#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Chaudhry plans sabotage

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Chaudhry plans sabotage

Reports are surfacing of a plan to sabotage the 2009 cane harvesting and crushing season, which starts on May 19.

Sources say the Fiji Labour Party and National Farmers Union leader, Mahendra Chaudhry is behind the conspiracy.

Coupfourpointfive sources say Chaudhry has been visiting cane farmers and telling them to oppose the road user levy imposed by the interim Government.

Under the road user levy every commercial truck or lorry will have to pay $75 per tonne of cargo. This means that if cane lorries cart 10 tonnes of cane then lorry owners will have to pay $750 as levy per year during the crushing season.

This cost will be passed on to the farmers.

Sources say Chaudhry is telling farmers to sign their Memorandum of Gang Agreement (MOGA) but not to hand it over to FSC.

MOGA is the authorization by farmers for their cane to be harvested.

Meanwhile, in Labasa notices have been put up in the town asking farmers and members of the public to attend a meeting to discuss the issue of road levy.

Under the Public Emergency Regulations, political meetings and anti-government statements are prohibited.

Mahendra Chaudhry has not been detained or questioned despite calling Frank Bainimarama a dictator in The Australian on April 27, as reported by this blogsite.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mahendra Chaudhry is a filthy and shameless person who has time and time again broken the backs of farmers for is own political fortunes. Now when he is no longer part of the interim government, he is shedding crocodile tears before farmers. Only recently the media highlighted how Chaudhry's directive to defraud farmers of about $2 per tonne of cane from the 3rd payment was obeyed by his puppets in Fiji Sugar Corporation and Growers Council. Under Chaudhry's coup of sugar industry, the farmers have been suffering very badly. How can one forget Chaudhry kicking away European Union commitments to hold elections by March 2009?He had siad EU commitments were not cast in stone and that if they did not want to give $350 million to farmers, hie would look for money from elsewhere. All this has been widely reported by the media and in Fiji Times opinions of one Kamal Iyer who had called him Pied Piper of Fiji who was now caught with his pants down (pick of the postings - Fiji Democracy blog and Fiji Times). Iyer's words have become so true - Chaudhry really has been caught with his pants down and is now begging farmers to save him. He is too late the hero. He should be hung up to dry instead of farmers drying up their precous little cane crop to save the skin of a leader who has been aptly labeled as a traitor to the Indian community and to our beloved Fiji.