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Between The Lines
September 01
10:25 2018

Search for UniFiji VC

Yesterday was the deadline for applications for the University of Fiji Vice-Chancellor position. A number of local professors are understood to have applied –  some are involved in the defiant stand against a new clock in and clock out policy.

Rabuka, family will pay

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka says he and his immediate family “will foot the legal costs” relating to his court case.   

He was commenting on a BTL piece that queried whether a fundraiser tonight is for the party election fund or to pay for legal costs in his court case.

Rewa dredging saga– Part 2

Word is spreading quickly among members of Rewa yavusa (tribes) and mataqali (clans) about the dredging near Naililili on the Rewa River.

They are now becoming aware of the potential implications of the dredging on their environment and economy.

Climate change has caused erosion of their river banks. They have proposed that the only way to stop it would be a seawall from Naililili to Nasali and down river to Nukui. Now that’s a massive multi-million dollar project and the money is not available. There is another option. It’s an offer on the table from a privately-owned dredging company.

It will pour sand to fortify the waterfronts while it takes the rest of the sand to a dumping ground. There it will sell it. But what has not been made clear is whether the villagers are getting a cut from the sale.

The Rewa Provincial Council committee of natural resources is handling the negotiations with the contractors. The villagers have heard that some documents have been shuffled around among some yavusa and mataqali heads. They are demanding that any consent forms should be sighted and signed by members not just the heads because the resources are communally owned. If there is a commercial benefit for the landowners from this project, it should be shared equally among the villagers, as stipulated by Government policy, they argue. They have called for more transparency.

Tomorrow: Learning from previous experience

MP Vadei dies

Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa says it is with great saddness that the SODELPA caucus and party conveys its condolences on the untimely death of Anare Vadei.

Mr Vadei was one of  SODELPA’s serving Members of Parliament.

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