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Mix Up In Landownership

There is a mix-up in the ownership of land at Vunimoli Settlement at Tamavua-i-wai, Suva. Export Freight Services (Fiji) Limited (EFS) had issued a notice through a letter for the
22 May 2015 10:48
Mix Up In Landownership
There is a mix-up in the ownership of land at Vunimoli Settlement at Tamavua-i-wai, Suva.

There is a mix-up in the ownership of land at Vunimoli Settlement at Tamavua-i-wai, Suva.

Export Freight Services (Fiji) Limited (EFS) had issued a notice through a letter for the eviction of 12 families living in the squatter settlement.

The letter signed by Malcom Chan, the company director said, “This letter is to inform you that our company has bought the piece of land the 12 households’s squatter settlement is currently on. Please note that we will help them in relocating their belongings to where they will temporarily build their houses on before Government officially confirms the place to move to permanently.”

He confirmed to the Fiji Sun yesterday that they had bought the land and were not told that it was a road reserve.

On Wednesday the chairman of the Prime Minister’s Resettlement Taskforce, Kisoko Cagituevei, organised a meeting for the 12 families and invited the director housing, Kolinio Bola and the director lands, Apisai Vulawalu to attend.

Mr Vulawalu told the 12 families that they were on a road reserve land. Mr Bola supported this by saying that a Suva Regional Plan that was put in place in 1992 had marked the area as reserve for a road that would pass through the settlement and ending at Princes Road in Tamavua. The director Lands said he would confirm with his office if the land had been bought by EFS.

Mr Cagituevei reminded the squatter residents that they had missed an excellent opportunity offered by Government before the 2014 General Elections to relocate to Wainadoi to make way for the construction of the new road.

“That is now on hold and you should be ready to move when a court order is issued,” Mr Cagituevei told the residents.

Residents of the settlement had joined the People’s Community Network (PCN) One Dollar a Week Scheme.

Mr Cagituevei advised residents to pay their one dollar every week to show PCN that they wanted to be relocated as soon as possible.

Government, he said, had approved the leasing of Jittu Estate to the PCN to provide proper and decent housing to more than 10,000 families at Jittu, Wailea, Nanuku and other settlements within the Suva City boundary.

That, he said, would take years.

The spokesperson and acting chairman of the settlement, Jale Tauraga, said that the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) had promised them help during their election campaign last September.

He said SODELPA officials had never visited them after the election.

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