FORESTS Minister Douglas Tomuriesa needs to ensure all logging in SABL (special agriculture and business lease) areas is stopped immediately.
The Minister has given assurances that 74 special agriculture and business leases that were illegally obtained have been revoked and customary landowners would retain their land.
The Minister is claiming the leases have been revoked, but logging still continues in many of the areas. He needs to ensure the logging is immediately stopped as it is illegal.
The Minister’s statement, as reported in The National newspaper owned by Malaysian logging company Rimbunan Hijau, was contradicted by Lands Secretary Romilly Kila Pat who says only 27 SABLs have been revoked.