Vanuatu daily news digest | 9 January 2013

The Lelema (Lelepa and Mangaliliu) land grab story we broke on Monday was picked up in today’s Daily Post with a story by Daily Digest contributor Bob Makin. Hopefully wider coverage will apply pressure to those who approved this deal in the Ministry and in the Department of Lands, and also to messieurs Monvoisin and Bolliet and Kalorip Poilapa for their roles in this brazen land grab. As the Daily Post story says, injunctions were in place overall the first shonky lease given to Poilapa, but somehow the subsequent lease transfer managed to work its way through the approval process unimpeded.

The Government through the Ministry of Agriculture wants to review the Agriculture Development Bank to ensure it focuses on developing agriculture, reports Radio Vanuatu News quoting the new First Political Adviser in Agriculture, Hilda Motarilavoa Lini. The present intentions of the bank were not really clear, said Lini.