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Kadavu Four Decade Land Dispute Finally Resolved

Land disputes, spanning more than four decades in Kavala and Vunisea in Kadavu respectively, have been resolved. The contentious issue was the demarcation and the drawing of boundaries. Commissioner Eastern
15 Jul 2017 11:05
Kadavu Four Decade Land Dispute Finally Resolved

Land disputes, spanning more than four decades in Kavala and Vunisea in Kadavu respectively, have been resolved.

The contentious issue was the demarcation and the drawing of boundaries.

Commissioner Eastern Luke Moroivalu said the area surrounding the Kavala Bay Jetty, had been identified as reclaimed land.

The feud over who owned the land was between the chiefly owning sub clan (tokatoka) of  Lomanikoro and Naberakina of the mataqali (clan) Lomanikoro .

Mr Moroivalu said the chiefly landowning clans had been consulted and they have accepted the results.

He said this meant that the Government would not go ahead with an earlier warning that it would issue a compulsory supervision order.

The order means that the Government would proceed with the proposed development if the landowners had failed to resolve their dispute.

“The only thing the Government will do now is to identify if damages were done to the land beyond the reclaimed areas that is owned by chiefly mataqali Lomanikoro,” Mr Moroivalu said.

“This includes any disruption to the landowning iqoliqoli and its resources,” he said.

“If compensation needs to be done, then the Government will deal with it fairly.”

He said landowners in Vunisea can still share their concerns which will be treated with confidence. He said so far the landowners were happy with the work taking place around Vunisea.

But the landowners were wondering if they could be informed of future developments.

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