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Ro Teimumu’s return significant

Rewans may be politically divided but they are still loyal to their traditional leader Rewa Province today enters a new phase in its push for developments to make its people’s
19 Mar 2014 09:40

Rewans may be politically divided but they are still loyal to their traditional leader

Rewa Province today enters a new phase in its push for developments to make its people’s lives better.
It begins with the return of its paramount chief, the Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, to the Rewa Provincial Council’s meeting. The two-day meeting at Vutia, Rewa, opens this morning with a full traditional ceremonies of welcome for Ro Teimumu. Last year, she stayed away from the council meeting in protest against the appointment of Uraia Waibuta as chairman to replace her. Mr Waibuta was appointed by the Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama.
Politics aside, she has made the right decision to be with her people. The buzz word in the province right now is development. There are roads and bridges to be built, water supply to be improved and schools to be upgraded. The Government has so far made significant progress in responding to the plight of the people. There is more still to be done. This additional development can be achieved faster if there is unity in the province. Ro Teimumu’s attendance today is the first step.
It requires the setting aside of political differences to achieve a common goal. While politics is an integral part of our preparation to return to democratic elections this year, it should not be allowed to frustrate development efforts.
Today’s events will show that while numerous Rewans may not agree with Ro Teimumu politically, they still regard her as their traditional leader.
Nemani Delaibatiki
Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj




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