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Kalabu Village Clan Alleges $1.2M Abused

Members of the Nakorovatu clan (mataqali) in Kalabu Village have written to the Prime Minister’s Office alleging their trustees had used $1.2 million of their lease money. They met with
06 Oct 2015 11:32
Kalabu Village Clan Alleges $1.2M Abused

Members of the Nakorovatu clan (mataqali) in Kalabu Village have written to the Prime Minister’s Office alleging their trustees had used $1.2 million of their lease money.

They met with Kisoko Cagituevei yesterday and hand over the letter.

Mr Cagituevei confirmed he had received the letter and also met with some of the mataqali members.

He said they had also reported the matter to the Police.

Mr Cagituevei told the mataqali members that  it was good that they had reported the matter to the Police.

According to Mr Cagituevei the mataqali members were very disappointed especially when they had faith in the trustees.

He told them that this alleged misuse of funds would stop when all lease payments would be deposited by the iTaukei Land Trust Board to individual accounts of mataqali members as directed by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainmarama-led FijiFirst Government.

Mr Cagituevei said they had also received letters from mataqali members thanking Government for the equal lease distribution.

All mataqali members must have equal access and benefit from the proceeds from the mataqali land leases.

Meanwhile,  some landowners want their lease money directed to their clan developments and not shared.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs, Saimoni Waibuta, said this could only happen if majority of the clan members wrote a letter to the ministry  with more than 50 per cent signatures of the mataqali members.

Complaints against trustees have been reported by landowners in other parts of Fiji.

They prompted the move for the deposit of lease money in individual accounts.

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