Seized Properties Returned To Port Vila Municipal Council

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Property taken over claim related to procuring new cemetery land

By Thompson Marango

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Feb. 3, 2014) – Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC) properties seized by the Supreme Court over a Vt30 million [US$309,246] claim have been released.

The properties were release after the court granted an application by the State Law Office on behalf of the PVMC this week.

PVMC assets seized by the warrant includes part of the leasehold title of the ex-British joinery (Dumbea Hall), council vehicles including the mayor’s car and a machine used to operate the Bouffa landfill.

The seizure of the PVMC properties early this year has hindered the operation of the council as the already financially struggling institution made effort to comply with court orders to make payments. According to the PVMC, Vt12 million [US$123,699] of the claim has been settled leaving an outstanding of Vt18 million [US$185,548].

Council sources confirmed the issue has been taken back to court to review and seek new orders.

The Vt30 million claim is in relation to a failed deal between the PVMC and two individuals, namely Peter Bong and Daniel Yawah, over land which PVMC intended to secure for a new cemetery.

Meanwhile it is understood that the land concerned had been sold off by the custom landowners whom the PVMC had been consulting over the issue.

While Port Vila taxpayers’ money is being spent on the claim, the current Port Vila cemetery is running out of space.

Daily Post has been informed that securing a new spot for the town’s cemetery is on the newly elected council’s priority list.

There are two options available, either to expand cemetery to the vacant area opposite the current site or to secure another land elsewhere.

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