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Disputes Affect Village Demarcation, Says Katonitabua

The demarcation of the iTaukei village boundaries is ongoing and any disputes will affect the work of the surveyors, says Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua. “Our surveyors will
17 Sep 2017 11:00
Disputes Affect Village Demarcation, Says Katonitabua
Naipote Katonitabua

The demarcation of the iTaukei village boundaries is ongoing and any disputes will affect the work of the surveyors, says Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua.

“Our surveyors will only work if they have the consent of the landowners,” Mr Katonitabua said.

He said they had completed the demarcation of land boundaries in 13 provinces and were currently in the Ba province.

The Ba province has 21 districts and 107 villages.

Mr Katonitabua said that in villages where they had disputes over the village boundary, the surveyors would go to another village.

The disputes, he said, should be resolved internally.

He has also urged those in villages that had been demarcated to respect the landowner’s views on any opposed village developments.

When asked about the village by-law, he said they had received submissions and there was no timeline for its compilation.

He said when completed it would be forwarded to the Government where it would be tabled in parliament for debate and enacted into a law.

On the filling of chiefly traditional vacant positions he said that the Native Lands Commission was responsible.

He said the ministry was carrying out workshops on leadership to let the iTaukei people know their traditional role in the village.

This workshop also helped the iTaukei people know the chiefly clan.

There had been disputes on the chiefly titles but this had been recorded in the Vola Ni Kawa Bula (VKB) and could not be disputed. No one could change the sworn statements in the document.

Edited by Mohammed Ali

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