2018 General Election: People still listen to lies, says FijiFirst party leader

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama speaks to supporters during a Fiji First party campaign in Labasa. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

FIJIFIRST party leader Voreqe Bainimarama says despite the good things his Government is doing for the people of Vanua Levu, some people preferred to listen to lies and liu muri (betray) his Government.

“Most of you are listening to the lies being circulated by Niko and Mosese Bulitavu failing to see the developments that is being undertaken in Vanua Levu,” he told the crowd who turned up in Savusavu for the FijiFirst family fun day last week.

Mr Bainimarama said iTaukei land had never been as secure as it was now under the 2013 Constitution.

He claimed they had to secure native land after the sale of native land in Momi and Denarau under the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua government.

Responding to these statements, Mr Bulitavu said they had been receiving a lot of concerns from iTaukei landowners regarding the security of their land under the 2013 Constitution.

Mr Bulitavu said most of the issues had to do with the renewal of leases by the iTaukei Land Trust Board without consulting landowners.

He claimed the protection of iTaukei land under Section 28 of the 2013 Constitution was nothing new, however, he said that the section was undermined by Section 27, citing the Monasavu land issue which landowners “are still crying about”.

He also claimed that landowners had major grievances with a section of the Native Lands Act which gave authority to the iTaukei Land Trust Board, chaired by Mr Bainimarama, the power to renew land leases after considering the consent of landowners.

“The parcel of land in Momi and Denarau that Mr Bainimarama is referring to was swapped and not sold as he is claiming,” he said.