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Developers Evict 40 Families

More than 40 families yesterday were demolishing and relocating their homes from Kilikali Settlement in Nasinu. The notices were issued by the developers of the land, Nasinu Land Purchase Housing
27 Sep 2016 11:19
Developers Evict 40 Families
Naomi Noubena (right), with her children Marica and Avisaki Vakosia, and husband, Laisiasa Qiolevu (on ladder), at Kilikali Settlement in Nasinu yesterday. Photo: Ashna Kumar

More than 40 families yesterday were demolishing and relocating their homes from Kilikali Settlement in Nasinu.

The notices were issued by the developers of the land, Nasinu Land Purchase Housing Co-operative Limited.

The residents of Kilikali settlement were given a three-week notice to vacate their land and move to Veiraisi Settlement in Nadera as of last Friday.

The residents of Kilikali Settlement had been notified earlier to relocate in 2014 after the High Court in Suva had issued an order in favour of the developers.

Thirty plus years resident, 50-year-old Zahid Hussain said, he was heartbroken with the news to vacate.

“I have been here since 1985 and I have seen my children born and raised in this settlement,” Mr Hussain said.

“I am emotionally attached to my home and had such wonderful neighbours who always stood by my family.

“I am heartbroken to move from here. My home is demolished and my wife and children are at my sister’s house in Valelevu.”

Sunil Prasad, 37, who was born and raised there too said, he had memories to cherish but no place to stay.

“We have been allocated a plot in Veiraisi Settlement in Nadera but there are people who have already built their homes and living in our plots,” Mr Prasad said.

“I have no home to stay. My wife and kids are at my in-laws place in Nausori and sometimes I sleep at my friend’s house or neighbour’s.

“We have to restart our life and build everything all over again.”

Naomi Noubena, 40, has been living in the settlement for more than 40 years and says her life feels like it stopped.

“My kids are worried of where we will stay and I am worried of how we are going to start everything all over again,” Ms Noubena said.

Questions sent to the developers Nasinu Land Purchase Housing Ltd had not been answered when this edition went to press.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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