Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 2 October 2015

The drought leads the bulletins today: livestock dying in the Shepherds and people traveling great distances on Efate for drinking water and water for their produce.

The President of the Malvatumauri, Chief Senimau Tirsupe, says that the country is still using the Customary Land Management Act to deal with land matters even though the Customary Land Management Office has not been working effectively owing to staff and financial shortages. Changes to the law are now foreseen by the government. And these should reflect the Malvatumauri’s requirement to ensure custom is properly followed with custom land leasing, he told Radio Vanuatu News.

Daily Post today has the Chairman of the newly formed Commission on Economic Land Law Reform insisting that "land must not be controlled by foreigners." Vincent Boulekone was informing a briefing of the Lands and Justice Ministers this week. Last evening he addressed the members of this committee, as did Levi Tarosa, land agent.

The deputy head of the Police Force, John Taleo, faces charges of reckless and careless driving. (Daily Post)

Kiwi Ned Lowe, the suspect in the death of Roger Kamisak on Tanna will appear in court next week. He is charged with intentional homicide. (Daily Post)


One Comment on “Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 2 October 2015”

  1. Sue Farran says:

    I wonder what Monsieur Boulekone means by ‘land must not be controlled by foreigners’? Clearly only indigenous land owners can hold title to land – it says so in the Constitution. But it is perfectly lawful for non indigenous people to hold leases over land. Indeed some of the major agricultural holdings, tourist resorts and extensive sub-divisions are held under leases owned by ‘foreigners’. Is it proposed that all these leases be forfeited and land repatriated to indigenous custom owners? What about people who are ‘half foreign’ or perhaps married to ‘a foreigner’?Or does foreigner mean non-citizen? Perhaps the concern should be more clearly focussed on the threat of ‘new citizens’ primarily Chinese coming through Hong Kong, getting land rights. A glance around the developing world or even at neighbouring Pacific countries shows that this is a very real likelihood.

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