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MPs Argue Illegal Trade In Mahogany

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum spoke to Parliament yesterday about illegal trade in the mahogany industry. He said that Opposition MP Kiniviliame Kiliraki only talked about past problems rather than ones facing
13 Feb 2016 13:03
MPs  Argue  Illegal Trade In Mahogany
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Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum spoke to Parliament yesterday about illegal trade in the mahogany industry. He said that Opposition MP Kiniviliame Kiliraki only talked about past problems rather than ones facing the industry today.

“Earlier this week, we reported to FICAC (Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption) some of the illegal trade taking place in mahogany,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He also said the Opposition seemed to bring out issues on the industry that could have been dealt with through normal procedures.

Talking about Mr Kiliraki, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “He talks about the other issues, but doesn’t talk about mahogany being stolen during daylight and night time or how individuals of the landowning units were paid money on the side by business people.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s comments came after Mr Kiliraki had raised the issue about how funds from the mahogany industry had been ‘misused in the past’.

Mr Kiliraki said: “iTaukei landowners are not taking part in the logging and replanting of mahogany. They have been marginalised. The creditability of the industry has decreased over the years.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s said Government has recognised the fact that Fiji had the largest mahogany industry in the world.

 

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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