Rabuka talks on land, qoliqoli issues

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Picture: FT FILE

CONCERNS and queries made over qoliqoli and land issues does not mean that the iTaukei people are racist, says SODELPA party leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

He said it was simply a means of identification for the iTaukei people.

“When we talk about qoliqoli, when we talk about the land or iTaukei, that is not being racist,” Mr Rabuka said.

“That is our identity as iTaukei. The Europeans have come and given us education and a means of communication with one another and we can converse in English.

“We all eat curry and chopsuey and that’s what we are and who we are.”

In launching the party’s manifesto in Labasa on Saturday, the former prime minister said his party would also look into the Land Bank policy which previously used to be under the Native Lands Trust Act and controlled by the Great Council of Chiefs through the then Native Lands Trust Board.

The Land Bank, Mr Rabuka said was reintroduced by the FijiFirst Government, but not controlled by TLTB.

Landowners of the bauxite mining in Nawailevu, Bua were the first to be roped into this Land Bank policy and the SODELPA Government would review this, he said.

“We can’t just let people come in and take our land away,” he said.

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