A frequent contributor over land issues on Malaita has supported the call by former Guadalcanal Politician Kamilo Teke who describes the open invitation by national leaders for locals to give land for development as too general, risky and unsafe.
Rocky Hardy Tisa says he supports Mr. Teke’s sentiments on the point that land reform must be adequate to customary right of ownership.
Last week, Kamilo Teke called on National Leaders to equip landowners with the knowledge to identify the best development for their land instead of begging landowners to allow their land for development.
Mr. Tisa adds, the existing ‘customary and constitutional rights’ system is not clearly demarcated.
“But what I want to raise here is the system, when I talk about development you have to consult your tribe at the first place, but on acquisition once there are disagreements, you’ll have to go to the Magistrate. The process between these two laws is creating difficulties for us and so it is the system that’s creating difficulties, not land, and so I am raising this for our consideration.”
Meanwhile, he joins Mr. Teke to call for land reform awareness for the landowners so they are better positioned to identify which development suit their interest based on their resources.