The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Inia Seruiratu said a water row between the Qoma villagers in Tailevu and landowners has reached their attention and they were working to resolve it.
Mr Seruiratu was commenting on allegations where villagers claimed that Qoma Village landowners were breaking water pipes and affecting their water supply.
A talanoa session with Qoma villagers yesterday brought the issue to light and Mr Seruiratu said the Commissioner Central’s Office was looking into it.
Commissioner Central Setareki Tale said they were aware of the problem saying that those allegedly involved were from Navesi Settlement in Delaikuku.
He said they would now work on the water supply to the settlement and they would be using the same source supplying water to the people of Qoma.
Qoma village headman (turaga-ni-koro) Sailasa Naisele claimed that every time they replaced the pipes they would be broken by the landowners.
“We know them but we have not reported it to the Korovou Police Station,” he said.
He said they were trying to resolve this in the traditional manner.
Mr Naisele said the water source was negotiated by their elders.