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Beware of Land Lies: iTaukei Affairs Board

The iTaukei Affairs Board (TAB) deputy chief execu­tive officer Josefa Toganiva­lu reminded delegates of the Serua Provincial Council to be aware of the land lies being spread by poli­ticians. He
10 Mar 2018 11:00
Beware of Land Lies: iTaukei Affairs Board
From left: The iTaukei Affairs Board deputy chief executive officer Josefa Toganivalu, Talatala Korolevu Saimone Vunilagi with Turaga-na-Vunivalu, Serua Ratu Peni Mataitini Latianara during the Serua Provincial Council meeting at Namaqumaqua Village on March 8, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The iTaukei Affairs Board (TAB) deputy chief execu­tive officer Josefa Toganiva­lu reminded delegates of the Serua Provincial Council to be aware of the land lies being spread by poli­ticians.

He said the TAB was concerned about this because it was baseless.

“I must confirm to you today that the iTaukei lands are safe,” he said.

Mr Toganivalu said lies had been spread that the iTaukei people could lose their land.

“This is not so because there are legislations in place that protect iTaukei lands.”

The supreme law of the land, the 2013 Constitution section 28 (1) says – The ownership of all iTaukei land shall remain with the cus­tomary owners of that land and iTaukei land shall not be perma­nently alienated, whether by sale, grant, transfer or exchange, except to the State in accordance with sec­tion 27.

S 28 (2) – Any iTaukei land ac­quired by the State for a public purpose after the commencement of this Constitution under section 27 or under any written law shall revert to the customary owners if the land is no longer required by the State.

He also confirmed that the servic­es of the iTaukei Lands & Fisher­ies Commission (TLFC) were good.

On the Register of Native Land (RNL) also known as the Vola ni Kawa Bula (VKB), he said in 2014 work started on digitising the re­cord to address the growing de­mand for greater accessibility.

The VKB records, he said would be accessible to the iTaukei people when it would be sent out to all provincial council offices.

The Serua Provincial Council meeting started on Thursday at Namaqumaqua Village and ended yesterday.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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