Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has stated that Mr Roth had been deported after it was found he’d been acting in a manner prejudicial to good governance and had been intefering in internal affairs.
The reality was that Mr Roth disagreed with the plans of the Government to charge an “Enviromental Charge” on all water extracted from the Fiji Water plant at Yaqara.
His crime was to lobby against this proposal as he would have been expected to in his hometown USA. He arranged meetings with oposition water companies to update them on the proposals and rallied support from the local mataqali who own the rights to the water. As recipiants of substantial aid from Fiji Water they put their support behind the company and approached the Government to stop the proposed levy.
The Government has reverted to its normal method of dealing with any opposition by intimidation and deportation.
Fiji Water will not make any statement about the issue until My Roths family is out of the country and this itself says a lot about the level of intimidation under this regieme.