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Security Tenure For Squatters

One-hundred-twenty-three Fijian families living in squatter settlements will be given security of tenure at the end of the year. This was revealed yesterday in Parliament by the Minister for Lands
18 Nov 2015 08:48
Security Tenure For Squatters
Fijian families living in squatter settlements

One-hundred-twenty-three Fijian families living in squatter settlements will be given security of tenure at the end of the year.
This was revealed yesterday in Parliament by the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Mereseni Vuniwaqa, during the budget debate.
This means that a squatter resident is legally protected to occupy the settlement, dwelling or site unless the landlord obtains a court order for possession of the property or termination of the tenancy agreement.
The first 40 families had received the approval notices from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama earlier this month.
“For a co-ordinated Government approach, relevant ministers will be meeting within the next few weeks to ensure that this initiative is driven in a co-ordinated manner and that optimal results are attained from this Government initiative,” she said.
She said the allocated $800,000 budget for next year would ensure that the first phase of regularisation continued and at the same time the second phase of the regularisation was also address, that is, the development of squatter settlements to ensure that residents had access to basic amenities like water, sewerage and electricity.
She said the allocation for the second phase was part of the Development of State Land budget of $2.7m for 2016.
This year development works had started for Field 40 squatter settlement in Lautoka and this would conclude in the first quarter of 2016. Development of one other squatter settlement will start next year as well.
“The regularisation of squatter settlements on State Land is something that all Fijians should be proud of. It is an initiative which recognises the difference in livelihoods within our communities and aims to empower and uplift the livelihoods of the less fortunate in society,” the minister said.
“It is an initiative accorded with basic humanity and Government tenet of equal opportunity for every Fijian.”



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