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City boss condemns rumour

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

LAUTOKA'S special administrator Praveen Bala has called for an end to rumours that the council planned to cut trees growing outside the municipal market.

He said the council had never made any decision about the sekoula trees.

"It's a rumour and people should stop spreading and creating controversy," he said.

"The council's door is open and anybody can come in to see the council minutes. There is no decision on the sekoula tree. In fact, we don't even have a plan for the proposed market vendor shelter project so there is no truth to what some people are spreading."

Over the past two weeks, a group of men who drink grog under the sekoula tree claimed the LCC was planning to clear the place for a project that would provide shelter for about 400 vendors.

One of the men also raised the issue on social media Facebook, drawing a large number of commentators who have lashed out at the LCC's rumoured decision.

Mr Bala said it was unfortunate that people did not check with the LCC first before hurling accusations.

"The only thing that is definite is the LCC's wish to provide shelter to the vendors to protect them from the sun and rain. Nothing else has been decided so I don't know who or why such rumours were started."