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Quit Politics, Serve People And Vanua: Ratu Jekesoni Tells Chiefs

“They have to think about their traditional loyalty to chiefs on one hand and to base their decisions on their conscience on the other.
12 Jul 2019 14:09
Quit Politics, Serve People And Vanua: Ratu Jekesoni Tells Chiefs
Ratu Jekesoni Lewenilovo Yavalanavanua.

A Taveuni chief has called for the separation of the vanua and chiefs from politics.

Ratu Jekesoni Lewenilovo Yavalanavanua, who is also the Cakaudrove Provincial Council chairman, said if iTaukei people wanted the vanua and the chiefly system to survive then chiefs must steer clear from politics.

Ratu Jekesoni hails from the chiefly family in the Yavusa Cakaudrove, Mataqali Valelevu and Tokatoka Valelevu in Somosomo, Taveuni.

It’s where the Tui Cakau, the paramount chief of Cakaudrove Province, hails from.

The current Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, is a Member of Parliament,  and former SODELPA president.

Ratu Jekesoni is against Ratu Naiqama going into politics.

He said chiefs should occupy their traditional positions full time in order to serve their people better.

“Their people are confused when chiefs took sides in politics,” he said.

“They have to think about their traditional loyalty to chiefs on one hand and to base their decisions on their conscience on the other.

“It’s not an easy choice.”

Ratu Jekesoni does not support the restoration of the Great Council of Chiefs if chiefs were politicians too.

He said iTaukei chiefs should divorce themselves from politics as a prerequisite to restoring the GCC.

Ratu Jekesoni is one of the first chiefs to speak out on the issue.

“ I represent the silent majority out there. Someone has to speak out. We must move with the times. If chiefs take their rightful place within the vanua there will be unity, peace and order.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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