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between the lines: 25th June, 2018

New Fijian ambassador The Commissioner Western, Manasa Tagicakibau, is going to China as the new head of the Fijian diplomatic mission there. He will replace Ioane Naivalurua, now the Permanent
25 Jun 2018 12:07
between the lines: 25th June, 2018
Manasa Tagicakibau.

New Fijian ambassador

The Commissioner Western, Manasa Tagicakibau, is going to China as the new head of the Fijian diplomatic mission there. He will replace Ioane Naivalurua, now the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

He was farewelled on Friday night at Lautoka.

Before his appointment as Commissioner Western he was the director Disaster Management Committee (DISMAC).

He will be missed by many in the West who have recognised the work he had accomplished in the division.

As a Major at Queen Elizabeth’s Barracks he was in charge of the Logistical Support Unit (LSU).

In 2010, he was away on a year’s study leave and he returned to take up his previous posting as OC Logistics.

In April 2015, he was the head of the Fiji Response Team in Vanuatu. He took 30 RFMF Engineers who were experienced in rehabilitation work.

Unsworn statement 

Some people who are trying to claim land in Suva are carrying around a statement that they claim is from the Vola ni Kawa Bula (VKB)record, an iTaukei registry for births and deaths and clans they belong to.

However, their record is totally different to what is in the VKB.

The group is trying to claim some land in the Suva and Nausori corridor.

It has not ruled out the option of taking the battle to court.

Focus still on Bau 

In the wake of the row over the planned installation of Ratu Epenisa as the Vunivalu it’s interesting that a Cakaudrove group had visited the chief in a traditional ceremony called “cara sala” meaning clearing the way or road.

Is it about strengthening the traditional ties or politics, so soon after the row broke out?

Mystery driver 

Police found a rental car at the bottom of the cliff of Edinburgh Drive in Suva at the weekend. When they arrived at the crash scene they thought they would see a maimed or dead driver.

There was no one in the mangled car. How the driver survived and disappeared is a mystery. In fact, it’s a miracle.

Unless he or she stole the car, the driver can be traced with  a simple check of the rental car company. Its record would show who rented the car.

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