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Gavoka presents petition on Tavua on land

The Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights last week heard a submission from parliamentarian Hon. Viliame Gavoka on a petition for Parliament to review the request the by Yavusa Navauvau from Tavua. Opposition Member of Parliament Viliame Gavoka told the committee that goodwill and the livelihood of a growing mataqali have to be […]

Peni Shute

February 8, 2016 2:55 pm

The Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights last week heard a submission from parliamentarian Hon. Viliame Gavoka on a petition for Parliament to review the request the by Yavusa Navauvau from Tavua.

Opposition Member of Parliament Viliame Gavoka told the committee that goodwill and the livelihood of a growing mataqali have to be considered in a petition contesting the ownership of land next to the Vatukoula Mines.

Hon. Viliame Gavoka presenting to the Standing Committee on Justice, Law & Human Rights. PHOTO: Parliament of the Republic of Fiji
Hon. Viliame Gavoka presented a petition to the Standing Committee on Justice, Law & Human Rights. Photo: Parliament of the Republic of Fiji

In the submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights, Gavoka spoke on behalf of the Yavusa Navauvau, which claims to be the rightful owner of a parcel of land in Tavua covering more than seventy-five hundred acres.

That’s why they brought it to Parliament one thing we must appreciate as legislative, is the faith that they have in the legislature they know the power that are here there’s so much excitement in the community that what they wanted for quite some time has come to the highest court of the land and there is no limit to what we can do.

Section (28) 2, of the constitution where under section 27, whatever is no longer used by the crown should be returned to the indigenous owners so these are another way of approaching these.

Committee Chair Ashneel Sudakhar questioned whether it was still feasible for the original owners of the land to be verified given the numerous sales and purchases of various portions of the land in question.

The committee travelled to Tavua to hear from the Yavusa Tovatova and Yavusa Yaladro.

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