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Chiefly Blessing

Message conveyed in traditional iqaloqalovi ceremony in Nadi Jyoti Pratibha and Waisea Nasokia Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama and his proposed political party were given a chiefly blessing
09 Apr 2014 10:16

Message conveyed in traditional iqaloqalovi ceremony in Nadi

Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama with a supporter during his visit to Nadi yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama with a supporter during his visit to Nadi yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Jyoti Pratibha and Waisea Nasokia

Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama and his proposed political party were given a chiefly blessing in Nadi last night.
In a private dinner hosted by the Taukei Naua, Ratu Ponijese Lou, at his home in Saunaka Village, the blessing was conveyed to him in the traditional iqaloqalovi presentation of the tabua (whalestooth).
Isaia Saukuru, Turaga ni mataqali/yavusa Sivo, and matanivanua (herald), who presented the tabua said “me kalougata tiko na nomuni pati” meaning “we wish you and your proposed party all the best”.  Symbolically, it means the chiefs and the people have given their blessing. Also present were the Tui Nadi, Ratu Sailosi Dawai, (pictured/inset) and a representative of the Tui Sabeto, Ratu Tevita Mataitoga.
Earlier in the day, the Tui Vuda, Ratu Kitione Tavaiqia, invited Mr Bainimarama to his chiefly residence in Viseisei to declare his support for the PM’s  proposed party.
Hundreds of people gathered to discuss the proposed party and signed up to become members.
Mr Bainimarama told them  he was in the West to seek their signatures so that he could register his proposed party.
“I am really touched by the warmth of people in the Western Division on how they have welcomed me and my proposed FijiFirst Party over the last two days,” he said.
He said he was visiting the main town areas only because he was not campaigning. After meeting many people in Nadi, the PM and his blue bus received a rousing welcome in Sigatoka, where the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, joined the PM.
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