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iTaukei To Come Under One Roof

iTaukei To Come Under One Roof
From left:Fiji Crop and Livestock Council chief executive officer Jiu Daunivalu, Lavenia Tamanivalu a dalo and yaqona farmer from Burerua, Tailevu draws a value chain while the other farmers looks on.
September 10
07:46 2014

The iTaukei should never be influenced by politicians who are trying to divide them, says Bau high chief, Ratu Joji Cakobau.

His chiefly advice is: “The iTaukei should be united now and to be united it means for them to come under one roof.”

Speaking at Mokani Village, Tailevu yesterday he said some politicians were trying to divide the iTaukei without understanding that the iTaukei were related to each other.

Politics, he said, if carried out correctly would be good for the people but it was sad they were seeing the bad side of it. The bad politics, he said, had seen families and villages divided.

“We need good politics to unite all the people.”

He said the iTaukei could only be united if they had the right mindset. The way forward for them, he said was to be inclusive and move with those living beside them.

“Don’t just think of the iTaukei people, think of the others living beside you.”

He reminded the iTaukei people that – “we are all equal and not the iTaukei first.”

The others, he said, had contributed immensely to the development of Fiji and at no time should they be left aside.

He reminded the iTaukei that as they move forward they should not forget their past. “Don’t leave without your past.”

The Bau chief refuted claims by the Social Democratic Party (SODELPA) that iTaukei landownership was under threat.

He said at no time was the iTaukei landownership under threat because in past constitutions, indigenous people’s land was protected.

“All constitutions, including the 2013 Constitution protected itaukei land.”

Talking about the Land Bank, he said, all iTaukei land deposited in the Land Bank was safe and would be returned when the lease expired. He reminded landowners that land in the Land Bank were deposited only after the consent of the landowners.

For the chiefs vying for a seat in parliament his advice to them is to quit and look after their people.

Once chiefs enter politics, he said, their people were secondary as their priority would be on party politics.

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