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If the buck stops at the top then who is caught out

May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013 | Filed under: Fiji News | Posted by: 

Sugar Cane Farmers By MAIKA BOLATIKI

An employee of the Ministry of Sugar has been caught spreading false information to discredit the good work made by the Government in the sugar industry.

This was confirmed to Fiji Sun yesterday by the Permanent Secretary for Sugar, Lieutenant-Colonel Manasa Vaniqi.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vaniqi said:

“The sad thing is the worker was telling people that all the good work done in the Ministry of Sugar was that of the Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry.

“This is serious, especially when the employee knows of all the positive developments the Government has done for the Fiji Sugar Corporation.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Vaniqi confirmed the Ministry does not like to be engaged in politics, as past politicians had politicised the sugar industry simply for their personal benefit.

He is looking into the matter, but he could not say what action the Ministry would take.


Last week, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama handed pension cheques to 380 people over the age of 70 under the Rarawai/Penang Cane Producers Association.

The suspect was quick to claim that this was not a Government initiative.

In presenting the cheques the Prime Minister said: “This money comes from a fund set up under the Fairtrade initiative.

“This initiative was allowed and supported by my Government and in conjunction with the Fiji Sugar Corporation and Tate and Lyle. Today we see one of the results of this collaboration.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Vaniqi said the National Farmers Union, an arm of the Fiji Labour Party, had been against the Fairtrade initiative.

“But now that the farmers were benefiting, it had tried to claim that this was their initiative,” he said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vaniqi said some workers in the Ministry were supporters of the political party.

He has urged them to be apolitical when carrying out their works.

“The sugar industry is now apolitical and there is no room for politicians.”

Source – Fiji Sun; Posted on SWM by Rusi Varani

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