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Call for iTaukei protection

Ana Madigibuli
Thursday, April 03, 2014

VERATA chief Ratu Timoci Vesikula has requested that Prime Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama explain if all people are now known as "Fijians" and indigenous Fijians now called "iTaukei Fijians" — what is it exactly that the iTaukei Fijians owned?

This was one of the numerous concerns raised by the chief, who addressed the Prime Minister at the Tailevu Provincial Council meeting earlier this week.

Ratu Timoci explained that people living in the villages were living in poverty and were becoming non-religious, lazy and refusing to partake in village activities.

The chief said people were simply living in a bad state.

He said this was what life looked like in various villages in the province and he questioned the Prime Minister about the existence of the laws which were supposed to protect them.

He told the Prime Minister that before the general election, he needed to put in place village laws which would help leaders in various villages within the province.

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