Nai Lalakai trial: Rokos are eyes and ears of government

Permanent secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua (left) outside the High Court in Suva during a break in the trial yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE provincial administrators or ‘Roko Tuis’ are the eyes and ears of the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs on the ground.

Naipote Katonitabua who is the first prosecution witness in the Fiji Times sedition trial clarified this at the High Court in Suva this morning.

He said this while responding to a question by the state prosecutor Lee Burney in his re-examination with regards to public engagements of the Ministry – as to how many iTaukei people the ministry consults during consultations.

Mr Katonitabua said that there are 14 Provincial Councils of which some members are appointed by the Minister for iTaukei Affairs and some are appointed at the district level.

As for the provincial administrators Mr Katonitabua said they report directly to the office of the iTaukei Affairs office in Suva.

He said their main focus is to improve the welfare of the iTaukei community.

The trial continues before Justice Thushara Rajasinghe.