Fiji’s Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum admits there are some differences between the copy of the constitution which was released on 22 August and that which came into effect two weeks ago.
He said the amendments made to the constitution that was assented to by the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau two weeks ago only served to tighten up the already existing provisions.
One of these included the change in titles of section 28 and section 29 from “ Protection of iTaukei, Rotuman and Banaban lands” to Rights of ownership and protection of iTaukei, Rotuman and Banaban lands and from “Protection of rights and interests in land” to “Protection of ownership and interests in land”
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Another aspect he said the amended document protected like never before in any constitution is the interest of landowners and tenants which sees an additional three subsections added onto Section 29 to strengthen it. One of these is subsection four which states that all parliament and cabinet must ensure that the landowners get a fair and equitable return while protecting the land lessees and land tenants capturing “in a much wider sense the provisions in ALTA.”
As Fiji Leaks exposed last week, Khaiyum now admits he presented two different versions of the Constitution of Fiji - says he made changes to the Section 29 covering iTaukei land