2013 constitution protects iTaukei interests: PM
July 15, 2014 7:07 pm
Read and understand the 2013 constitution.
iTaukei rights are preserved and well protected in the constitution says Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama.
He made the comments at Masi Village in the District of Nuku in Serua this week.
Bainimarama says some political parties are now campaigning to restore the Great Council of Chiefs because it will protect the itaukei interests.
He adds when the GCC was in place, land at Momi and Denarau in Nadi were sold and when the government knew about it, a law was put in place in 2012 to stop the land sales.
Bainimarama also said the two previous governments- SVT and SDL sold iTaukei land by using a loophole in the law to sell it.
They converted it from native lease to crown lease then to freehold which the law allowed.
Bainimarama was hosted to a thanksgiving feast by the villagers of Masi for his leadership in the past seven years.