Government settles dispute with bottled water companies

Top of the morning bloggers. Hope this post finds you in the best of health and ready for another day in the land of paradise. Well, this is what must be going through the minds of the workers of the water bottle companies, when they found out after stopping work yesterday, they are now relived to hear the ‘omnipotent’ illegal junta has caved in despite Chodo’s resistance and agreed to scrap the 40 cents tax per litre. The illegal junta has also agreed to pay compensation for loss of income! Chodo was quoted yesterday as saying it was unfair for the water bottle companies to take the illegal junta and FRICA to court to contest their imposing the 40 cents tax per liter, when everyone knows it was his directive! Yet, this is the same bastard who continuously runs to court and threaten legal action each time he feels slighted. Must be sobering to find himself on the other foot? It must also have been highly embarrassing for Chodo after having dug his heels in, had to give way because of the reality of the situation and likelihood of the success of the court action, which would have swayed the remainder of the illegal junta to vote against him in support of lifting the taxes. This coming right in the heels of the illegal ‘back pay!’ Must be humbling huh? Only in Fiji, one day in paradise, the next in hell!

Thursday, July 24, 2008


The bottled water companies had siezed operations after cabinets apporval on taxes. Taken from / By: Google

The standoff between the government and bottled water companies came to an end last night.

The bottled water industry had seized operations after cabinet approved 20 cents per liter excise and 20 cents per liter export tax from the first of this month. A statement last night said various bottled water companies reached an amicable solution with the government and all shipments of water within Fiji and to export markets have immediately commenced.

The water companies include Fiji Water, VTY, Island Chill, Aqua Pacific, Aqua Safe and VITIBLU. The statement signed by Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on behalf of the government and the president of the Fiji Bottled Water Institute Warwick Pleass says the government has repealed the taxes and discussions between the bottled water companies and the government will commence.

It says the discussions are to find the appropriate compensation to be paid to the government by the bottled water companies. The compensation will be based on inter alia, global bench marks and financial circumstances surrounding the operations of bottled water companies.

Yesterday Fiji’s biggest bottled water exporter Natural Waters of Viti Limited – Fiji Water ceased operations sending more then 420 workers home. However, work is expected to commence as normal today. The statement says the bottlers and the government look forward to working together to reach a mutually agreeable solution.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation                                                                                                                


25 Responses to “Government settles dispute with bottled water companies”

  1. Keep The Faith Says:

    Is it true what I’m hearing early this am on the grapevine that Ma’chaud has been sacked by the Military?

  2. newsfiji Says:

    Keep the Faith – heard the same thing too early this am…apparently a letter was delivered to him at 11pm last night!

    Eratou na tini veikani tale – eda na qai mai sara meke yani o keda!

    Your news is very fast..

  3. hopefiji Says:

    if the it true , that we may now start to see the first signs of dismentalling of the IG. However, too smart to be dismissed like that without safeguards…his motto will be if I go down than all off them will …so it will be interesting to see how Baini will buy his silence , if the allegations are true that he was paid by Chodo to execute the coup….well time will tell.

  4. newsfiji Says:

    hey bloggers, i’ve just noticed that rawfiji news has also just posted the “sacking of Chodo” on it’s website…talk about inside info..

    RFN says that it was the military council that gave Voceke the ultimatum, sack choro or else!

    Qori, drau sota kei barasi!

  5. hopefiji Says:

    yeah ..I just heard as well that media waiting confirmation,…a press conference to be called soon…..maleka. I am not surprised lewesnski and military council have been on to baini for a while now re Chodo,…next will be Aiyass and all the #@@#@@. a matter f time folks……noose tighteneining around their necks!!!

  6. LUVfiji Says:

    That would be the best news ever to rollout from this regime, if it were true! Wow.. lets go crazy!

  7. Groggymaster Says:

    Chodo has mis-managed the economy and as earned the award for Fiji’s worst treasurer. The BS position paper he placed before the block heads in cabinet over the water fisco was contrived, and the consequences have only dawned on baini-vuaka.
    Sacking Chodo – well that would be interesting – after Chodo, Bainivuaka will have no strategy – economic, administrative, political and financial or anything. Whilst bainvuaka may have demonstrated he has a pea brain, the rest of his cabinets brains adds up to a little less. They have all been manipulated by Chodo.
    Its time to surrender and prepare for jail. Without Chodo there is no IG!!!!

  8. Peace Pipe Says:

    Is our prayers and vigilance being answered. I look forward to the day as thing start to unfold and unravel. Is freedom coming at last. We’ll wait and see.

  9. Wailei Says:

    Hey, Just got reported from Raw Fiji That Chodod has been Sacked. Can someone verify?????????

    Interesting indeed!

  10. Tomasi Says:

    If only the bottled water companies had given Chodo Sahib and Baini Sissy Marama Mama SHARES…..shares, baby. Shares is what they want, a STAKE, a SAY, a HOLDING.

  11. Peace Pipe Says:

    RFN said the military coucil gave the ultimatum to sack Chodo. But I thought Frank is part of the council in fact head of it. Its all very baffling. If Frank tells Frank to sack Chodo Frank then goes and sacks Chodo. Is Frank using the council as an excuse to sack Chodo without taking the responsibility himself. I would really like to know the truth because if chodo goes so does the rudder in this dilapidated ig govt vessel.

  12. NobleBannerBlue Says:

    Dont know how those idiots can blame Chodo when they approved the Cabinet paper too – just goes to show the level of knowledge and expertise in the current cabinet.

  13. Dauvavana Says:

    I wonder what Gaaandooodau would say when chodo is sacked?

  14. Groggymaster Says:

    @Dauvavana – Bhudau is hurrying to Chodo for one last sympathy suck!!!! then on to Bainivuaka the f#%king sycophant.

  15. LUVfiji Says:

    The snake of all snakes shall slither no more!

    @aubatinuku-N : Naita, does this call for an immediate repatriation? Sa lutu ‘qo edua na duruvesi ni matanitu nei vore.

    oh boy.. this calls for a grand celebration.

    Its crumbling dear folks! Oh how I still luv that saying.. One Day Mafatu!

  16. kaiveicoco Says:

    I hear that Budhau has been crying and sobbing away ever since this news that his mentor has been removed.Come on Budhau cheer up you cans till travel to Haryana to ask for more help.

  17. Lau Lass Says:

    Let’s party ragone !!!! this is the best news ever !!!! more to come!!!!

  18. Mark Manning Says:

    I doubt it’s chodo who has been sacked , he’s the money man after all and you shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds you . I reckon it’s more likely to be some other poor sucker who will be made the scapegoat for the I.G.’s incompetence .
    Let’s just wait and see . This is obviously the beginning of the end . As I said some time ago , they shouldn’t f–k with the Americans and other western countries .

  19. Navosavakadua Says:

    I have said is all along and I think this back down now proves it. The Illegal Government has no capacity to impose taxes without Parliament. The sacking of the Qarase Government is one issue, and the courts under the collaborationist illegal bench are working with government to delay this indefinitely, but the powers given to any
    government are set out in the constitution.

    Under the constitution taxes are imposed by Parliament. The action taken by Fiji Water did not need to await the Qarase judgment for a court to act. Parliament imposes taxes (and laws for that matter). It would be impossible to stretch the doctrine of necessity to the imposition of this tax, particularly when the tax itself was imposed after a court ruled against FICRA on transfer pricing claims. Given the urgency (a ship is about to be loaded) the court would be obliged to hear the case, as it was with the transfer pricing hold-up.

    It is no accident that Eye Arse championed Fiji Water. Even a baby lawyer like him could see what a court would decide if the issues were presented. The Hotel Industry should treat the turnover tax increase in just the same way.

  20. Tim Says:

    Frank might be head of the Military Council, but you shouldn’t give him any credit as to his strength. The man is a coward. His strongest point is thumping his fists and throwing tantrums. His strength lays only in those that choose to prop him up – if the paranoia as to his safety is not a big enough indication. Personally he’s as weak as gnats piss. He relies on people he thinks he’s bought or who see themselves as doing their duty to protect him.
    He’s a bullshit artist extraordinaire

  21. Tim Says:

    Worms turn

  22. Budhau Says:

    Where is the party, yaar…the victory party, Chaudary is gone, finally.

    ..and Tim, you dickhead…you know shit about Fiji or Bainimarama, or should I say that you are a “bullshit artist extraordinaire”.

  23. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Wooo Budhau you NERVOUS Son of a gun!!

    Your days are numbered!!

  24. Mae na mae Says:

    Out with the old and in with the new!!

  25. Jose Says:

    @ Bloggers
    What’s in the rumour that the chodopussy is the president in waiting.

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