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Village bylaws consultation suspended

Litia Cava
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

THE Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has issued a directive to the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs to suspend the village bylaws consultation until further notice.

Ministry of iTaukei Affairs permanent secretary Naipote Katonitabua confirmed this yesterday and said the ministry completed the first round of the consultation in the 14 provinces last year.

"There is no progress from where we left off last year where we had done the first round of consultation," Mr Katonitabua said.

"Then we received instructions from the honourable Minister for iTaukei Affairs Mr Prime Minister to shelve further discussion on the village bylaws that is where we are right now.

"It's been suspended for the time being and that instruction came from him — the honourable Prime Minister."

The village bylaws consultation had drawn a lot of attention and debate last year as villagers continued to raise numerous questions with the ministry on the content of the village bylaws.

Mr Katonitabua said the ministry was yet to conduct few more consultations around the country before its implementation.

"So in the meantime we are doing compiling and assessing some of the submissions that have been provided and we cannot proceed any further without any instructions from the honourable minister because we need to do a few rounds again. We tried to come up with a revised draft, but due to the instructions that we have received from our honourable minister, we've left it there before we proceed further."

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