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Maintain Traditional Links: Chief Ro Teimumu Kepa told narovico villagers to keep connectng to Lomanikoro, Rewa

Maintain Traditional Links: Chief Ro Teimumu Kepa told narovico villagers to keep connectng to Lomanikoro, Rewa
The Marama Na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa (middle with fan) and women of Narocivo Village in Rewa with their home made handicraftt on April 17, 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
April 18
11:46 2017

She emphasised the need for people in the province to work together during what she claimed as “this difficult time for Fiji.”

The Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi and paramount chief of Rewa, Ro Teimumu Kepa yesterday reminded villagers of Narocivo to maintain their link to the chiefly clan in Lomanikoro, Rewa. She was speaking to the villagers of Narocivo during their fundraising day yesterday.

The villagers of Narocivo are the elders (qase ni vale) of the chiefly clan of Valelevu of Rewa.

Narocivo village headman, Semi Tubuna recounted the stories told by their elders.

“During the tribal wars in the past, we were requested by the then-Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Logavatu to find refuge in a land close to Lomanikoro Village as the village was attacked.

“On our journey to find new land, we came across Nadoi and Vunuku village which were all inhabited; we then relocated to a land called Mualekaleka which is now Narocivo,” Mr Tubuna said.

Ro Teimumu thanked the villagers of Narocivo for their support.

Ro Teimumu Kepa inspects the home made bed sheets and pillow cases displayed by the women of Narocivo Village in Rewa on April 17, 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Ro Teimumu Kepa inspects the home made bed sheets and pillow cases displayed by the women of
Narocivo Village in Rewa on April 17, 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

“Valelevu is what it is today because of the people of Mualekaleka whenever we needed people to come and carry out the work at the chiefly residence, and they did it to their best,” Ro Teimumu said.

Valelevu is also the name of the chiefly residence of the Gone Marama Bale Na Roko Tui Dreketi in Lomanikoro.

She emphasised the need for people in the province to work together during what she claimed as “this difficult time for Fiji.”

Ro Teimumu is the Leader of the Opposition and represents SODELPA in Parliament, but there has been speculation she could be linked to other political movements

Ro Teimumu also praised the work done by all village headmen in every village within the Rewa province.”

The Marama Na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa inspects at the home made handicraft displayed by women of Narocivo Village at their soli day in Rewa on April 17, 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

The Marama Na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa inspects at the home made handicraft displayed by women of Narocivo Village at their soli day in Rewa on April 17, 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

“I can see that God is working on the village headmen mind set, they are prompt in the way they are carrying out their work, keep-up the good work,” she said.

There are over 20 households in Narocivo village.  Mr Tubuna said only 30 per cent were currently residing in Narocivo village while 70 per cent lived in urban centres or overseas.

The one-day fundraiser is to assist in the building of the village hall.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

Feedback:  arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

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