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Family in despair

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, February 01, 2014

WHEN his home was declared the worst termite-infested house in Lautoka four years ago, Rajesh Prasad said indescribable feelings of loss and fears about his family's wellbeing almost drove him crazy.

"I didn't know what to do, where to go and what would happen to my family," he said.

But then a surprise visit by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in June, 2010, resulted in his family being given temporary shelter at quarters designated for government workers in Lautoka.

The kind gesture, he said, later became the cause of pain and heartache after he was served numerous eviction notices over the past three years.

"We could not go back to our home because it has not been completed.

"During the reconstruction work, our roof got damaged and there are plenty of leaks every time it rains.

"I am also concerned because most of our belongings that were put into a storage shed while our home was being rebuilt have gone missing."

Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said as far as the termite taskforce team was concerned, Mr Prasad's home was completed some time ago.

He said Mr Prasad did not move back into his home and as a result it was vandalised and fell into disrepair.

"Government can't be accountable for his house anymore and he needs to go in and do some work of his own," he said.

"The problem is that he does not have a lease, now we have arranged with TLTB to give him a lease, he has to come forward.

"Government quarters are specifically for civil servants who work in Lautoka.

"When we served him the notice to vacate, it wasn't with the intent to put him out of the house but rather to pressure him to go back home."

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