RETIRED civil servant Viliame Karawa now has something to keep him occupied, he's been appointed a marriage celebrant under the amended Marriage Act.
Mr Karawa, 55, lives in Nakorovou, Dreketi in Rewa, and since retirement, he's been tending to his home garden.
"I finally have something to keep me occupied and earn money for my family," said the father-of-six.
Mr Karawa was presented his marriage celebrant certificate by Justice Minister and Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum this week.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said previously, only religious ministers could conduct religious ceremonies, however, some of them were also certified marriage officers; others worked in the Administrator General's office.
"We carried out an amendment about 18 months ago, and we had put out an advertisement in the papers where people can apply and pay a fee of $3000 to become a marriage officer.
"But we also carried out various background checks on them to ensure they have no criminal records etc.
"The idea is to have more people carry out this role."