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Protect Women, Civil Servants, Satakala Tells Navosa Leaders

Nurse’s water cut off, teacher allegedly raped by youths
11 Jul 2019 15:36
Protect Women, Civil Servants, Satakala Tells Navosa Leaders
Turaga na Yatani Vusu Ratu Siriako Ciriwai and Commissioner Western Joji Satakala during the Provincial Council yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

Traditional leaders of the province of Nadroga/Navosa were yesterday urged to look after women with dignity.

Commissioner Western Joji Satakala made the request at the Nadroga/Navosa Provincial Council meeting at Nasigatoka Village yesterday.

He mentioned two major cases this year in Navosa, in which women suffered indignities.

One involved the closure of water supply at the nursing station at Nukuilau and the other was the rape of a 36-year-old teacher allegedly by a group of youths.

Mr Satakala did not mince his words, saying both incidents were serious and all stakeholders needed to work with the Government to eradicate this menace in society.

“A few months ago, the civil servants based outside the urban areas have faced some terrifying incidents in the province, which include rape and villagers cutting off water supply to a nursing station,” he said.

“We are not taking this inhumane treatment lightly, especially when these women give their time to serve in your province.

As leaders of your traditional setting there is a need to look after our women and girls since they are the biggest wealth in our communities because they connect various communities by marriage.

“There is trust when civil servants come to serve society.

“They need to be treated with dignity in order to carry out their service well.

“I sincerely hope acts of shame are not repeated.”

Commissioner Western Joji Satakala (garland) with traditional leaders at the Nadroga/Navosa Provincial Council meeting at Nasigatoka Village on July 10, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Commissioner Western Joji Satakala (garland) with traditional leaders at the Nadroga/Navosa Provincial Council meeting at Nasigatoka Village on July 10, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Foreign vessels

Mr Satakala also stressed the importance for those who live near the sea to be mindful of the foreign vessels which enter Fiji waters without proper documents.

“We need to be mindful of our iqoliqoli (traditional fishing ground), our ocean because the number of foreign vessels coming into Fiji has increased tremendously.

“There are a lot of fishy activities out there. If you suspect one report it to Fiji Ports,” he said.

“They cannot access land, but only through the villages by presenting isevusevu. Some of them are believed to be transporting illicit drugs. We need to be aware of those developments.”

Working together

Mr Satakala said Government continued to stress the importance of working in collaboration to improve lives in the province.

He said attention should also be given to empower women in their respective communities.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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