Lands Minister resigns
Ministry of Information
Mar 02 |13:19 pm
Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Mr Netani Sukanaivalu tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday.
Mr Sukanaivalu wants to return to managing his family business.
Commodore Bainimarama accepted Mr Sukanaivalu’s resignation and acknowledged the immense contributions he made toward the country’s development.
The Prime Minister noted that Mr Sukanaivalu heeded Government’s call to serve his country, first as Minister for Education and then as Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, during a challenging phase in our nation’s development.
“Mr Sukanaivalu contributed in a big way to the charter process and identified himself with the Prime Minister’s vision as espoused in the Peoples Charter for Change, Peace and Progress for a “Better Fiji for All,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
“His contributions in developing our education system are invaluable.
“Part of the change that Government has worked hard to achieve is the use of idle land for agricultural and industrial development.
“As Lands and Mineral Resources Minister, Mr Sukanaivalu was influential in the set up of the Land Bank and developments in the mining sector.
“With that Government has succeeded in expanding development initiatives to rural areas.
“The nation is grateful to Mr Sukanaivalu and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Commodore Bainimarama now assumes the responsibilities of the Lands and Mineral Resources Minister.
March 02, 2011
Bainimarama's spiel on Sukanaivalu's exit
Does anybody actually buy this fluff that Sukanaivalu voluntarily resigned to join the family business?
Only a matter of weeks ago Sukanaivalu was all puffed up and waxing lyrical about our minerals being the new economic lifeline. And it was only yesterday when he was proudly handing over to bauxite developers, China's Xinfa Aurum Exploration company their lease documents.
It behooves us to surmise that he was very conveniently cut-loose because he was actually on the cusp of making good on Fiji's mineral wealth discoveries -- some recent examples are gold and magnetite.
Perhaps it was also Sukanaivalu's intent to make all the land agreements "proper" and under some kind of oversight that escalated his departure.
Whatever the reason, Bainimarama has once again made threateningly clear via his propaganda statement that Sukanaivalu was central to the running of the illegal and treasonous regime and that when the time came, he too would be culpable.
And now that Bainimarama takes over Sukanaivalu's portfolio, we now have a situation where dracula is guarding the blood bank.