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Ra Tells PM: We’re Sorry

The people of the vanua of Ra yesterday apologised to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in a traditional ceremony. The ceremony is called matanigasau (iTaukei traditional apology) and involves the presentation
14 Oct 2015 11:15
Ra Tells PM: We’re Sorry
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened the Rakiraki bridge yesterday.

The people of the vanua of Ra yesterday apologised to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in a traditional ceremony.

The ceremony is called matanigasau (iTaukei traditional apology) and involves the presentation of a tabua(whalestooth).

Mr Bainimarama, who was in Rakiraki to open the new $13.9 million Rakiraki Bridge, received the tabua and accepted the apology.

The apology was for the action of a few in the alleged attempt to set up a so-called Christian State in Ra.

Ra provincial administrator, Kelepi Kubunameca, said the tabua was presented by Ra Province ‘matanivanua’ (spokesperson), Apisalome Banuve, to Mr Bainimarama on behalf of Tui Navitilevu and the people of Ra.

“We have done this to seek the Prime minister’s forgiveness because of the recent alleged involvement of the people of Ra in so called rebel groups where the whole province’s image has been tainted just because of some few who were involved in it,” he said.

Mr Kubunameca said the people of Ra were happy with the response from the PM in accepting their apologies wholeheartedly.

“Today (yesterday) marks a new era for the Ra province and we are ready to fully engage with Government in building Fiji into a better nation,” he said.

“Basically Ra Province is disssociating themselves from such activities and most of these people involving themselves in this so – called rebel groups are from other provinces around Fiji and it is because of them, we have been labelled as Ra Rebel Group.

“The idea of presenting a matanigasau to PM came about when discussions were underway on the commissioning of our new bridge by the PM and we also thought that it would be a great time to present our traditional apologies,” he said.

Roko Tui Ra Mosese Nakoroi said: “This is just to reassure the Prime Minister and Government that Ra province is not involved in any activity that would disrupt democracy in Fiji and we have also reassured the PM that we will work with him.”

“We are happy that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has accepted our apologies and I believe through this, our relationship with the Government will be transformed from where we left off,” he said.

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