Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has ruled that SODELPA Parlimentarian Aseri Radrodro’s petition is out of order and will not be tabled in Parliament.
Ratu Epeli says he received a petition from Radrodro last Friday seeking Parliament to allow the Minister for Lands to grant state land to Yavusa Tovatova in Vatukoula for their re-settlement.
He says this petition is clearly an attempt to get Parliament to take action that is not within the power of Parliament to take.
The Speaker told the Parliamentarians that he has ruled on a number of occasions in the past and again reiterates that this Parliament must always uphold and respect the constitution and separation of powers between the three arms of the state.
He says matters raised in the petition should be raised with the Minister for Lands or the Ministry of Lands.
Ratu Epeli says that the petitioners have already written to the Minister for Lands on the same issue and it will be for the Minister for Lands and his Ministry to consider and deal with the written request in accordance with established laws, procedures and policies.