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Kingmaker Calls For Unity Before Tui Labasa Installation

The traditional appointment of the next Tui Labasa has been put on hold until all reconciliation works are completed, says the head of the kingmaker clan. The head of the
22 Jan 2017 11:00
Kingmaker Calls For Unity  Before Tui Labasa Installation
Head of the Kingmakers clan for the Tui Labasa title Peni Taloga in Labasa yesterday. Photo: Josaia Ralago

The traditional appointment of the next Tui Labasa has been put on hold until all reconciliation works are completed, says the head of the kingmaker clan.

The head of the Mataqali Nailawa, Peni Taloga said they had not received any names nor nominated anyone for the position to date.

Mr Taloga refuted claims that they had identified the person to take over the chiefly position.

He said they had been visiting clans in the tikina o Labasa to relay their stand as they first want to pursue reconciliation amongst the people.

“It is important that the person chosen next is one that will be able to put the people and the vanua as his or her priority,” Mr Taloga said.

“The vanua o Labasa is not in its ideal state, people are still hurt over decisions made in the past and we wish to tell the people of Labasa that their plights will not fall on deaf ears.”

Mr Taloga said it was imperative that all stakeholders and people of Labasa come clean and unite before the chiefly title was occupied.

“People need to understand that unity within the vanua is very important and this is what we are pursuing it before the next Tui Labasa is installed,” he said.

He wished to clarify that all decisions within the vanua would be made by the Mataqali Nailawa before the next installation.

Mr Taloga said there are four sub-clans within the chiefly Wasavulu clan that they would choose from. Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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