24 Sep 2012

Vanuatu Minister's promise to cancel lease can't go ahead - former Valuer General

1:31 pm on 24 September 2012

While Vanuatu's Minister of Lands, Steven Kalsakau, has promised to cancel two leases he approved over the protests of Efate Island custom landowners, a former Valuer General, Levi Tarosa, says the Minister has no power to make such a move.

Mr Tarosa says under the Land Act the Minister cannot cancel or revoke his own signature on a lease.

He says the only option for the landowners is to take the Minister to court and prove he had no right to allow the leases.