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Serua Villagers Accept Laws

The equal distribution of lease money was queried during the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs consultation at Culanuku village in Serua last Friday. Deputy Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Apakuki Kurusiga
11 Aug 2015 14:27
Serua Villagers  Accept Laws

The equal distribution of lease money was queried during the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs consultation at Culanuku village in Serua last Friday.

Deputy Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Apakuki Kurusiga said some villagers wanted to revert to the old system of payment where the chiefs had a majority share.

However, according to Mr Kurusiga, the people of Culanuku were satisfied with the explanation given by the Permanent Secretary of the iTaukei Affairs, Savenaca Kaunisela.

They were urged by the chairman   of the iTaukei Lands and Fisheries Commission (TLFC), Ratu Vananalagi Vesikula to register ther children in the Vola Ni Kawa Bula.(VKB)

In the March session of Parliament, Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) parliamentarian, Viliame Gavoka asked whether financial provisions were made for head of yavusa and mataqali, whose traditional roles and obligations required a greater share of lease money.

In his reply, the Prime Minister and Minister for iTaukei Affairs,Voreqe Bainimarama said there was nothing stopping the iTaukei from giving money to their chiefs.

Mr Bainimarama said the new laws would give the iTaukei an equal stake in the proceeds of their land and the power to decide how that share was spent.

The equal distribution of lease money is governed under the iTaukei Land Trust (Leases and Licences) Regulations of January 1 2011 and the Equal Rent Distribution Policy.

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