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Apologise, Chiefs Tell Naiqama

Five prominent chiefs in the Macuata province have urged suspended parliamentarian Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu to publicly apologise to Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni. Ratu Naiqama, the traditional head of
29 May 2015 09:07
Apologise, Chiefs Tell Naiqama

Five prominent chiefs in the Macuata province have urged suspended parliamentarian Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu to publicly apologise to Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni. Ratu Naiqama, the traditional head of the Tovata conferedacy and member of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) was suspended for two years for uttering a slur against Dr Luveni at a SODELPA constituency meeting three weeks ago. His suspension was effective from Friday, last week.

The five chiefs, who attended Macuata Day celebrations in Labasa yesterday, also want Ratu Naiqama’s suspension to be reduced if he apologises.

Tui Nadogo Ilisaniti Malodali said respect for the law should be paramount.

“The law is always there, whether in Parliament or out of Parliament we should respect it,” Mr Malodali said.

He maintained that Ratu Naiqama should apologise and the Government and Parliament should reconsider the length of his suspension.

“We all make mistakes but what I am trying to say is for the Government should at least cut down the suspension to one year.”

Speaking on behalf of Ratu Manoa Rokobatidua the Ramasi (chief) of Seaqaqa district Ratu Sailosi Turagasau said that everyone made mistakes and should be forgiven.

“Ratu Naiqama should admit that his wrong and should apologise publicly to the Speaker of the house,” Ratu Sailosi said.

He said Fijians always talked about Christian values and it was a good time to put them into practice.

“Ratu Naiqama is also a paramount chief in Vanua Levu and he should uphold the chiefly position and ask for forgiveness from the Speaker,” said Ratu Sailosi.

Ratu Sailosi said the Government and Parliament should then reconsider their decision and reduce Ratu Naiqama’s suspension period.

Similar sentiments were shared by Buli Cikobia Nisimere Ditukana.

“We are iTaukei and apologising is one of our virtue and yes Ratu Naiqama will apologise because he is the paramount chief,” Mrs Ditukana said.

She urged the Government to reconsider the length of the suspension.

Tui Namuka Ratu Tevita Niumataiwalu said he really felt sorry of Tui Cakau.

“The punishment is too harsh and Government should reconsider its decision,” Ratu Tevita said.

Tui Mali Apenisa Uate backed the comments made by Buli Cikobia and Tui Namuka.

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