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Lalabalavu fails to stop AG

18:30 Thu Sep 14, 2017


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Ana Ravulo

Opposition Member of Parliament, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu today failed to stop the Attorney General from revealing details about the land ministry of 2000.

Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum claimed that when Lalabalavu was the Land Minister, he was the one that converted iTaukei land to freehold land.

The Attorney General blasted the Opposition side particularly, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu and Niko Nawaikula.

“Hon Nawaikula talks about the so called entrenched provision in the 1997 constitution. Madam Speaker, I’ll tell them now, don’t worry I’ll tell them under the 1990 constitution, so called protection and under the 1997 constitution which they hold it like some holy…. It was under those two constitutions that this gentleman here when he was the Minister for Lands converted iTaukei land to freehold land. He says within the law, this is beautiful. The law was flawed, there was no constitutional provisions.”

Opposition MP, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu rose with a point of order.

“I wish to rise on a point of order especially on point of order 62 is imputing improper motive by coming up with a decision that was made in cabinet. That is highly confidential madam speaker.”

Sayed-Khaiyum says that the opposition side should carefully study the history of previous constitutions before coming to parliament.

“In the Reeves Commission report, they have more open seats then ethnic seats, then there was a joint parliamentary committee which consisted the people from Opposition and from the Government. A political compromise was reached and there was a huge political compromise made and the Reeves Commission was flipped. The Reeves commission said no ethnic voting but let’s have very few ethnic seats, more open seats. The JSPC, they switched it around, they had more ethnic seats and less open seats. When they talk about the constitution history, they actually do not mention that.”

Meanwhile, tomorrow will be the last day of parliament sitting this year.



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