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Businessmen Clash Over Payments, Baronnet Confirms Waimicia Venture Will Continue

The $2 million venture in Waimicia, Ra, will continue, confirms Pacific Energy Limited chief executive officer Xavier Baronnet. Mr Baronnet is currently in the country and to queries made about
16 Mar 2021 10:10
Businessmen Clash Over Payments, Baronnet Confirms Waimicia Venture Will Continue
From left: Pacific Energy chief executive officer Xavier Baronnet, Under One Roof managing director Shane Singh, Pacific Energy personnel Avinesh Sharma, Nemani Kobiti and Rakiraki businessman George Shiu Raj.

The $2 million venture in Waimicia, Ra, will continue, confirms Pacific Energy Limited chief executive officer Xavier Baronnet.

Mr Baronnet is currently in the country and to queries made about a demand notice given by the venture contractor Under One Roof to Rakiraki businessman George Shiu Raj to pay alleged dues.

The notice said the amount owed is $60476.77.

Mr Shiu Raj is developing the service station complex on the Kings Road.

Mr Baronnet said the project would still go on as the concerns raised were only between the contractor and Mr Shiu Raj.

According to the notice it states that three invoices have not been paid.

The first of these invoices are from another project said to be at Lot 100 Sekoula Road, Laucala Beach.

The total was $80,406.77 with $45,000 paid on March 5.

The remaining $35406.77 is yet to be paid. The project has been completed.

The two remaining invoices owed are $7085 and $17,985 for the consultation and excavation fees for the Waimicia Service Station Project.

 

What Shiu Raj Is Saying:
The Rakiraki businessman and accountant by profession, Mr Shiu Raj claims he has paid all and only owes $6500.

“I have all the receipts and have paid except for $6500 which I am holding until the contractor pays the architect.”

“This project is now delayed because of this as he refuses to work.”

“I have hired a foreman who will start with the project soon and complete this venture.”

“Many people are relying on this and I cannot walk away from this.”

When asked to show proof of his receipts he said he was yet to compile them.

 

Contractor Under One Roof Says:
managing director Shane Singh said he has only received $45, 000 of all three pending invoices and has only been able to pay some of his subcontractors.

“Not only is this an inconvenience to my company but also to the sub-contractors who rely on this payment to stay afloat,” he said.

“Every time I call, I get a different answer or an empty promise or no response. This is not how you do business, in Fiji or anywhere.”

Mr Singh did not hesitate to share his invoices as he said he had nothing to hide. It’s all there and I have had enough of being mucked around. I hope to get justice for my company, subcontractors and individuals who have come to me claiming they are victims to Mr Shiu Raj’s doings.”

Mr Singh said he was waiting to get an appointment from the leader of SODELPA and the Prime Minister to discuss this.

“I hope to get both leaders to hear my side of the story and the circumstances I am going through.”

In his notice Mr Singh also stated: I have been lenient enough to allow time to arrange all my payments as requested because the work is now overdue.

“Please kindly make arrangements to clear your dues as soon as possible. Failure to do so, I will compile all my invoices and documents to pursue legal action against you with all legal costs associated to be borne to you.”

 

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