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Luke Rawalai
Sunday, April 20, 2014

RATU Kinijoji Rataqa, the son of the late Ratu Peter Toganivalu of Bau, was traditionally released to his people by his maternal clan yesterday.

In a moving ceremony at Naseakula, Labasa, a chiefly delegation of the Masau clan from Bau traditionally asked for Ratu Rataqa's return from the Rale clan of Naseakula.

Led by Ratu Sakiusa Balekiwai, the delegation followed traditional protocol to request for Ratu Kinijoji, a member of the Masau clan who spent most of his young days in his maternal clan.

Speaking during a moving ceremony, Ratu Balekiwai said even though Ratu Kinijoji lived most of his adult life in Suva working, they still felt that they had an obligation to seek the approval of the members of the Rale clan who had reared him.

Ratu Balekiwai said Ratu Kinijoji's late father Ratu Peter Toganivalu had maternal ties to the Rale clan in Naseakula and that Ratu Kinijoji was brought up as a child by the clan.

"The current head of the Masau clan who are traditional spokesmen for the Roko Tui Bau and the Tui Kaba, Ratu David Toganivalu, is usually occupied with his work and always out of the country and therefore we found it fitting to get Ratu Rataqa in to assist him in his traditional role," he said.

"The ceremony today (yesterday) is to traditionally ask members of the Rale clan and the people of Vuinadi in Cakaudrove whom we had earlier visited on Wednesday to release a son of Bau so that he could be reunited with his people and his traditional obligation to the vanua."





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