Vanua to pay visit to inmates

THE vanua of Namosi will be visiting 22 of its sons who are incarcerated at the Fiji Corrections Service Suva and also at the remand centre.

Chairman of the Namosi Provincial Council Ratu Romanu Matanitobua during the provincial council meeting welcomed the presentation made by the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) on the importance of accepting and assisting their kinsmen who are behind bars through the Yellow Ribbon campaign.

Ratu Romanu, the younger brother of Tui Namosi Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, also mentioned that the vanua would visit the 17 inmates and the five remand inmates before Christmas.

Speaking in the iTaukei language, Ratu Romanu said the 26 villages that made up the four districts in the province of Namosi were open to the idea of having the Yellow Ribbon campaign launched in the province anytime convenient to the FCS.

Co-ordinator of the Yellow Ribbon Project, Isireli Dausiga in his presentation told the members of the meeting that the FCS was playing its part in rehabilitating offenders, and if the vanua, the church and the families also played their roles there wouldn’t be a high number of iTaukei people behind bars.

Statistics released by Mr Dausiga indicated that iTaukei top the list of those incarcerated, with the oldest male inmate an 84-year-old and the youngest an 18-year-old, and for women the youngest a 22-year-old and the oldest a 72-year-old.

Mr Dausiga said FCS was happy the number of inmates who were always in and out of prison had declined.

He said this indicated that inmates were being accepted back into the communities, which meant that the Yellow Ribbon campaign was working.

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