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Dispute over protocol

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, January 30, 2014

THE Ai Sualevu of Nawaido in Bua, Ratu Filimone Ralogaivau, has refuted claims by a Bua chief regarding the processes followed during his traditional installation last year.

Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea earlier told this newspaper the chiefly installation ceremony at Nawaido, Bua, last November did not follow traditional protocols.

Ratu Filimone said this was not the case, and all legal processes were followed prior to his installation.

"Relevant institutions that have legitimate right to be notified by the yavusa of Solevu such as the Native Lands Commission and the provincial office of Bua were officially advised a month before the installation date," he said.

"As evidence of the notification received by that institution, a representative from the provincial office was present at the installation.

"As for the Bose Vanua of Bua whose secretary is Ratu Orisi, it's the choice of individual members if they want to be present at the installation."

Ratu Filimone said the provincial office also had the choice of informing the bose vanua whether to attend or otherwise as it would involve the utilisation of provincial resources.

Meanwhile Ratu Orisi maintained his earlier comments, saying the processes followed during the installation of Ratu Filimone were not proper.