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260 Traditional Titles Vacant In Cakaudrove

There are 260 traditional titles vacant in the province of Cakaudrove in Vanua Levu. Of the 260 there are five chiefly titles, 48 Turaga Ni Yavusa (tribal leaders) and 207
24 Jun 2018 12:13
260 Traditional Titles Vacant In Cakaudrove

There are 260 traditional titles vacant in the province of Cakaudrove in Vanua Levu.

Of the 260 there are five chiefly titles, 48 Turaga Ni Yavusa (tribal leaders) and 207 Turaga Ni Mataqali (clan leaders).

Native Lands Commission officer, Waisake Ratubalavu, said some of these titles may have been filled, but they have not registered with the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs.

Mr Ratubalavu said these traditional titles must be filled because law and order is not followed when a leader is not installed in a mataqali (clan), yavusa (tribe) and tikina (district).

“When there is no chief of the vanua, the people do their own thing and there can be confusion,” he said.

“People will not follow the law and procedures of the vanua and how it should normally run.

“The people of Cakaudrove must work in unity if we achieve this, Only then we will be able to move Cakaudrove forward.”

During the provincial meeting last month, Cakaudrove Provincial Council chairman, Ratu Jekesoni Yavala, said this was an issue they were looking at with the ministry.

“It is important that these vacant titles be filled so the people can know their status and the roles they play in villages, districts and the province as a whole,” Ratu Yavala said.

“The statistics are alarming and these traditional titles must be filled to ensure that law and orders of the village are followed.”

iTaukei Affairs Board deputy chief executive Josefa Toganivalu said they looked up to traditional leaders because of the authority they have when it came to the vanua.

“It is important, in terms of development and also in terms of guidance,” Mr Toganivalu said.

“We need leaders to guide their people. We also have the resources which needs to be looked after.

“With no traditional leaders, we feel that resources will not be used sustainably.”

There are 132 villages and 16 tikina (districts) in the province of Cakaudrove.

Cakaudrove is one of the three provinces in the Northern Division. The other two are Macuata and Bua.

It is also part of the Tovata Confederacy, one of the three in Fiji. The other two are Kubuna and Burebasaga.

Edited by Percy Kean

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