More delays and excuses from O’Neill over SABL land grab
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has been sitting on the findings of the SABL Commission of Inquiry since June 2013.
The CoI found the leases were unlawful and should be revoked – but no action has been taken to cancel them.
In September 2013 O’Neill told us he had appointed a Ministerial Task Force and “We will no longer watch on as foreign owned companies come in and con our landowners, chop down our forests and then take the proceeds offshore”
But the Task Force has not cancelled a single lease
And now O’Neill is telling us (see below) he has appointed ANOTHER task force with exactly the same brief as the old one.
And who will preside over the new Task Force? Lawrence Kalinoe, the Secretary for Justice who just a few weeks ago went on radio to explain exactly why the government would NOT cancel the leases. According to Kalinoe, the leases are all the fault of the landowners and the State has done nothing wrong and it would be ‘unfair’ to cancel the leases.
Come on Mr O’Neill, enough of these bullshit excuses – you are not fooling anyone…
Task force to implement SABL inquiry report
Source: The National (the mouthpiece of notorious Malaysian logging company, Rimbunan Hijau)
The National Executive Council has approved the establishment and appointment of a task force to oversee and coordinate recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into Special Agricultural Business Leases (SABL).
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said Cabinet had taken note of the submission on the progress made to implement recommendations made by the COI and gave approval to revoke certain parts of it.
“Cabinet gave approval for the appointment of a task force that comprises members with relevant technical expertise and are given the responsibility for the oversight and co-ordination of the implementation of recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry,” he said.
“The task force will report directly to the Chief Secretary to Government and one of its tasks will be to establish what measures have already been taken to implement the recommendations so that interest groups are properly informed.”
O’Neill said the members were Dr Lawrence Sause, Daniel Katakumb and Kutt Paonga.
He said the taskforce would help the Government make better decisions for the interested groups on the SABL issue.