A faction claiming to be the rightful holders of the chiefly titles of Tui Nasau and Tui Moala have carried out the traditional installation rituals in Suva after it was stopped from boarding a vessel to Moala in the Lau Group by police.
Members of the Yavusa Nasau Mataqali Nakoroicake installed Ratu Osia Vulalima Delailoa at Wailoku on Saturday evening.
Spokesman Tevita Delailoa said they have installed Ratu Osia as Tui Nasau and Tui Moala.
Mr Delailoa added that the clan believed that he was the rightful holder of the titles and those who disputed the matter could take it to the tribunal.
Their legal adviser, Tevita Fa, said he was still waiting for an explanation from the police on why they stopped the delegation from travelling to Moala.
Assistant Roko Tui Moala Nacanieli Draunidalo said the Tui Nasau and Tui Moala are two different titles. Mr Draunidalo said the rightful holders of the Tui Moala title are the Mataqali Ucunimasi and the holder was Musuka Waqairatu.
He said this was verified by the Native Land Commission last month. Mr Draunidalo understood the faction wanted to install a new holder of the title Sauturaga, which he said has never been installed before on the island.