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Unit demands proof

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, July 04, 2014

A LANDOWNING unit in Nadroga wants proof from the iTaukei Land Trust Board that their land was leased legally to Natadola Bay Resort Limited.

Tokatoka o Koroiosuna of Sanasana Village say they are concerned about two pieces of native land located off the coast of Sanasana Village on Navo Island.

Committee chairman Kelemedi Tubu said the lots were allegedly leased to NBRL without majority consent from landowners.

Following a meeting with TLTB general manager Alipate Qetaki in Nadi on June 27, Mr Tubu said they were given documents related to a different lease.

"We want to see papers showing we had given consent for Lots 105 and 106 but instead they gave us a lease for Lot 108," he said.

"We did not ask for 108, we asked for 105 and 106 which are on Navo Island."

He said the clan was getting increasingly frustrated with the way they had been treated.

"We have been trying for more than four years to get them to give us the documents that have our signatures giving them the consent to lease that piece of land."

Mr Tubu said Lot 108 belonged to a clan that no longer existed.

"It belonged to the mataqali o Leweinanubu but there are no more members of that clan left and they are telling us that the signatures for that land were for the consent of Lots 105 and 106."

Mr Qetaki said he would investigate the issue which had been ongoing before his tenure began in 2010.

"I am aware of the position of the landowners," Mr Qetaki said.

"As I informed them on Friday (last week), according to records available, TLTB has dereserved Lots 108 and 105 based on the information and consents available to management at the time the dereservation was made.

"However, because of the landowners denial, TLTB will be verifying the consent given and I will be writing formally to them on the matter.

"Another meeting will be convened to discuss the consent issue."

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