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Ratu Epenisa March Row

Bau Chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau is embroiled in a row over the Nadi march last Saturday. The row has culminated with Ratu Epenisa filing a complaint with the Police against
16 Jan 2018 12:15
Ratu Epenisa March Row
Ratu Epenisa Cakobau (circled) was among those in the march in Nadi on January 13, 2018, supporting Air Terminal Services workers who are on strike. Ratu Epenisa has also been seen at SODELPA events. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Bau Chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau is embroiled in a row over the Nadi march last Saturday.

The row has culminated with Ratu Epenisa filing a complaint with the Police against two men who alleg­edly swore at him on social media.

Ratu Epenisa said yesterday: “It’s right now with the cops. I have lodged a complaint.” Police have confirmed it too.

When asked about why he joined the Fiji Trades Union Congress-or­ganised march in support of some striking Air Terminal Services workers, he replied he had already spoken to “one of your reporters” before he put the phone down.

But on his Facebook page, Ratu Epenisa said he was happy to have participated in the march. He had earlier visited the strikers at the picket line.

But he said on his Facebook page that two men swore at him for being part of the march.

Ratu Epenisa stated he didn’t know the men, but would be visit­ing them for saying ‘nasty’ things to him.

Those who responded to his post encouraged him to report the mat­ter to the Police.

One of Ratu Epenisa’s supporters questioned the two men on what they were trying to prove by abus­ing a high chief.

Ratu Epenisa is a son of the late Ratu Sir George Cakobau, the first local Governor-General of Fiji, Vu­nivalu of Bau and paramount chief of the Kubuna Confederacy.

Ratu Epenisa was elected to the House of Representative in 1999 as a candidate for the Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) under its leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

He has been seen attending SO­DELPA meetings.

Edited by Percy Kean

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