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NLC lays down rule

Luke Rawalai
Monday, February 03, 2014

NATIVE Lands Commission chairman Ratu Sireli Vananalagi Vesikula has called on those wishing to raise their concerns about the Ai Sua Levu title in Nawaido, Bua, to lodge their written complaints with the commission.

Ratu Sireli said the exchange of words in the media regarding the issue would resolve nothing.

"It is sad to see people running to the media to air their grievances, but this will not resolve the issue," he said.

"The office of the Native Lands Commission has nothing to do with the installation processes of any chief.

"That depends solely on the traditional processes of the vanua. The government has nothing to do with it although we can confirm through the Vola ni Kawa Bula whether a person is the rightful claimant to any customary title."

Ratu Sireli said they would only act when an official complaint was lodged by parties that were not satisfied with the installation of a chief.

"In the case of the Ai Sualevu, we have not received any official queries to challenge the title and therefore we cannot do anything.

"I encourage those who object to the current title holder to lodge their official complaint in writing through their respective provincial office."

The Fiji Times had tried to get comments from Ratu Sireli earlier.

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