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Don’t Politicise Chiefs, Says PM

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has warned against the politicisation of the chiefly system. He made the statement during the traditional welcome ceremony at the Lomaiviti Provincial Office in Levuka on
09 Sep 2015 12:03
Don’t Politicise Chiefs, Says PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama meets students of Visoto District School in Ovalau yesterday. The Prime Minister was in Ovalau to attend the National Climate Change Summit 2015 in Levuka where he gave the opening address. Photo: Manhar Lal

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has warned against the politicisation of the chiefly system.

He made the statement during the traditional welcome ceremony at the Lomaiviti Provincial Office in Levuka on Monday night.

Mr Bainimarama said he was not against the chiefs but he was against their politicisation.

He warned the chiefs to be very careful about what they heard and the types of conversation they got involved in because they could lead to trouble.

“We will not take away your chiefly status. It is protected under the Constitution,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“People should not be persuaded by political agendas that arose during the 2014 elections which continue to pop up again. People should ignore rumours as they bring nothing but trouble,” he said.

He said this problem had landed a few people from the West on the wrong side of the law. Therefore, he told the people they should be wise and make the right decision; a  decision that would “benefit your family and your generation.

“Everything that you hear from other parties about the Constitution is all wrong. I would know because I was one of those that made the Constitution,” he said.

He said the Constitution was there to protect the people especially our land, our tradition and most importantly our economic prosperity.

“The Government looks at the equality of all people in order to bring prosperity for all,” he said.
He was in Levuka to open the National Climate Change Summit 2015 yesterday.

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