Rennell landowners have expressed disappointment over a front page response by Esther Lelapitu last week that stated only the High Court has the power to revoke Certificate of No Appeal she issued for APID to pursue land registration.
This was revealed by some landowners who claimed that the female magistrate’s media statement does not go down well with her previous decisions about issuance of certificate.
Landowners have also provided two certificates issued by Lelapitu during logging activities on Rennell, which was convincing enough for the media to publish their concerns by taking into account the case of APID.
The certificates produced were issued by Lelapitu in favour of Mungaba Timber Company and then later the certificate was revoked by the same magistrate when sighted valid documents provided by the complainant.
Therefore, the landowner askedl; “why Lelapitu did not refer us to high court during the time we approach her with evidence to disqualify the certificate she issued for Mungaba Timber, but instead wrote a revocation letter.”
They added her actions contradicts to what she previously done, thus suspicious of something fishy when she refused to make the same decision like what she did before over similar case.
By AATAI JOHN