Sunday, September 05, 2010

Fijian Paramount Chiefs Question Illegal Regime's Land Use Decree

05 September 2010

Two paramount Fijian chiefs, pictured above, have questioned the illegal Fiji regime's Land Use Decree.

In a signed letter to the illegal Fiji PM, Frank Bainimarama, Turaga Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, also a former Native Land Trust Board (NLTB) Manager and former Minister in the Qarase government, together  with Gone Marama Bale Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, also a former Minister in the Qarase government, both have raised doubts about the intention and efficacy of the Decree.

Click link below to read the letter:
The letter and copies of it have been delivered to the illegal Fiji PM, regional offices of the NLTB, and overseas embassies and the United Nations stationed in Fiji by Fiji Democracy Movement workers in Suva.

The two high chiefs argue that native Fijians have not been consulted over the decree and the benefits from it are uncertain and exaggerated. As well, they say the structure set up to oversee implementation of the decree, merely duplicates that of the current NLTB which has the confidence and trust of Fijians and their chiefly forefathers who had historically agreed to transfer responsibility over their land to the State.

They pointed out that far from withholding their land from cultivation and availability for long term lease, Fijians had been fighting to secure fair and economic return from the leasing of their land over the years. 

This current illegal regime have been insisting that Fijians have been withholding their land due to advice they may lose it to foreigners and unscrupulous investors.

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