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Group stands ground

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MEMBERS of the Jittu Land Trust are concerned for the welfare of six families that reside on a piece of land earmarked for the development of Lagilagi Project Phase 2.

Group president Vilikesa Koroi said the group was worried for the safety of the six families who still occupied the land they claiedm to be rightfully theirs.

Mr Koroi said the concerns came about after they learnt through the media that the People's Community Network (PCN), which is the project developer, told families they had until next week to relocate or face eviction.

However, PCN director Semiti Qalowasa said families living in the area should know they were obstructing a development which was tailored to suit them and would benefit them.

Mr Qalowasa said the court order the residents were demanding would be provided in due course but because of earthwork in the area, water and electricity disconnections would be carried out. Mr Koroi said all they wanted was for the PCN to produce a court order to state that families needed to relocate to allow development work in the area.

"That piece of land is rightfully ours, we have all the documents here with us," he said

"But these people are here forcing us to give up something that belongs to us.

"They (PCN) wrote a letter to the Water Authority to disconnect the water meters of the families so we went to PM's Office to seek help and by 5pm on the same day water meters were reconnected."

Mr Koroi said the group from the PCN threatened to involve police and the military to remove them from the piece of land which was at the centre of controversy between PCN and the Jittu Land Trust committee.

"All we want is for them to get us a court order and we will move from there because that is our land, we had paid for it," he said.

"We struggled to earn money to buy that land."

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