Vaniqi blames everybody else

With the sugar industry facing the threat of a mill strike Bainimarama’s CO Sugar battalion, Lt Col Vaniqi, has denied all responsibility for the problems facing the industry. He’s saying all the problems, ie “expiring land leases, politicisation, mills that had not been repaired or kept up to par with technological advancements”, were inherited from previous governments. He takes no responsibility. Over the past 7 years leases have continued to expire and the mill refit that wrecked the mills was carried out by Bainimarama’s FSC team, nobody else. But worst of all is the loss of confidence of farmers in the industry. Thousands have dropped out, the area planted has dropped by 12,000 ha and farmers don’t want to put their money into replanting or fertiliser (so yields have plummeted) because they have no confidence in the leadership of their industry under Bainimarama and Vaniqi.

Fiji Times August 15, 2013 Strike action

4 Responses to “Vaniqi blames everybody else”

  1. vaniqi sonalevu Says:

    Manasa, its after 7 years! you fking idiot. what have you guys been doing? wasn’t long enough for you guys to have solved the problem as a military dictatorship. caititamamu.

  2. Navosavakadua Says:

    Bainimarama may be hoping the strike kills the industry so he can get out of pouring money into it. He doesn’t need the industry beyond next year’s election, so he might be happy to see the industry fold if he could blame someone else.

    Bainimarama is probably thinking of all the other uses he could have for the money he’s borrowing to keep the sugar industry on life -support. Think of all the village electrification projects he could fund to buy the iTaukei vote.

    With the industry closed down in the short term he could sell FSC off to one of his Chinese mates who could strip all the assets, close the worst performing mills (Rarawai) buy up the land of bankrupt farmers and bring in Chinese machines (with Chinese drivers, of course) to run the industry Chinese style.

  3. Comndr Propaganda Says:

    Bainimarama is not funding the taukei electrification projects. he takes away the solar panels and replaces them with generators which the villagers have to fuel and pay for running costs at unaffordable prices and in fact the government makes money out of these poor villagers…just ask the people in Koro island…their electricity fuel bills and costs are more (twice in some cases) than what we pay in the urban areas but they get electricity for only a few hours (3) a day. some traders in generators and fuel and transport are making huge profits from these poor villagers…they don’t get electricity for free. and they led the villagers and the rest of the population believe that they are helping the villagers for the first time. what a lie and a disgrace.

  4. anonymous Says:

    I get that that regime may a different political view about the problems in our sugar industry, and the possible “ways forward” out of those. But it defies reason to say they “inherited the problems”. The regime did not inherit the troubled sugar industry – it illegally commandeered the industry AND all the attendant problems (and Fiji and ALL her problems) to themselves, via treason!!

    They presumably risked this because they thought they had a better solution. Or more credibility with the farmers and landowners. Fast-forward 7 years, and where is their “better solution?” Nowhere to be seen from what I can see.

    Meanwhile, who is paying the price for this lack of progress? The sugar industry workers, for one. This is typical of the regime’s management style, they make the bad choices, but then hide the consequences. Or more usually, shift these on to others to “take the fall”.

    That’s what happened at Air Pacific. The regime’s coup damaged tourism numbers. But Air Pacific staff, Air Fiji, and internal Fiji airfares paid the price respectively via layoffs, wage cuts, bankruptcy and steep price hikes.

    A similar thing happened to the FNPF. The 2006 coup severely damaged the prospects of the Natadola resort, and other FNPF hotel and real estate investments. But who paid the price? FNPF fund-holders via a reduction in their pension rates.

    Way to stand up and take the consequences of your actions like real men, ladies!

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