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Fiji for all:Lomaiviti

By TALEBULA      KATE The province of Lomaiviti wants the new constitution to promote Fiji where people of all races, religion and culture can live together in peace and harmony.
02 Oct 2012 07:37

By TALEBULA
     KATE

The province of Lomaiviti wants the new constitution to promote Fiji where people of all races, religion and culture can live together in peace and harmony.
Presenting the submission on behalf of the Lomaiviti Provincial Council, Inoke Navuetaki told the Constitution Commission at the Eli Peceli Hall in Levuka at the weekend that the constitution was to remain the supreme law of Fiji.
Mr Navuetaki said the new constitution should have a provision which clearly spelt out that all citizens should respect the constitution.
He said the Lomaiviti Provincial Council supported the idea of retaining the Compact chapter of the 1997 Constitution and it should be modified and amended to suit post 1997 developments. On land and iqoliqoli rights, Mr Navuetaki said the council proposed that all the provisions in the 1997 Constitution that provided safeguard for native land and fishing rights be retained but further enhanced in the new constitution.
“For the iTaukei, the land is our life, it is our existence, the concept of vanua is all-encompassing covering the earth, we stand on, the rivers and seas and most importantly, the people, their traditions, culture and beliefs,” he said.
“The Lomaiviti province recommends that a commission for fishing rights be set up to review fishing rights and reaffirm principles in consideration of sustainable sustenance by indigenous natives.”
The Lomaiviti province also told the Commission they supported the concept of freedom of religion and beliefs.
However,  Mr Navuetaki stressed: “the constitution must mention the conversion of my forefathers from heathenism to Christianity through the power of the Lord Jesus Christ; the enduring influence of Christianity in these islands and its contribution along with that of other faiths  to the spiritual life of Fiji.”




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