Thursday, May 15, 2008

Two West provinces reject charter

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

TWO of the three provinces in the West have rejected the new Great Council of Chiefs and the People's Charter while the third has reserved its decision.

Ra and Nadroga/Navosa have rejected the new-look GCC and the charter. Ba has reserved its decision pending a legal challenge in court.

Nadroga/Navosa Provincial Council chairman, the Ka Levu, Ratu Sakiusa Makutu, said they opposed any attempt to restructure the GCC.

He rejected a statement by the GCC Taskforce head Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo that the province would nominate three members to the GCC.

Ratu Sakiusa said the taskforce's attendance and presentation at the provincial council meeting was barely tolerated.

For Ra, the Assistant Roko Tui Ra Ratu Nikola Natadra said the four main chiefs of Ra rejected both the GCC review and the charter at the bose vanua meeting last week.

He said the bose vanua met after the provincial council meeting and decided that it should be left to the chiefs of Ra the Tui Nalawa from Nalawa, the Gonesau from Nakorotubu, the Tu Navitilevu from Rakiraki and Ratu Mainatauia from Saivou to decide on the province's stand.

"They said whatever decision they make would be the province's decision. The chiefs through their representative had rejected those two issues," he said.

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