Resident fears for children’s safety
RESIDENTS living along Tavakubu Rd in Natokawaqa Stage One, Lautoka, have raised concerns about a derelict home that is the scene for drinking parties and indiscriminate sexual activity.
Zabir Ali, a resident whose home is adjacent to the scene of weekly drunken orgies, said he feared for the safety of his daughter and other young children in the area.
“The house is directly opposite the Lautoka Methodist Primary School and it is used in the afternoons and evenings for these wild parties,” the 47-year-old said.
“We have contacted the Methodist Church who is the owner of the property and police to inform them of what is going on but no action has been taken so far.”
Police spokesperson Naina Ragigia said officers from Lautoka had attended to numerous reports and in one incident they took in a number of youths for questioning.
“They were warned and then released,” she said.
“We can only take strong steps if they are caught in the middle of a criminal activity.”
Methodist Church general secretary Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa said after making enquiries with the Wesley Lautoka Circuit of the Church’s Indian Division, he discovered that they had a 99-year lease document from the State that was issued last year.
“Their long-term plan is to develop a halfway home to assist the needy and underprivileged of our community. They hope to begin this project this year,” he said.
“At this stage, they have a constraint in that the Lautoka City Council arrears for city rates is amounting to some $26,000 plus a further similar amount in interest.”
Dr Vakadewavosa said the new 99-year lease rates were up-to-date and the church had written to the Lautoka City Council to discuss the rates arrears.
Source : Fiji Connect Lounge. 02/ 01 /2016