23rd November 05:31 AM
I will continue to push to bring back the previous system of iTaukei lease money distribution - Kepa
By Vijay Narayan and Iva Danford
Thursday 14/09/2017
Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa

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.

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.

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