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Ratu Livai Derenalagi Claims He Is The Rightful Tui Nawaka

A new chiefly row has broken out in Nadi. This time in the vanua of Nawaka. The dispute is over the Tui Nawaka title. This comes in the wake of
10 May 2017 13:29
Ratu Livai Derenalagi Claims He Is The Rightful Tui Nawaka
Ratu Livai Derenalagi in Nadi on May 9, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A new chiefly row has broken out in Nadi. This time in the vanua of Nawaka.

The dispute is over the Tui Nawaka title.

This comes in the wake of a row over the Tui Nadi title.

Although Ratu Asaeli Driu was installed Tui Nawaka on December 13, 2013, claimant Ratu Livai Derenalagi said he would be installed this Friday.

Ratu Asaeli was installed a year after the death of his predecessor, Ratu Manasa Qoro Naevo.

Ratu Livai claimed that they appealed against the decision of the iTaukei Land and Fisheries Commission (TLFC) on March 23, 2017, because the installation was not done according to the protocol of the vanua.

“There should be consultations and the name of the new chief comes through in a consensus among the Tokatoka Waiwaitu,” he said.

Ratu Livai also claimed that as far back as before the Deed of Cession in 1874, the title had belonged to his family.

The chiefly title was passed to a Nalagi family member Ratu Meli Naureu temporarily because Ratu Livai’s father, Ratu Asesela Dere, was physically disabled. The understanding was that the title was to return to the original holders.

But this has not happened and has caused the row in a bid to challenge the present title holder at the sitting of the tribunal to determine the rightful holder.

Ratu Asaeli did not wish to comment when approached at his village.

However, Sauturaga (kingmakers) spokesperson Jeremaia Driu said: “The vanua has made their decision and we have done the installation of the Tui Nawaka and there will be no other changes.”

The TLFC chairperson Ratu Vananalagi yesterday said there was no need for another installation.

“I’ve met with this group and had advised them of the procedures to follow,” Ratu Vananalagi said.

“All they have to do is write a letter to the Roko who will forward it to the TLFC. Once we receive the letter we will work on it and if they still do not go with our decision and the matter will be forwarded to the Tribunal.

“The decision of the Tribunal will be final and cannot be challenged,” Ratu Vananalagi said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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