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Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, August 16, 2014

MORE than a month has passed and a landowning unit in Nadroga is still waiting for an update from the iTaukei Land Trust Board on the status of investigations into the alleged leasing of a piece of land without their consent.

Kelemedi Tubu, the committee chairman of the mataqali Koroiosuna from Sanasana Village, said they were disappointed with the delay.

The land in question — Lots 105 and 106 — on Navo Island belongs to the tokatoka Koroiosuna and have been leased to Natadola Bay Resort Limited, a subsidiary of the Fiji National Provident Fund.

"We met in July and they told us that they would arrange a meeting with us at the village but until now we have not been contacted by them," he said.

"We asked them for proof that we had given them consent but until now nothing has been given to us."

He said the villagers were upset their concerns were taken lightly.

Questions sent to TLTB manager Alipate Qetaki remained unanswered.

In early July, Mr Qetaki said he would investigate the issue which had surfaced before his tenure began in 2010.

"I am aware of the position of the landowners," he had said then.

"As I informed them, 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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