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Land lease abuse

Avinesh Gopal
Saturday, February 16, 2013

THE alleged abuse of a land lease contract by a holder in Nadi will be given to FICAC for investigation.

It will be the first case that the Ministry of Lands will present to FICAC.

Lands permanent secretary Tevita Boseiwaqa said in a government statement the matter was reported during the ministry's recent consultations tour of the Western Division.

"This is one of the main issues that we came across," he said.

"There was a lease holder in Nadi who acquired lease, however, the accused sold the land to other people and now we have homes built there."

Mr Boseiwaqa said it was a breach of contract because the lease holder allegedly sold the land and now receives monthly installments.

"We are taking him to court on the advice of the Solicitor General's Office."

He said the ministry would move in to subdivide the land for the tenants and provide them with titles.

Mr Boseiwaqa said other cases were reported during the tour, adding that visits to government lease holders would become a permanent feature of the ministry.

"This is also to provide its services to the people and find out where the ministry is lacking and where it could improve," he said.