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Traditional Leaders Prompted To Act On Roles

Traditional Leaders Prompted To Act On Roles
Villagers at the training by the iTaukei Affairs at Mataniwai Village outside Labaa Town earlier this week. Photo: Josaia Ralago
March 17
11:00 2017


A recent round of training by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs in the district of Labasa has helped traditional leaders to strengthen their roles and lead people in the right direction.

Turaga ni Yavusa Bucaisau, Ratu Alipate Lautiki said the training was conducted to assist members of the iTaukei communities understand their traditional roles and its importance.

Ratu Alipate said there were a lot of discrepancies in the iTaukei village settings today because people failed to understand their roles and responsibilities.

“I for one, am very thankful to the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs for coming to us and elaborating on the roles that we play and its importance,” he said.

“A huge part of our tradition and custom is slowly slipping away because we fail to understand our roles, who we are.

“We will soon call for a number of meetings within Bucaisau, first between the mataqalis before we call one for the yavusa.

“This particular point raised during the training is something we believe to be true and in order for us to nip the issue by the bud, we first need to know who we are.”

Ratu Alipate said there were two traditional posts within the yavusa which has been vacant for years now as the members of those clans have all died.

“We will first have a meeting and see how things go before we could consider filling up these posts again.

“But as of now, we need to first call a meeting before we proceed. It will be something that will be decided as a yavusa.”

He said these were the chief’s traditional spokesman clan, matanivanua, and the traditional warriors, bati.

“There are only three clans left now within the vanua, which includes the Turaga clan, Sauturaga and the Bete clans.”

The training was held at a number of villages including Nasekula, Bulileka, Mataniwai and some others within the Labasa district.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra


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