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Equal Lease Sharing Talks At SODELPA Meet

People in Lami on Friday were advised by Social Democratic Liberal Party to write to the iTaukei Land Trust Board and state their grievances about the equal lease distribution policy.
17 May 2015 09:47
Equal Lease Sharing Talks At SODELPA Meet
SODELPA party and Opposition members (from left) Viliame Gavoka, Josefa Dulakiverata and Ratu Suliano Matanitabua during party constituency meeting in Raiwaqa. Photo: Ronald Kumar

People in Lami on Friday were advised by Social Democratic Liberal Party to write to the iTaukei Land Trust Board and state their grievances about the equal lease distribution policy.

Party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa made the suggestion after concerns were raised by the members of the Naseuvou clan in Lami Village that they were not pleased with the policy because some clans would have different plans about how they would use their lease money.

The Government has introduced equal distribution of lease money to make sure everyone gets their share and distribution is not dominated by some chiefs abusing the process.

The issue was raised during the SODELPA Constituency meeting.

Ro Teimumu told those gathered that they were not the only ones against the policy.

“I do not know what will happen to those under the age of 18, their lease money because as we all know when there is an obligation of the vanua, the chiefs have the most things to do so the responsibility of the chiefs can never be the same as the younger generation,” Ro Teimumu said.

“These are some of the areas that were never considered when they brought in this decree.”

Meanwhile, Ro Teimumu also reassured landowners of Qauia in Lami that they would fight for their grievances in Parliament.

The landowners expressed disappointment to the party delegation that they were not happy about the decision of subdividing Qauia.

Ro Teimumu asked them to provide all necessary information so they could table the issue in Parliament in one of their next sittings.

She also encouraged women at the meeting to make use of their talents by taking part in the National Women’s Expo scheduled for October.

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