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Dissident iTaukei Groups Threat

Unity in most iTaukei villages is being affected by the presence of dissident groups. The Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Savenaca Kaunisela, told the Fiji Sun, most of these groups
30 Jun 2015 11:00
Dissident iTaukei Groups Threat
Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Savenaca Kaunisela says segregated iTaukei group is affecting unity.

Unity in most iTaukei villages is being affected by the presence of dissident groups.

The Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Savenaca Kaunisela, told the Fiji Sun, most of these groups arose from the different religions in the villages.

Mr Kaunisela said the groups brought in disrespect and this was slowly eroding the respect within the village circles.

“They don‘t respect the village,” he said

In an earlier interview with the acting headman (turaga-ni-koro) of Nokonoko Village in Ra, Asesela Tokatiko, had said most of the groups were formed by the youths.

In his village, he said the youths were bringing in new cultures of illegal activities like smoking marijuana.

Mr Tokatiko also said there were cases of early pregnancy within the village in which they were involved.

Mr Kaunisela said as the group was involved in illegal activities, the headmen should report them to Police and ask them to investigate.

He said the iTaukei Affairs Board had recently carried out leadership training in the province of Ra and this would be done for all the iTaukei villages.

In this training village elders were reminded of their roles as heads of their families and also their traditional roles within the village.

He said most of the traditional roles were not practised in villages which had affected their chiefly leadership.

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