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Faction to contest decision

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, May 23, 2013

THE tokatoka Nawaivuvu and Vuya that belongs to the yavusa of Caumatalevu in the chiefly village of Naduri will challenge the decision made by Taukei Namara, Ratu Peni Sogia, over the chiefly title of Tui Macuata.

Turaga ni yavusa Nawaivuvu, Ratu Jone Matanababa said they would write a letter to the Native Lands Commission through the Macuata Provincial Office expressing their disappointment over the processes followed for the chiefly selection.

He told clan members during a meeting in the village yesterday that the two clans had not even sat to discuss the successor to the chiefly position and the decision made by Ratu Peni did not involve them.

He said it was important for them to follow the proper channels for addressing their grievances.

The retired Roko Tui Macuata also told the meeting they would inform the NLC about their stand over the chiefly decision.

"E da sega ni dua vata 'ei na 'a sa mai yaco ni'ua vata 'ei na sala e muri (We are not one with the event that has happened today and the procedures followed)," he said.

Ratu Jone also urged his clan members to remain calm.

But Ratu Peni said his duty in installing the new Tui Macuata had been part of traditional history of Naduri.

"Na noqu i tutu ni vei buli vei ira na turaga na Tui Macuata 'eitou dau va'ayacora tu ga mai liu. Ni sa na mai saqati na noqu digidigi, ia e na sega ni dua na 'a tale e na ca'a 'ina baleta au vayacora ti'o ga na noqu i tavi. (My traditional position in installing the Tui Macuata has been part of history for the clan of Taukei Namara and if it is opposed, I can't do much because I am only performing my duties)," he said.


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