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Qetaki to meet landowners

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ITAUKEI Land Trust Board general manager Alipate Qetaki will meet with a landowning unit from Sanasana Village, Nadroga, this week to address certain concerns raised by the landowners.

In an email sent to this newspaper, Mr Qetaki said he had invited the members of the tokatoka o Koroiosuna to explain TLTB's position in a claim by the landowners that their land was leased to a third party without their consent.

Speaking to The Fiji Times, tokatoka member Tevita Neimila said the issue arose when they approached TLTB to ask that the land be leased to an overseas investor.

"We were in talks with an overseas investor and he wanted to develop the land," he said.

"We agreed and went to TLTB to ask for the lease and fill out the consent form but we were told that the two pieces of land were already leased to another company."

He said the land in question were on an island near Sanasana Village.

"There are two pieces of land that has been leased without our consent," Mr Neimila alleged.

"One is a five-acre piece and the other is about eight acres.

Another tokatoka member, Kelemedi Tubu, said the landowners were becoming increasingly frustrated.

"We have been asking them to show us the documents that allowed them to give the lease to someone else because as with other leases, we have to always give our consent," he said.