GUADALCANAL Premier, Anthony Veke has denied the sale of any provincial land at Marau to Lee Kwok Kuen company.
Two weeks ago Veke and his associates were reportedly dishing out money believed to be from the sale of land.
But Veke described the reports as pure allegations that have no basis, but a move to only tarnish his name.
“I want to tell it plainly that at no time my government and I sell any land at Marau. This is news to me and only surprises me. It is sad to hear such allegation or rumour coming out from people who do not know anything about what is going on,” Veke sternly said.
He said people should not be spreading false information to the public, because that will only caused conflict, hatred and division amongst their people.
“Honestly, there is no sale of land at Marau to Lee Kwok Kuen. This is total lie and I call on those making these allegations to prove it,” Veke slammed.
He said not at anytime did he sold any provincial land at Marau to anyone.
However, he said what he actually did was setting up a screening committee to look at land applications for Doma.
“But for the land at Marau, we only did zoning and subdividing the land into blocks and will lease it out to interest individuals, businesses and investors. More than 100 land blocks will be created,” Veke said.
He called on the people of Guadalcanal to stop passing false rumours and information that will confuse their people and tarnish his name in the media.
Adding, that around $200,000 has been spent to carry out the zoning work at Marau in East Guadalcanal.
“I see this allegation as politically motivated to discredit me, but they will never succeed,” Veke said.
The provincial secretary when contacted, refused to comment saying land is a very sensitive issue.
By DANIEL NAMOSUAIA