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Paying goodwill 'illegal'

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, June 07, 2014

THE payment of goodwill to landowners is illegal.

This was reiterated by divisional operations officer West Luke Moroivalu during a meeting with landowners in Viseisei, Vuda, yesterday.

He said any form of payment that went to landowners which did not follow the right process was considered illegal.

"I am pleading with everyone not to accept any kind of goodwill money," he said.

"If it does not come in through the right channels, please don't accept it."

He said if such matters were taken to court, those that used the money would be considered an accessory.

"The law will see differently," he said.

"Even if you say that you did not know that it was goodwill money."

The iTaukei Lands Trust Board outlawed goodwill payments in 2012.

According to TLTB, payment of goodwill was not a statutory requirement under the iTaukei Land Trust Act (Cap. 134).

The board says the TLTB Act Cap 134 does not permit the levying of goodwill for the obtainment of the consent of the members of a landowning unit.