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12 Weddings In A day

The Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, in its roadshow at Nabukaluka Village, Naitasiri, last week conducted 12 weddings. The Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Savenaca Kaunisela said couples who wed had
05 May 2015 10:16
12 Weddings In A day

The Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, in its roadshow at Nabukaluka Village, Naitasiri, last week conducted 12 weddings.

The Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Savenaca Kaunisela said couples who wed had been living together for years – the oldest was 60 years old.

Mr Kaunisela said the weddings were conducted so that the offsprings of the couples could be registered into the Vola Ni Kawa Bula (VKB) or Register of Native Landowners.

“Because they were not legally married, their children could not be entered in the VKB.

“The wedding ceremony was carried out by a marriage officer within the ministry who was also part of the roadshow,” he said.

Soon after the wedding, they were registered and their children were entered into the VKB and handed their birth certificates.

The VKB, he said, was specifically meant to register all itaukei into their respective land owning unit.

He said only children with itaukei fathers were eligible for registration in the VKB.

“If a child is born and the father is itaukei and is entered in the VKB, then the child automatically registers to his father’s land owning unit,” he said.

This, he said, was regardless of the whether the mother was itaukei or another race.

However, he said if the child was born to an itaukei woman and the father was not an itaukei, then the child could not be registered because the father was not registered on the VKB.

Mr Kaunisela said children with itaukei fathers and mothers born out of wedlock could be registered in the VKB under their mothers.

He stressed that children should be reminded that their rights within the mataqali (clan) was limited just only to their mothers’.

He said there were cases where a child is entered into the VKB of the mother.

This, he said, could only happen if the father was an itaukei man.

Today the ministry will carry out its roadshow in Navua for the Serua and Namosi province.

He said officers at the roadshow would be ready to offer help to those in the two provinces and organise weddings if the need be.

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