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September 07
10:26 2018

Yet another chiefly rift

There is a rift over the installation of Ratu Jone Qomate as the Tui Labasa.

The kingmakers, the Wasavulu and Qoibau clans are now claiming they were bypassed.

They are now challenging the protocol used in the installation.

The division is so bad that the people are not talking to each other. The kingmakers are now seeking the intervention of the iTaukei, Lands and Fisheries Commission (TNLC).

BTL has also been reliably informed that the rift is also affecting the collection of signatures of support for the kingmaker’s letter challenging the installation.

‘Land of their inheritance’

After years of fighting to claim they are rightful owners of 35 acres of land in Flagstaff in Suva. Members of Mataqali (clan) Vatuwaqa of Suvavou Village are still no where near a settlement.

It appears clan members have been kicked from pillar to post. Is it because the “landowners” lack funds to fight their case in court?

They have not been taken seriously, it seems.

But previous alleged attempts by the Suva City Council to have them evicted from the land they have been living on for more than 10 years have failed.

This is because the land is registered under the Lands Department as Crown land.

It is understood it started way back in 1886 when Fiji was a British Colony.

For reasons that are not known the land was not reclassified to native land when the then Native Lands and Fisheries Commission defined all landowning units and their land areas and boundaries to be administered by the iTaukei Land Trust Board.

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