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Ratu Asaeli is Tui Nawaka, Commission Announces

Ratu Asaeli is Tui Nawaka, Commission Announces
Tui Nawaka Ratu Asaeli Driu Naevo
July 19
11:00 2017

The iTaukei Land and Fisheries Commission (TLFC) has announced that Ratu Asaeli Driu Naevo is the Tui Nawaka, Nadi.

This was confirmed by the TLFC representative Tevita Cokanasiga on behalf of chairperson Ratu Vananalagi Vesikula.

The dispute was between Ratu Asaeli and the challenger Ratu Livai Derenalagi.

Sauturaga (kingmakers) spokesperson Jeremaia Driu said: “It was an auspicious day for the vanua of Nawaka.”

After the message was relayed, the vanua Nawaka met at the Nalagi, (chiefly residence) where both parties sat and enjoyed a yaqona session.

“The meeting was handled in a peaceful manner and the vanua will move forward to carry out its duties,” he said.

Mr Driu said the vanua had made its decision and “there would be no other changes”.

The challenger, Ratu Livai Derenalagi said: “I am not happy with the decision but I have 90 days to appeal.”

This chiefly row broke out originally after Ratu Asaeli Driu Naevo was installed as Tui Nawaka on December 13, 2013.

The installation ratified by the TLFC.

His rival, Ratu Livai Derenalagi, was installed by his group on May 12 this year.

A protest was lodged with the TLFC, claiming he was the rightful holder.

Ratu Livai claimed that they appealed against the decision of the (TLFC) on March 23, 2017.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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