After being ‘quoted’ by the malicious rumour mongers of Coconut Wireless, the new Lands Minister, Mere Vuniwaqa, has decided to speak for herself, and she hasn’t pulled any punches. She wants to transform her ministry into “an efficient, professional, compassionate and transparent arm of the Fijian Government.”
In other words she’s admitting that the Lands Department is not efficient, is not transparent and is not professional. She’s admitted “past mistakes caused by corrupt practices and lack of respect for human dignity, equality, basic fairness and good governance”.
And let’s remember who was running this for the past 7 (soon to be 8) years. And let’s also remember who Frank put in charge of the Lands Department for a time – Neumi Leweni – someone who has no known skills in land management, valuation, law or speech in the English language.
This is strong stuff, and it makes us wonder why Lands Department was given charge of the Land Bank which has total control over Native Land.