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Why Family Left Labasa, Resident Tells Sayed-Khaiyum

Why Family Left Labasa,  Resident Tells Sayed-Khaiyum
A Waidamudamu resident takes a selfie with the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on September 4, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO
September 06
11:24 2018

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was told by a Waidamudamu resident how his family had to leave Labasa and settle in the area after their land lease was not renewed.

Jai Prasad was one of the many residents who turned up to attend the meeting.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, the Minister for Local Government and Housing Parveen Bala and Minister for Waterways and Environment Mahendra Reddy, met the residents on Tuesday where they were invited to hear concerns.

During the talanoa session, Mr Prasad shared how his father had to leave behind their seven-bedroom house in Labasa and move to Waidadamu because of non-renewal of land leases.

Mr Prasad recently returned from Labasa and was pleased to see the level of development taking place in his hometown. He also criticised former politicians for turning a blind eye to their plight and who were now coming out of nowhere pledging to make a change.

Other issues:

More than 100 people turned up for the meeting where various issues were discussed. One resident questioned when the taxi barrel draw for Suva would be held.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum told them that the Land Transport Authority had to look at a redraw of the barrel because some Fijians had lied and tried to cheat the system in Lautoka. He said it was unfortunate that some Fijians thought they could lie about their income on a legally binding document.

He said the taxi barrel draw brought about a new level of transparency to ensure that those who met the requirements got a fair go at receiving a taxi permit.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also spoke highly about Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, being the only Prime Minister who viewed all Fijians equally and a person’s race, religion or creed did not matter to him.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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