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PM’s Office Blocks Evicting Landowners

The Prime Minister’s Resettlement Task Force unit has stopped the eviction of several families at Kinoya village, Suva. Director Kisoko Cagituevei stopped the eviction, saying a court order was needed.
30 Jul 2015 12:52
PM’s Office Blocks Evicting Landowners
Iopolito Vunibola (right) looks down at the work that begins metres from his home at Kinoya Village yesterday.

The Prime Minister’s Resettlement Task Force unit has stopped the eviction of several families at Kinoya village, Suva.

Director Kisoko Cagituevei stopped the eviction, saying a court order was needed.

He said the families were told by the landowning Nawavatu clan from Kalabu village, to make way for a bus company to develop the land.

Development work by the bus company started yesterday.

Housewife, Ana Maria from Makolei in Bua said the landowner had warned them that they were about to evicted.

She said Mr Cagituevei visited them yesterday and told them to remain.

Ms Maria was also told that a carrier company had bought a piece of land within the area with plans to develop a carrier stand.

She said this would mean the eviction of more families from the area.

Mr Cagituevei said his unit still needed more land for resettlement.

Under the 2013 Constitution, access to housing and land is guarateed under the Bill of Rights.

Mr Cagituevei said they had already approached different stakeholders including the Methodist Church to help them deal with the situation.

In the meantime, the task force, he said, was working tiressly with some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to resettle the squatters.

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