‘Nothing can be done’

Villagers and community members at the talanoa session in Savusavu yesterday. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

If land was sold by your forefathers in exchange for guns or liquor and the transaction is legally recognised, then nothing can be done about it.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made this comment during a talanoa session held in Savusavu yesterday.

He was responding to queries from a few landowners who were concerned about land issues.

Mr Bainimarama said this was an issue with the iTaukei community and relayed his comments in the native language.

He said if iTaukei forefathers sold land in exchange for guns or liquor and the process was legal, then nothing could be done about it.

The PM said the land would hold freehold titles. “And once it becomes a freehold land, then you can’t do anything about it.”

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