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Bulitavu Backs PM On Chiefs

Lawyer and SODELPA MP Mosese Bulitavu claims the chiefly system is not the iTaukei’s ancient heritage. He also claims it is a “colonial legacy” created to protect the supremacy of
29 Sep 2015 10:53
Bulitavu Backs PM On Chiefs
SODELPA Opposition MP Mosese Bulitavu

Lawyer and SODELPA MP Mosese Bulitavu claims the chiefly system is not the iTaukei’s ancient heritage.

He also claims it is a “colonial legacy” created to protect the supremacy of Bau.

He endorses Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s move to abolish the Great Council Chiefs (Bose Levu Vakaturaga) saying the GCC was the creation of the British colonialists. It was a form of “indirect rule” where the British used the GCC to govern and control the iTaukei.

“To reinstate the GCC to what if we bring it back,” he said last night.

His claims set him on a collision course with his party’s and the Fiji Native Tribal Congress’s publicly stated position on the issue.  He also caused a stir in the chiefly fraternity.

Mr Bulitavu said last night he reached his conclusion after completing an extensive research into the country’s history (Read full text of his opinion, pages 21,22). He said we needed to turn to history to know why and how the iTaukei had had so many conflicts in their chequered political history. He said the split in SODELPA was part of it.

He said Mr Bainimarama still had to finish the work he had started.

“The consequence of ‘indirect rule’ in the post-colonial construction of Fiji provided the platform of a chiefly system engineered by Bau which Bainimarama has not fully dismantled,” he said.

“This can only be approached within the border framework of the existing iTaukei Affairs Act for the good government and welfare of the iTaukei people and not to be pursued to establish a monarchial model that opposes the State’s duty to protect public interest.”

Mr Bulitavu also traced the history behind the vacant title of the Vunivalu of Bau.

Bau chief, Ratu George Cakobau, one of the contenders for the title, said Mr Bulitavu was entitled to his opinion.

“My response is that he is a lawyer and his opinion is his own as a lawyer,” Ratu George said.

Ratu George’s elder sister, Adi Litia Cakobau warned Mr Bulitavu not to mention anything about Bau and the Vunivalu title.

She said she would like to meet with Mr Bulitavu to correct the information he had with him.

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs, Savenaca Kauinisela said Mr Bulitavu was entitled to his opinion. No SODELPA or FNTC officials could be reached to comment last night.

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