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Eviction Lawful: Fijian Government

“Most families accepted this offer to relocate. Since that time, the matter has been heard in court and the owner of the freehold land was entitled to evict any individuals residing on the land in question, as per the recently issued Court Order.
17 Oct 2022 09:03
Eviction Lawful: Fijian Government

Eviction notices were lawfully issued to settlers of Veiraisi settlement. This is according to a statement by the Fijian Government issued on Saturday.

The statement clarified that the land in Veiraisi that had become the subject of recent news reporting was not under the Ministry of Housing and Community Development’s lease but was a freehold land that was owned by Nasinu Land Purchase.

“The recent eviction notices served by the freehold landowner to individuals in Veiraisi were lawfully issued in line with a court order,” the statement said.

“This was after certain individuals residing on the land in question had opted not to move to an alternative arrangement proposed by the landowner,” it added.

 

“The Nasinu Land and Purchase first offered all settlers in Veiraisi the opportunity to move to an alternative area in 2018.”

“Most families accepted this offer to relocate. Since that time, the matter has been heard in court and the owner of the freehold land was entitled to evict any individuals residing on the land in question, as per the recently issued Court Order.

“To buy additional time, The Ministry then negotiated another six months with the landowner to allow the individuals residing on the land to move. Legally, the Fijian Government can only serve as a mediator between squatters and freehold landowners.”

 

Director Housing, Ronit Sen, said: “We had several meetings with the landowner and the representatives of the affected families since the court order was issued and have secured as much additional time as possible for them to find alternative housing.”

“During that time, we conducted a survey and considered temporary accommodation in Public Rental Board flats, however, some families reported exceedingly large household sizes that could not fit in to PRB flats.”

“It has been clear for more than four years that the families would have to eventually move out as this is a freehold land. After we secured an additional six-month window for alternative arrangements to be made, the court order now must be respected.”

 

Story by: INOKE RABONU

Feedback: inoke.rabonu@fijisun.com.fj



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