Any consultation on iTaukei laws should also include the tenants -Justice Qetaki

Any consultation on iTaukei laws should also include the tenants -Justice Qetaki

By Rashika Kumar
Saturday 27/05/2023
Justice Alipate Qetaki

Justice Alipate Qetaki says any consultation undertaken on reviewing iTaukei laws should also include the tenants on iTaukei land and this is one way to honour Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna.

While speaking during a symposium on Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna at the University of Fiji, Justice Qetaki says perhaps one of the new roles of the Great Council of Chiefs is to look at the State Land Act, iTaukei Lands Act, the iTaukei Land Trust Act and the iTaukei Affairs Act as they have been there since the 1940s so it is well past review time.

The former University of Fiji lecturer says we can honour Ratu Sukuna by looking at our laws especially in light of looking at areas the iTaukei is disadvantaged; whether through their own doing or through institutionalized laws.

He says he believes that iTLTB reforms should be held with widest consultation with the tenant community.

Justice Qetaki says the tenant community has also changed and it is not just the Indo-Fijian community but it also includes people coming from Lau, Kadavu and from Vanua Levu to Viti Levu.

He says any law that will target the resource owners should have the widest consultation as the tenants are stakeholders too.

Justice Qetaki adds Ratu Sukuna rationalised land should be leased as it has value to not only the colonial government at that time and bring in income but it will also give security to the farmer who has just been dispossessed and completed his term of agreement with the Fiji Sugar Corporation and also be a source of income to the iTaukei for education and development.

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
70% of domestic violence cases occur in iTaukei families and 74% are in Christian families - Tabuya
Ten communities in the province of Tailevu have made a promise to protect women, girls and children from violence after they signed their commitment t...
29 minutes ago
$250,000 refurbished Makoi Health Centre commissioned
About 32,000 people now have access to an improved health facility as the new waiting area and refurbished Makoi Health Centre has been ...
23 minutes ago

Tribunal overturns decision and allows public hearing in suspended CJ Kamal Kumar's case
The tribunal responsible for hearing suspended Chief Justice Kamal Kumar's case has overturned its decision and has now allowed the media into the ...
56 minutes ago

Dua Pay App launch targeted at women-led MSMEโ€™s on making payments easier
I believe every woman should have financial independence, because money in the hands of a woman changes everything for her family and ...
3 hours ago

Positive lifestyle choices will always have a good impact on an individual's health - Dr. Fong
Positive lifestyle choices will always have a good impact on the health of individuals no matter at what age the positive change is adopted and is ...
3 hours ago

Residents and ratepayers of Suva say there needs to be reserved seats for women in municipal elections
Residents and ratepayers of Suva are calling for reserved seats for women in the municipal elections. While speaking at the Local Government Act ...
3 hours ago
EBayShop Online Recruitment scam
The Consumer Council of Fiji has issued a public alert about a group of individuals running a deceptive pyramid scheme known as โ€œEbayShop Online Recruitment.โ€
2 days ago

7 Grace Road Group executives declared prohibited immigrants in Fiji after decisions by the South Korean Government and a request by Interpol
7 Grace Road executives in Fiji have been declared prohibited immigrants by the Fijian Government, it has been made clear through government ...
2 days ago

Bainimarama and Qilihoโ€™s trial
The trial of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Commissioner of Police Sitiveni Qiliho begins
40 days ago