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Between The Lines

Between The Lines
September 08
09:16 2018

No lies please!

Politicians beware when you visit Waima district in Naitasiri. There is zero tolerance on lies there. Don’t be surprised if you are politely asked to leave.

The chief, Ratu Timoci Rokobukete, has given a stern warning to political parties contesting the 2018 elections, to tell the truth to the people.

Waima is made up of Vuisiga village, Naqara, Nakorovatu and the Naitasiri Government Station, in Vunidawa.

Green pond

The next time you go to Vatani Village, Kaba, Tailevu check out a green pond in the village.

It is claimed that it has a unique feature. It cures skin diseases when you take a dip in it.

There is also a rare white fish in the pond, similar to the ones found in the Sovi River near the Medrausucu Range.

Sea bath

Fresh water for drinking and cooking may be a big problem in the maritime islands during this dry spell.

But when it comes to bathing, it’s no problem. The men take to the sea. After the sea bath, they use coconut oil to moisturize their bodies. The women use rain water collected in tanks.

Vatuwaqa clan saga

More information has surfaced about the Vatuwaqa clan saga over its claim that the land on which its members now live on at Flagstaff in Suva rightly belongs to them.

After several discussions on 35 acres of prime land a Cabinet Decision 96 of 1999 resolved that the disputed land was under the collective ownership of the three yavusas of Nayavumata, Nauluvatu and Vatuwaqa of Suvavou Village. The decision was based on the Ministry of Lands advice as per Cabinet Paper CP (99) 89.

On September, 2001, Sakiusa Tuisolia for Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office wrote to Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Lands and Mineral Resources.

He said the rationale used by the Ministry for Lands was not clear. At any rate, the Vatuwaqa mataqali members had written to the PM’s Office disputing the Cabinet decision. They claimed that Cabinet was wrongly advised. They also claimed they were the customary owners of the land. The land should be returned to them. Yavusa Nayavumata and Nauluvatu cannot share joint ownership because they are not customary owners. The land that used to be under their customary rights lies in areas of the Suva domain.

Mr Tuisolia said: “If there is enough evidence to prove the  Mataqali Vatuwaqa’s claim then it is prudent that the land concerned be returned to them.”

It has been 17 years since that letter was written. Today mataqali members are still running around in vain for help. Is this a classic example of the ineptitude of the bureaucracy before the reforms? Can anyone help?

Tomorrow:  Fighting for heritage and inheritance.

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