Vuda Leads The Way For Chiefly Successors
The vanua of Vuda in Lautoka have the best model of a chiefly system, especially in regards to the selection of a chief, should the Tui Vuda dies.
Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua said the people of Vuda have also maintained the old system of lease distribution.
This he said highlighted the fact that theTuiVuda is highly respected.
Upon the death of a Tui Vuda, the new chief taking over is installed the next day.
Mr Katonitabua said this was why the vanua of Vuda had the best model of a chiefly system.
“The thing with the vanua of Vuda is the decision is unilateral because they talk about it and groom the next chief.
“They go back to the old ways of lease distribution where they decide themselves.
“Although Government had asked for equal distribution, they thought the old system was the best and was good for them and this was the sign of their respect for the chief,” Mr Katonitabua said.
As for disputes over chiefly titles in other parts of the country, Mr Katonitabua said the trend would continue.
“Disputes over chiefly titles will continue because there is a lack of consultations within the vanua and through thispeople come up with their own views on who the next chief should be,” he said.
“What the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs is doing now is coming back to having the vanua structure itself so that people know where they stand.
“We are reaffirming with the people their roles to the vanua.”
Mr Katonitabua said once the structure was in place and agreed by everyone, than they would not be having disputes.
Meanwhile, the ongoing dispute regarding the title of the Vunivalu of Natewa is a battle between three factions who are all claiming rights to the title.
Mr Katonitabua said a team from the Ministry would be in Natewa next week for arbitration hearing in an effort to settle the dispute.
Edited by Caroline Ratucadra