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GCC tops meet agenda

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, May 29, 2014

THE high cost of living and restoration of the Great Council of Chiefs are among some of the issues that will be discussed when the Fiji Labour Party hosts a meeting at Saru, Lautoka, on Saturday.

Guest speakers will include party leader Mahendra Chaudhry and the forum has been designed to get the views of the people on what issues affected them the most.

The participatory approach, says potential candidate Vyas Deo Sharma, is designed to ensure issues that affected the people would form the party's manifesto which is still under construction.

"The high level of unemployment, particularly amongst the younger generation, the exorbitant cost of a weekly grocery bill, the unaffordability of decent housing, the need for better primary health care and improved infrastructure are some of the issues that Labour intends to address as we go into elections," he said.

"We will make it a priority that every citizen of Fiji will have the ability to live in peace, prosperity and free from the fear that the things we value most can be taken away in an instant by people who have no mandate whatsoever."

Mr Sharma said the restoration of institutions such as the Great Council of Chiefs was something the party would seriously consider.

"We also have to respond to enquiries from our members as to why a much beloved institution in our country — the Great Council of Chiefs — was unceremoniously wiped off the books.

"The chiefly system of the iTaukei had endeared for generations, right through from the Deed of Cession until it's removal by decree.

"We value the chiefs' contribution in guiding Fiji and in particular the bulwark it provides for unforeseen social disintegration."








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