"Ro Teimumu says it is not right for iTaukei not living in the village or staying in another part of Fiji or overseas, not contributing to the village development but still being paid equal lease money distribution."
"...Ro Teimumu must be corrected. Land lease distribution is not about village development alone. As long as I am the owner of the land, I deserve to be paid my fair share of its proceeds according to the decision of my family. To stop payment of leases to those who live away from the village is to deprive some landowners from their rightful entitlements and benefits." Commentator, "Tomasi" to Fijileaks
“All Mataqali members must have equal access and benefit to the proceeds from the Mataqali land leases.” Bainimarama, May 2013
13/9/2017 07:21:09 pm
Tomasi u seem to have an urban middle class view of Fijian land. I started to like yr explanations from points 1 - 3 but started to disagree with you from points 4 onwards. First point I wish to make is the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi has no business raising the issue of Fijian land in a public forum like parliament. It's far too contentious an issue and bound to be misinterpreted and manipulated by propagandists for political agendas like Victor Lal is now doing. Victor has learnt very well from his British masters who devised the principle of "Divide and rule" as a form of political control, They will look for any chinks in the armour of a people to inject their poisonous venom so as to create derision and hatred. He is doing to native Fijians what is being done to the Rohingyas in Myanmar.
Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa says she will continue to push to bring back the previous system of iTaukei land lease money distribution.
When questioned by Fijivillage on why she is pushing for the unequal distribution of land lease money where the chief and the heads of the landowning units got more than others, Ro Teimumu says that the Itaukei live in a communal set up and the money is needed for the development of the village.
Ro Teimumu says it is not right for iTaukei not living in the village or staying in another part of Fiji or overseas, not contributing to the village development but still being paid equal lease money distribution.
People have also raised the question on why the chiefs want to continue to remain superior compared to the others in the community when it come to Itaukei land lease distribution.
Ro Teimumu says she does not have any vested interest as she says that she is not a recipient of the land lease money.
She says that the Bainimarama government had implemented the equal lease distribution system without any consultation. Source: Fijivillage News