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Elders Request For More Time To Consult

There were 25 submissions received and the majority were in support for the implementation of the proposed village bylaws. The chiefly clan of Lalagavesi and the elders of Somosomo Village,
09 Feb 2017 11:00
Elders Request For More Time To Consult
From left: Saimoni Waibuta, Deputy Secretary iTaukei Affairs and Chairman of Village Bylaws committee, Permanent Secretary iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua and Aminiasi Katonivualiku panel member at Somosomo Village.

There were 25 submissions received and the majority were in support for the implementation of the proposed village bylaws.

The chiefly clan of Lalagavesi and the elders of Somosomo Village, Taveuni, requested for more time to consult and clarify more on the proposed village bylaws.

The request was made during the sixth public consultation session at Somosomo Village on Monday.

Permanent Secretary Naipote Katonitabua said Village Bylaws was necessary in reinforcing and safeguarding the iTaukei culture and traditions.

There were 25 submissions received and the majority were in support for the implementation of the proposed village bylaws.

Representative from Lamini Village, Vueti Logaiau supported the document saying that it was a historical event.

In making his submission, he highlighted the need for the application of the bylaws; and the responsibility and selection of the Turaga ni koro to meet the vast responsibilities listed in the document.

Mr Katonibau also commented on the absence of the youths in the consultation.

“This new path calls forth a joint effort from all segments of the communities, hence the voices of our youths is also significant for the sustainability of the village bylaws,” he said.

There were few issues raised during the consultation which includes:

  • The reactivation of the iTaukei court system to address noncriminal and breaches within the village bylaw.
  • Extension on the application of the bylaws to include those living outside the village boundary but within the mataqali land.
  • Request for increase in Turaga ni koro and Mata-ni-tikina allowances; damages caused by stray animals in farmlands, compulsory education and utilisations of village committees to preserve its own traditions and cultures.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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