May 1, 2014
What we love about the Bainimarama propaganda machine is the way it always reveals Frank the Fearful’s nightmares. So when the propaganda machine cranks out a report about landowners receiving rent, we know landowners are asking him about land. Accoridng to the propaganda, the rent paid to landowners is all down to “the Committee on Better Utilization of Land initiated by Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama”. The report doesn’t say that the subsidy is temporary or that the Land Bank gives Bainimarama the right, so long as he’s PM, to do whatever he wants about land. Unlike the NLTA, it doesn’t tell him he’s got to act in the best interests of the landowners. It says he should act in the interests of the economy. Up till now, to keep the sugar industry working the regime has been kicking in money to top rents up to reasonably fair levels. But once he’s confirmed as PM by winning an election, watch out landowners, the subsidy comes to an end. Bainimarama has eyes on your land, just as he has eyes on every other asset in the country. And the Land Bank gives him an iron grip over tenants rights as well.
Fiji Village: 30/04/2014 Land owners earn over $33.27 million since 2008