HONIARA City Mayor Andrew Mua has hit back at the Deputy Commissioner of Lands Babby Waitara for blaming the the Honiara City Council (HCC) for not requesting in time to reserve the car park area at Lawson Tama.
As a result the plot of land was sold to a private business man recently this year.
The plot of land with the lot number 031-065-2630 at Lawson Tama car park was recently transferred to a businessman.
And it was an allocation made for more than two decades now, says the Deputy Commissioner of Lands Mr. Babby Waitara.
Waitara explained to the Solomon Star following concerns from the general public to have the area reserved for car-park, since it is next to the country’s national soccer stadium, where people will demand parking spaces during soccer matches.
Deputy Commissioner further explained that the land title holder can only be changed through the process of the court, thus ministry has nothing to do at this stage since HCC has failed to make any executive conclusion to have the land de-registered and reserved for public purposes- like a car-park.
The Lawson Tama car park was allocated in 1995.
But City Mayor said the explanation made by the deputy commissioner does not speak well of a person with some senses but a fool of himself.
City Mayor said HCC has been fighting for the reservation of this car park space at Lawson Tama for public purposes, thus it is disheartening and insulting to see him blaming the HCC, for the plot of land they fail to support HCC in de-registering the title.
Mua said it is the HCC who pulled down the fence erected by the title holder on the car park space recently this year and this action should speak loudly that Ministry responsible should team up with HCC and de-register the land.
Arguing that HCC has been struggling to get the land back for the purpose of car parking space at Lawson Tama but the ministry of lands was not helpful enough to do things as HCC pursued.
Thus, he said Waitara explanation in the media is unacceptable.
By AATAI JOHN LAUNGI