Bua landowners query status of land

Bua pine landowners attend the consultations at Bua Lomanikoro Village last week. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

LANDOWNERS of Bua Lomanikoro have queried about a piece of land they claimed had been leased illegally to a sawmiller in the area.

Questioning iTaukei Land Trust Board assistant general Solomoni Nata during the pine landowners and stakeholders consultation on Tuesday, landowner Sitiveni Solei said they were aware that the land which was leased by Fiji Pine Limited had been sold to a particular sawmiller.

Despite denials from Mr Nata and Fiji Pine Ltd’s manager operations Asesela Cokanalagi that this was not possible legally, Mr Solei claimed it was general knowledge in the area that the land which extended from the main road was the property of the sawmiller.

More details on this story in today’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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