15 Feb 2007

Fiji military sets up complaints office

10:53 am on 15 February 2007

Fiji's military has set up an office at the main Government Buildings in Suva where members of the public can lodge their complaints.

The action comes after hundreds of people besieged military camps throughout Fiji seeking solutions to a variety of long standing grievances.

The interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khayum, says the military will not entertain any further civil complaints from members of the public, groups of individuals and companies at any of its camps and installations.

The new complaints office is close to the offices of the interim prime minister and military commander, Commodore Bainimarama.

The military says centralising the complaints will enable them to channel people's grievances to the proper authorities.

But many people have already found solutions to their long standing grievances through the military.

The interim administration has held consultations with the Native Lands Trust Board and the Fiji Hardwood Corporation to facilitate the return of 35 hectares of land to its original indigenous owners after their pleas had gone unheeded for the last 25 years.