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PM Urges iTaukei To Register In Vola Ni Kawa Bula

  Prime Minister and Minister of iTaukei Affairs Voreqe Bainimarama has urged all iTaukei to register in the Vola Ni Kawa Bula, (Birth and Death registry of iTaukei, it also
05 Jul 2018 10:00
PM Urges iTaukei To Register In Vola Ni Kawa Bula
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the women, men and children of Galoa Island on July 03, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

 

Prime Minister and Minister of iTaukei Affairs Voreqe Bainimarama has urged all iTaukei to register in the Vola Ni Kawa Bula, (Birth and Death registry of iTaukei, it also contains their genealogy).

The ministry had conducted a survey and found out that some iTaukei were not registered in the Vola Ni Kawa Bula.

Mr Bainimarama said the aim of introducing a computerised and decentralised VKB was to ensure that only iTaukei were registered.

“It has been discovered that foreign names or non-iTaukei had appeared in the VKB without the knowledge of the mataqali (clan),” he said.

“iTaukei women can take the birth certificates of their children straight to the iTaukei Lands Commission (TLC), which administers the VKB, and register their children.

“A shocking revelation is when we found that some women were asked at TLC they answered that the children had been named by friends who were not necessarily the fathers,” he said.

The Prime Minsiter said registration was critical because there was a great need to preserve the iTaukei culture, tradition and customs, especially the need to protect the iTaukei identity.

“There were children who had just been brought up in the family, but with no blood relation,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“It was also a critical issue, especially for the importance of indigenous rights and there should be criteria under the law to remove names already registered.

“The ultimate purpose of the VKB computerization and decentralisation is to provide the following VKB services from the 14 provincial offices, unlike in the past, where all VKB services are provided from TLFC main office in Nasese-Suva.”

 

LAND LIES:

He reminded delegates present during the talanoa session at Galoa Island in Bua to be aware of the land lies being spread by politicians.

“I must confirm to you today that all iTaukei land are safe,” the Prime Minister said.

“Lies have been spread that the iTaukei people could lose their land.

“This is not so because there are legislations in place that protect iTaukei land.”

The supreme law of the land, the 2013 Constitution section 28 (1) says – The ownership of all iTaukei land shall remain with the customary owners of that land and iTaukei land shall not be permanently alienated, whether by sale, grant, transfer or exchange, except to the State in accordance with section 27.

Section 28 (2) says – Any iTaukei land acquired by the State for a public purpose after the commencement of this Constitution under section 27 or under any written law shall revert to the customary owners if the land is no longer required by the State.

On the Vola ni Kawa Bula (VKB), he said the digitisation of the record began in 2014 to address the growing demand of greater accessibility.

The VKB records, he said would be accessible to the iTaukei people when it would be sent out to all provincial council offices.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback:  nacanieli.tuilevuka@fijisun.com.fj



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