The signature of the Secretary for Lands, Pepi Kimas, appears on the gazettal notices for leases taking away customary landowner rights to over 3.4 million hectares of land.
This appears to contradict Kimas's claims, Post Courier 5 April, that his Department is not responsible for the huge loss of land through 99-year Special Agricuture Business Leases over the last 5 years.
A full analysis of the 74 SABLs, which cover some 5.239 million hectares of land shows Pepi Kimas signature on 56 of the leases, previous Lands Minister, Puka Temu's signature on 9, Romilly Kila-Pat's on 6 and Anthony Luben's on 3.
|Minister/delegate||No. SABLs||Area (ha)|
|Dr Puka Temu||9||920,122|
|Pepi S. Kimas||56||3,430,531|