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In 1996 it was reported in the local press ( Le Week End 13th of October 1996) that the management of a hotel known as "Le Grand Gaube" belonging to the Lonrho Group situated at Grand Gaube village ( North East ) had embarked in the erection of structures around a jetty used as a fish landing station by local fishermen. These structures consisted of small walls linked with chains. It appears that the management of the hotel did not seek prior approval from the competent authorities. The management justified its stand by the following press statement (Translated from the French) "to delimit the boundaries of the land that belongs to the hotel and especially to prevent day trippers from coming in great numbers by bus to the site and disturb the peace and quiet of the patrons of the hotel in search of tranquillity".
The fishermen objected to this "fait accompli" on three accounts:
Several petitions to the ministry for fisheries by the fishermen finally swayed the government to send a delegation to meet the parties concerned. The management of the hotel accepted that they had unilaterally erected the said walls and that they would very rapidly dismantle them.
At present it is not known whether this has been done.
Last Update: Thursday, January 22, 1998