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Legal redress for landowners questioned in Landbank deals. The Lands Ministry has no idea and will ask the Solicitor Generals Office?

Land Bank rakes in $4.6 m in lease money

08:33 TodayTaken from/By: FBC NewsReport by: Mika Loga

A total of four point six million dollars has been paid to indigenous landowners who have deposited their land in the Land Bank. This amount is the total figure cashed in by the lessee since the establishment of the Land Bank in 2011, with the latest payments made last month. Permanent Secretary for Lands Tevita Boseiwaqa says, the functions of the Land Bank established under the Land Use Decree of 2010 is somewhat the same as that of the i-Taukei Land Trust Board.“Legally speaking its also right for the Land Bank to be the custodian of native land where landowners have decided to deposit their land in the Land Bank.”The objective of the Land Bank is to see to the better utilization of indigenous land, lying idle. Tevita Boseiwaqa says, once landowners agree to deposit their land in the Land Bank, it means the government becomes the custodian or administrator of the particular native land.

He says, indigenous lands administered under the Land Use Decree are not charged survey fees, nor are lease premiums subjected to poundage costs”.“There’s increasing interest..I mentioned about the income that gone to native landowners because of the work done by the Land Bank in looking for investors to come and invest in this once idle land.

”Meanwhile, the i-Taukei Land Trust Board has questioned if the Land Use Decree contains provisions and procedures for legal redress by landowners who have voluntarily agreed to give their land for administration by the Land Bank.

The Lands Ministry is seeking legal advice from the Solicitor Generals Office on the issue – See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/19130/land-bank-rakes-in-4-6-m-in-lease-money#sthash.IKVPkJrZ.dpuf

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25 thoughts on “Legal redress for landowners questioned in Landbank deals. The Lands Ministry has no idea and will ask the Solicitor Generals Office?

  1. Interesting choice of words here by Boseiwaqa: ‘legally speaking’

    Try this on for size Boseiwaqa — LEGALLY SPEAKING all your flawed policies on native land now make you a key accessory to the illegal & treasonous regimes crimes.

    Furthermore, he is trying too hard to prove that he is doing things procedurally by passing the buck as public servants do. However, in the interest of transparency he is also obliged to inform taxpayers whether the Land Bank carves out an admin fee for themselves before the landowners take the rest?

  2. Why the salary of Bai/ Khayium is processed by Khayium’s aunty – nur bano ali?
    Why not by the Ministry of Finance! This is against the norm and rules of transparency and accountability. This is nepotism and corruption.
    Forget about the salary as this will be systematically dealt by aunty nur to avoid showing the actual salary paid and once again mislead the people. This is matter of salary being processed by nur bano ali is a criminal offence under the crimes decree and must be reported.

  3. It would be really helpful if FB and ASK can answer in very simple terms the following very simple questions being asked everyday by most people.

    Is the 1.2m salary true or false. If is true then just say it as we will not be able to do anything about it anyway. If not then just show the public the salary slips. Are the salaries being paid through Nur Bano? Are you allowed to campaign before even being registered as a party? Are Chinese from China being given preferential treatment ahead of others? Are they paying you cash under the table? Did you buy the b lack car your wife is seen riding yours or Damodar gave you free for use or perhaps as a loan as long as they get their business deals through? Is it true that Nur Bano was paid 500,000 in fees for a report on the Rewa Dairy operations? Is it true that you have money stashed away in overseas bank? is is true that you now have more properties in Fiji? Why are you not disclosing your assets as promised by ASK some time ago? Why did you abolish the Public Accounts Committee? What happened to all the 4X4 that you confiscated from Ministers just after the coup? You said that these are waste of money but you went and bought plenty more 4×4′s Why? can you tell why Col Aziz wasnt charged? What if you dont win this election are you prepared to sit on the opposition? What if you dont win at all will you accept the results? What is the true government debt now as compared to pre-Dec 2006? I am sure more questions will follow. All we need is very very simple answers.

  4. Can the PS just admit that all is not well with their Land Bank arrangement? C’mon Qesa, you owe it to the scruples of your conscience to come clean and keep the Taukei ghosts at bay.

  5. Section 185 of the 1997 Constitution no longer exists. Why was it removed? That section specifies that any changes to “entrenched legislation” ie Native Lands Act, Native Lands Trust Act, Fijians Affairs Act etc – must be approved by 9 of the 14 GCC (Bose Levu Vakaturaga) members of the Senate. The GCC members are nominated from the Provinces and represent the native landowners of Fiji. By removing Section 185, Kaiyum’s government has effectively rendered we, the native landowners, powerless over our own land. This power, under the 2013 Constitution now rests with the politicians in Parliament. All these changes were made without the consent of we the native landowners and as such totally unacceptable. Worse, the changes were made by people we do not know or recognise. It was not made by the leaders we elected nor were they made by our chiefs.

  6. Let me explain this land issue: In a developing economy such as Fiji, good business opportunities for politicians and leaders are limited. Sure, you can pay yourself a salary twice as high as the president of the USA, but lets face it, there are limits what even an indolent population such as ours accepts. Then there are the normal 5-10% commissions we take for facilitating construction projects such as the 200 million $ Nadarivatu hydro project. Then we can get involved a bit with the cash flow in our large utilities and take a commission when they procure fuels or other expensive inputs. Then, there is a bit to cream off from logging, fishing or casino licenses. But taken all together we would not be able to accumulate even 2% of the billions that gentleman like Mugabe, Gaddhafi or Mobuto could allocate to themselves. We consider this as unfair and have therefore devised a mechanism to make money from Fiji’s most important resource: iTaukei land. With the 99 year lease the government can now issue to friends from China and elsewhere, this is essentially the same as selling land. Imagine what kind of cash flow we will generate by freeing iTaukei land to business. Only indigenous land can make the Honourable Khaiyum and his friends from the RFMF truly rich and allow them to see eye to eye with other great leaders.

  7. Boseiwaqa is saying – I don’t have any authority over the land law I am implementing! I’m just here to follow what the solicitor general says and what the AG says and I’m happy to go along with no matter how serious it if for the landowners because I am earning my pay from it! This idiot is another opportunist selling his identity for 30 pieces of silver!

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