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Faction Calls For Intervention By PM In Lease Payment Saga

Faction Calls For Intervention By PM In Lease Payment Saga
A faction of Yavusa Matanikorovatu, of Kalabu Villlage, from left: Jiuta Nasaki, Emori Naisaki, Ravuama Matanaqaqa, Nacanieli Bale, Kolio Tabua and Tome Beuka, with a copy of the Fiji Sun outside the Prime Minister’s Implementation Co-ordination Office in Suva, yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci
October 07
10:13 2015

A faction within the yavusa (tribe) Matanikorovatu in Kalabu Village, Naitasiri, has asked Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to suspend lease payments to their yavusa.

Faction spokesman Ravuama Matanaqaqa said they wanted a clean-up team to look into the activities of their trustees.

“We have been told that the money misused by the trustees was $2.2m and not $1.2m as we reported in the media,” Mr Matanaqaqa said.

He said they revealed the alleged misuse because of the future of yavusa members.

In the past, he said, they remained silent because of their respect to their elders.

“Now we want to open our mouths and we call on the Prime Minister to appoint a team to clean up the mess in the Yavusa Matanikorovatu lease money.”

He claimed Yavusa Matanikorovatu had a lot of lease money, but had been allegedly misused by the trustees.

Mr Matanaqaqa said he lodged a report to Police last May, but claimed that nothing had been done.

Now he said the old trustees had resigned and another three had been appointed.

He said they had been assured by Kisoko Cagituevei from the Prime Minister’s Office that he would meet with the general manager iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB)  Tevita Kuruvakadua on the issue.

Mr Cagituevei confirmed yesterday that he had heard the faction’s concerns and had also received their letter.

Commenting on the clean-up they wanted, he said, it was up to them since they were exercising their rights as landowners.



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