Chiefs Back Government’s War on Drugs, Fight Against Crime

Stern warnings issued to villagers on zero tolerance of homebrew making, drug cultivation and consumption
14 Aug 2019 17:06
Chiefs Back Government’s War  on Drugs, Fight Against Crime
Somosomo and Cakaudrove, Turaga Na Tui Cakau, Semi Matalau, Turaga Na Tui Nabou. and Ratu Timoci Rokobukete Vunivalu Waima of Naitasiri.

A number of chiefs have warned their people that if they are found brewing alcohol, consuming it and cultivating and smoking marijuana in their village, they will be banned.

The chiefs are supporting the Government’s war on drugs and fight against crime as highlighted by the Minister for Defence, National Security, and Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu.

Somosomo and Cakaudrove, Turaga Na Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu issued stern warnings to his people in Somosomo.

It comes after a relative of his was allegedly murdered over a domestic dispute fuelled by homebrew consumption.

Homebrew consumption is illegal.

Cakaudrove Provincial Council chairperson meeting Ratu Jekesoni Yavalanavanua said this directive would also be discussed at the next meeting to be effective in 16 districts and 132 villages.

Ratu Jekesoni said this would be an item on the agenda of the next Provincial Council meeting to make the directive compulsory in the province.

“We want Cakaudrove Province to be homebrew-free and drug-free,” he said.

Another chief, Semi Matalau, Turaga Na Tui Nabou, Nuku district, Tailevu said he had also given the same directive in his district.

He said if someone was caught he was first counseled.

“When he is caught again the matter is referred to the Police,” he said.

The district, he said, had zero tolerance in smoking and marijuana cultivation.

The same directive was also issued by Ratu Timoci Rokobukete Vunivalu Waima of Naitasiri, Ratu Sevanaia Verata of Ucunivanua, Verata and Ratu Isaia Tuirakiwaimaro of Namalata, Tailevu.

Mr. Seruiratu, in his ministerial statement, said: “We need to change the mindset that fighting crime is for law enforcement agencies and this august house.

“We can show what unity can achieve for the sake of crime and drug-free Fiji for our children and the many generators to come.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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