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Vanua of Lau Split :Chairman Taoba questions Nadera meeting

The chairman of the Bose Ni Vanua Ko Lau, Ilisoni Taoba, has dissociated himself from a meeting between Ro Teimumu Kepa and a Laun delegation at Ono-i-lau House, Nadera on
29 Aug 2014 16:38

The chairman of the Bose Ni Vanua Ko Lau, Ilisoni Taoba, has dissociated himself from a meeting between Ro Teimumu Kepa and a Laun delegation at Ono-i-lau House, Nadera on Wednesday.

He said he knew nothing about it.

“I’m the chairman of the Bose Ni Vanua Ko Lau and I was appointed by the late Tui Nayau, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. I must admit I know nothing or even being informed of the meeting at Ono-i-lau House.”

Ro Teimumu, SODELPA leader and paramount chief of Rewa, accepted a traditional request supposedly from representatives of the Bose ni Vanua ko Lau, to represent Lau in the September 17 general election. The reps made the presentation because they said their candidate, Anare Jale, did not qualify for failing the residential qualification test. Mr Jale, one of the organisers of the meeting, said last night he would respond later.

Mr Taoba said the Bose Ni Vanua ko Lau had totally distanced itself from all that happened at Ono-i-lau House on Wednesday.

As a member of the chiefly Vuanirewa clan, he said he was not even informed of the meeting.

He said the people of Lau had already decided the candidate they would vote for and what type of government they wanted to lead the nation.

The vanua, he said, should not be involved in politics.

“We only have one constituency and all parliamentarians will look after all the provinces and Fiji,” he said.

The Lau and Rewa connection, he said, would still be there but should not be used for politics.

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