO TEIMUMU.The charges of conspiracy to cause disorder in law and order against the paramount chief of Rewa province, the Marama Bale the Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, have been withdrawn with no reason given by the Director of Prosecutions Office.The charges relate to her statement last year that the Burebasaga confederacy and the province of Rewa would welcome Methodist church members to their annual conference to be held in Rewa. Government had earlier banned the conference. Ro Teimumu was originally charged with the offences noted above. The one remaining charge, now withdrawn, was one count of conspiracy to disobey an unlawful command. Charges against Methodist church ministers who gathered unlawfully to plan for the Methodist church conference remain.
RATU INOKE... Meanwhile, it is announced that Australian Queen's Counsellor Peter Maiden will arrive on Sunday to represent Naitasiri Paramount Chief, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata when his November 2000 mutiny re-trial proper begins on Monday.
DROUGHT EMERGENCY.The National Disaster Management Council is meeting today to discuss whether it should advise the PM to declare national state of emergency due to ongoing drought conditions. With no rain forecast, it is thought a solid month of heavy rain is needed to relieve the conditions that are seriously affecting homes and farms in the West and North. So far the drought has lasted four months and it expected to continue for another two to three months.