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Ratu Naiqama Responds

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) is calling on Government and Opposition to be sensitive to the iTaukei  people on the land ownership system. In a statement posted on the
30 Jul 2015 12:39
Ratu Naiqama Responds
Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) is calling on Government and Opposition to be sensitive to the iTaukei  people on the land ownership system.

In a statement posted on the Fiji Native Tribal Congress Facebook page, SODELPA president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu was responding to comments made by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the opening of the final stage of the Buca Bay Road in Cakaudrove on Tuesday.

Mr Bainimarama, in his speech, said one of the things that SODELPA had been spreading was that the FijiFirst government had eroded the rights of all iTaukei.

Mr Bainimarama said this was a lie and his government respected the intelligence of the Fijian people and valued their common sense.

“SODELPA is not interested in political debate over land, and instead called on both Government and the Opposition to be sensitive to the Indigenous owners of land and not to confuse them or draw them away from the truth,” Ratu Naiqama said.

“We must find a common ground for our people and for the nation. In this case, SODELPA gladly notes, some of the land and resource utilisation policies it fought for during the election campaigns are recognised by Government and are being implemented because they have merit.”

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