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Respect For Chiefs Maintained: Government

The Government maintains its respect for chiefs although the Great Council of Chiefs has been abolished. Savenaca Kaunisela, Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, said this at a consultation meeting in
23 May 2015 11:33
Respect For Chiefs Maintained: Government
From left: Chairman of iTaukei Land and Fisheries Commission Ratu Vananalagi Vesikula, Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Savenaca Kaunisela, deputy secretary Apakuki Kurusiga and manager central/ eastern Ela Manuku during the iTaukei Affairs Roadshow at Burebasaga last night. Photo: Rama

The Government maintains its respect for chiefs although the Great Council of Chiefs has been abolished.

Savenaca Kaunisela, Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, said this at a consultation meeting in Burebasaga Village, Rewa, last night.

He was responding to Solomone Tuinasau, Tikina rep for Burebasaga.  Mr Tuinasau asked why the Great Council of Chief was abolished.

He said this was not the first time the GCC had been abolished.

Mr  Kaunisela said the GCC was first abolished in 1906 by the Governor at the time.

He said it was reinstated in 1912.

“This Government supports and respects chiefs, “ he said.

He said the GCC met once a year and its decisions did not represent the wishes of the people.

“Now Government developments are designed to benefit everyone. At the same time the chiefs are respected,” he said.

Mr Kaunisela said there had been rumours that the provincial councils and the Roko Tui would be scrapped.

It had also been claimed that the VKB would be scrapped. “This is not true. People need to know that iTaukei institutions are safe and intact. They are protected by the Constitution,” he said.

VKB registration

The Commissioner for iTaukei Land and Fisheries Commission, Ratu Vananalagi Vesikula, said they were concerned that iTaukei children had not been registered in the VKB.

The VKB is the iTaukei registry of births and deaths.

“On average, 10 in every village in 1017 villages, are not registered,” he said.

By the same token, some iTaukei who died 20 years ago were still registered as alive in the VKB.

Village boundaries

Villages that fail to co-operate with the surveying of their boundaries will miss out on Government development help.

Apakuki Kurusiga, deputy Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, said villages would be classified as settlements if the survey was not done.

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