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‘First Of Its Kind’ Chiefly Installation At Cuvu

Government had officially recognised the newly-installed chief of Nadroga/Navosa province, Turaga Na Ka Levu 88-year-old Ratu Kinijoji Vosailagi. The letter of recognition was personally hand -delivered to Ratu Kinijoji by
08 Aug 2015 14:27
‘First Of Its Kind’ Chiefly Installation At Cuvu
Turaga na Ka Levu Ratu Kinijioji Nanovo Vosailagi is blessed during the installation at the Cuvu Methodist Church in Nadroga yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Government had officially recognised the newly-installed chief of Nadroga/Navosa province, Turaga Na Ka Levu 88-year-old Ratu Kinijoji Vosailagi.

The letter of recognition was personally hand -delivered to Ratu Kinijoji by the Deputy Secretary for the iTaukei Affairs Board (TAB) Apakuki Kurusiga after the installation yesterday at Cuvu Village, Nadroga.

In delivering the letter Mr Kurusiga said:“Please accept the letter from the iTaukei Affairs, to formally inform you that your chiefly position has been recognised by the Government and the Ministry for the iTaukei Affairs and its Minister, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, and has been registered.”

Mr Kurusiga, who witnessed the installation, said it was the first of its kind in Nadroga/Navosa and this was a request by the chiefs in the province. Chiefly installations are a notoriously lavish affair, but yesterday’s simple ceremony just involved a church service and a special prayer of blessings over Ratu Kinijoji. No yaqona was served during the installation, only after lunch had been served.

The President of the Methodist Church in Fiji, the Reverend Tevita Banivanua led the blessing over the new Turaga Na Ka Levu yesterday at the Cuvu Methodist Church.

Ratu Kinijoji addressed the congregation before the sermon by Rev Banivanua.

In his short address before the sermon, Ratu Kinijoji said that installed chiefs must serve the people and not be served.

“We all need the light to lead us in all our path ways and God to be above all things we do as we are his servants,” he said.

He also talked about the importance of unity.

Rev Banivanua said that this was the first time a paramount chief had been installed this way.

“These are the new changes that we are going through and we respect the wishes,” he said.

“I would stress that we should seek the blessing from God above us and always rely on him just like the days of King David and King Solomon. “

He asked the Turaga Na Ka Levu to always think about the underprivileged.

“It is common as well with the leadership in Government that we need to make all strong.”

Invited guests included the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa who had strong blood ties with the chiefly Nakuruvakarua clan.

Also present was Roko Tui Bau Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, Ratu Tua’kitau Cokanauto, and Ratu Epenisa Cakobau.

 

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