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PM Accepts Nayarabale Apology

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has accepted the traditional apology of a village in the Cakaudrove province regarding the 2006 takeover, and their reaction towards it at the time. Lote Turaga,
16 Jan 2016 11:52
PM Accepts Nayarabale Apology
Men from the District of Vatudrova gathered at Vunisalusalu Central School in Cakaudrove Province after seeking forgiveness from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has accepted the traditional apology of a village in the Cakaudrove province regarding the 2006 takeover, and their reaction towards it at the time.

Lote Turaga, chief of Nayarabale in the district of Vaturova, performed a matanigasau to Mr Bainimarama which was confirmed by Commissioner Northern Joseva Vocea.

Mr Vocea said the chief had told the Prime Minister that the villagers opposed the takeover but as time passed, they had begun to see the positive changes taking shape.

“They looked at the many developments and activities the Government has been doing for the people,” Mr Vocea said.

“During the first week of every year they do soul-cleansing and a lot of religious soul-searching activities and prayers.”

Hence, the Prime Minister’s tour to the North was an opportune time to perform the ritual.

“For a long time they felt it was a burden that they were carrying,” Mr Vocea said.

“When they heard that the Prime Minister would be coming to open the two classrooms at Vunisalusalu Central School, they grabbed the opportunity to meet him.

“They presented the tabua (whale’s tooth) asking for forgiveness from him,” Mr Vocea said.

And in a forgiving gesture, the Prime Minister accepted the tabua.

“Government wants to move forward and their focus is on the whole development of Fiji and improving lives of the people.”

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa
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