Fiji Time: 2:11 PM on Wednesday 31 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Land issues cause of disputes among iTaukei

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, May 30, 2014

LAND trustees and the issue of equal distribution of lease money was one of the reasons behind the rise in conflicts between iTaukei, says divisional police commander West Salacieli Naivilawasa.

Addressing members of the Ba Provincial Council in Viseisei, Vuda, DPC Naivilawasa said trustees had been the subject of most land lease disputes in the Ba province.

"Something that we are concerned about regarding the province of Ba which has caused a lot of disputes and crimes are the trustees," he said.

"These people by law have the right to oversee the distribution of money to landowners and to manage the funds of a landowning unit.

"This is an area where a lot of disputes occur."

He said a lot of finger pointing and arguments had resulted in the mismanagement of these funds by trustees.

"From these arguments there are a lot of assault cases and people get injured and forget their family links."

Mr Naivilawasa said the police force was also concerned about the appointment of trustees.

"There is no background check for some of those who have been chosen as trustees and the result of that is funds are not managed properly and there are cases of misuse of funds by these people.

"These people use the lease money without the knowledge of the landowners."

The divisional police commander also reiterated the common problem of land and qoliqoli disputes.

"This is another cause of disputes, arguments and even assault which we come across.

"There are people like yavusa or mataqali heads who give away land or fishing rights to those who offer money without the knowledge of the rest of the clan members.

"The consent was not given by all members and they are the ones who come to us to lodge a complaint."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64230.6233
JPY 51.143748.1437
GBP 0.37350.3655
EUR 0.43970.4277
NZD 0.68600.6530
AUD 0.65580.6308
USD 0.49220.4752

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 31st August 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Gregan joins Kunatani in Navosa
  2. New face on the runway
  3. Fijian 7s friends
  4. Rawaca finally receives his Olympic Games medal
  5. Vessels put to rest in the deep
  6. Chief's vision fulfilled
  7. $500m for project
  8. No reports filed over alleged website hacking
  9. Trade dispute
  10. New court for school

Top Stories this Week

  1. Mata signs new deal Sunday (28 Aug)
  2. Wong helps Rawaca get a gold medal Friday (26 Aug)
  3. 1 charged, 2 under probe for break-in Thursday (25 Aug)
  4. Veremalua gets help from Ryan on overseas contract Saturday (27 Aug)
  5. Ryan's plan to return to Fiji Tuesday (30 Aug)
  6. Kolinisau surprises fans with Macuata dialect Friday (26 Aug)
  7. Violence stops TISI Sangam annual meeting Sunday (28 Aug)
  8. Ryan may return Friday (26 Aug)
  9. 'No place like Fiji' Tuesday (30 Aug)
  10. Ryan's big day Tuesday (30 Aug)