Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Villagers defy chiefs

Villagers defy chiefs
Tuesday, August 05, 2008

MORE than 50 per cent of villages in the Cakaudrove Province have accepted the People's Charter.

This is despite a decision by the province at its provincial council meeting two months ago in Taveuni not to accept the charter.

Of the 134 villages in the province of the north, only 10 rejected the charter while 124 accepted it and gave in submissions to the charter teams.

Roko Tui Cakaudrove Waisale Wainiqolo said the submissions from the villagers included repairing of roads, water system and toilets in the villages. Mr Wainiqolo said the response was overwhelming and the villagers expressed a keen interest in moving forward and improving their lives in villages.

Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu's traditional spokesman Epeli Matata, who was in Bua yesterday, could not be reached for a comment.

He had earlier said that even if the villagers accepted the charter, it would not change the stand of the province in not recognising the interim regime's charter.

Mr Wainiqolo said the charter visited all villagers to ensure other villagers were heard.

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