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IN BETWEEN The LINES

IN BETWEEN The LINES
June 04
14:25 2018

VUNIVALU MOVE MOVING AHEAD

More and more interesting devel­opments on that little island off the Tailevu coast.

Seems those who want Ratu Epeni Cakobau installed to the long vacant title of Vunivalu are pressing ahead. They plan an installation on Bau this Friday.

However, the split amongst those who once played such a prominent role in chiefly times past won’t go away.

Because of the split warriors who traditionally provide security for such an event have withdrawn.

Another warrior clan has been brought in. They will guard the Bau landing and the installation proper on the chiefly island.

Fiji Sun has been reliably informed that the kingmaker will carry out his traditional duty.

After the installation a letter will be written to inform the Roko Tui to confirm the installation.

This letter will be signed by the Roko Tui and forwarded to the chairman of the iTaukei Lands and Fisheries Commission for the installation to be registered and formally recognised by Govern­ment.

But the group against the instal­lation includes some within the Tui Kaba household who will stay away from the event.

It is possible that the Govern­ment will not accept the letter because of disunity within the Tui Kaba clan.

An interesting week ahead.

CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP?

Could that party which in times past symbolised the Indo-Fijian political presence be about to see some divisions of a new kind.

Could it see the emergence of an iTaukei leader as its current leader languishes in the polls?

Some within have apparently been thinking about it.

 

CHIEFLY ‘LEASE’

A provincial council office has been operating on land for more than 70 years without a lease agreement.

Last year the council made a tra­ditional presentation to the chiefly clan who are the owners of the land. About 10 tabua were used.

Now it is working with the land­owners, Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs and Lands Department for a lease agreement.

The council needs the lease because it wants to make some developments on the leased land to get money to help provincial operations.

The chiefly clan has not demand­ed anything from all the years the office had been on their land.

A real chiefly gesture.

 

SUVAVOU REVISTED

The people of Suvavou Village across Suva harbour in Lami have long felt aggrieved as they have seen Suva grow and prosper on what was their land. That was until they were moved off it long ago in colonial times.

They have aired their concerns to past governments but no change has been made. Hope is high now in Suvavou that a caring Govern­ment is leading the nation.

They have been informed to write a letter, which they have done. They are now crossing their fingers for a more positive reply than they got from past governments.

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