Appeals tribunal to decide on Tui Labasa title next month

NLC chairman Ratu Vananalagi Vesikula and staff of the NLC after meeting with clans in Labasa over the chiefly title last year. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

THE iTaukei Appeals Tribunal will make its decision on the Tui Labasa title next month following an appeal hearing it convened at Naseakula Village since Tuesday this week.

Yesterday, the tribunal closed with the closing submissions of the two factions from the Wasavulu clan headed by Ratu Kiniviliame  Waqanitoga and the Qomate clan headed by the present title holder, Ratu Jone Qomate.

Native Lands Commission (NLC) Appeals Tribunal chairman Aminiasi Katonivualiku said after the installation of the Tui Labasa last year following the commission’s decision to give the title to Ratu Jone, it’s decision was open to be challenged for 90 days.

Mr Katonivualiku said they had received a challenge from Ratu Kiniviliame, which called for the tribunal to hear the appeal.

“The appeal tribunal’s decision is final and cannot be challenged in any court of law,” he said.

Ratu Jone was traditionally installed at Naseakula Village on August 31 last year.

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