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Families still in shacks

Luke Rawalai
Monday, February 05, 2018

CLOSE to 11 families in Nalovo settlement on the south end of Taveuni are still living in tents and tin shacks after their TC Winston housing rehabilitation assistance cards were seized by police two years ago.

The Sami family of Nalovo say they were still wondering when their cards would be returned so they could access the building materials they were promised.

Father of two Avikash Sami claimed during heavy rain, they would huddle on the single bed in their humble home, and watch helplessly as their house turned into a pool.

"Our assistance cards were taken away from us two years ago and we are still in the dark as to what has been done to it," he claimed.

"We have been told that Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum would look into the issue, but when will they provide us with an answer?

"There are families in this community who are going through the same experience.

"During the post TC Winston assessment we were told that two houses could not be built on one land, but what can I do considering that my in-laws have their own home that was also destroyed in the cyclone and they do not live with us."

Meanwhile, speaking during a talanoa session in Navakawau Village on Taveuni where the issue was raised, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he would liaise with the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to find out why investigations were taking long.

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