Unua Council of Chiefs wants government to stall compensation

Chief Willie Apia, secretary of Unua Council of Chiefs.

The Unua Council of Chiefs in South East Malekula has called on the government to put on hold its compensation payout in relation to the Rensarie college.

Unua Council of Chiefs’ Secretary, Chief Willie Apia, said that due to unresolved disputes between the various land claimants, the council has appealed to the government not to carry out a compensation over the area until the dispute is settled between the claimants.

According to Chief Apia, the land title was under family Savoie but was challenged by Timo Nefet and the family Basil Kon based on original claimants.

Mr Willie appeals to the government to respect the council’s decision in withholding the compensation of Rensarie college to become a public land.

He confirmed that the council has received a sketch map of Rensarie college and will make sure to resolve and address the issue as soon as possible before government can carry out its leasing on the land.

Mr Apia said that it is within all rights of the claimants to carry out or file a court case in regards to the land.

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