Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tui Cakau Statement Clarified

PM willing to meet Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama
Verenaisi Raicola
Fiji Times - Saturday, October 23, 2010

PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has said he's willing to accommodate a meeting with Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu if a request is forwarded to his office.

But he told the Fiji Times that as of yesterday, he had yet to receive a request for dialogue from Cakadrove's paramount chief.

This week Ratu Naiqama said he wanted to meet Commodore Bainimarama.

Ratu Naiqama made this known at the Cakaudrove Provincial Council at Somosomo on Taveuni. He said the chiefs of the province had decided it was time to meet and discuss certain issues.

The decision to meet Commodore Bainimarama follows an agreement at the bose vanua of Cakaudrove chiefs this week.

Early this year at Yaroi in Savusavu 11 districts of the total 15 agreed to lobby support the Government.

22 October 2010
I can now reveal the confirmed version of the Turaga Bale Na Tui Cakau's actual statement in relation to what has been reported earlier by the media. The Statement is also posted on the CAKAUDROVE PROVINCE WEBSITE and is as follow:

The Turaga Bale Na Tui Cakau convened a meeting of the vanua of Cakaudrove on Tuesday the 19th Oct 2010 at the chiefly village of Somosomo.

The Roko Tui Cakaudrove was denied entry to this meeting but was attended by the 14 tikinas. 

In this meeting the Tui Cakau asked the vanua where are we going at present in terms of social, political and economic progress and stability. The Tui Cakau made particular reference to the Provincial Council meeting which was held on the 26th - 27th May 2010 where it was reported that the 11 tikinas of the 14 in Cakaudrove has supported the Peoples Charter for Change.

The Tui Cakau then declared that since the abrogation of the constitution in 2009 all resolutions pertaining to all Vanua meetings are now null and void and do not hold any meaning and mandate. The chiefs of Cakaudrove humbly acknowledged this blunder and oversight and on this token the chiefs presented a traditional apology or matanigasau to the Tui Cakau.

The Tui Cakau in accepting the apology stressed to his people and the vanua that since there is no constitution in place the question to ask is: where is Fiji and Cakaudrove heading to?. 

This was well received by the vanua but unfortunately the Roko Tui Cakaudrove who was not present at the meeting went ahead and told the media that the vanua of Cakaudrove has supported the interim regime. This has been strongly denied by the Vanua of Cakau.

The Tui Cakau then requested the support of the vanua and the chiefs to be endorsed and he be the sole mouthpiece for the vanua. This was unanimously agreed to by the vanua. This was also where the recommendation was fully endorsed and where the Tui Cakau was going to seek an audience with the military commander not as a sign of support but based on the fact that there is no Constitution and it is now time to meet for the betterment of the country. In light of all these events the Tui Cakau will be approaching the military commander on behalf of his people and the vanua of Cakaudrove.

Sai's Earlier Comments (Awaiting Verification):
  • Coming from my paramount chief, this is indeed a monumental decision. It is one I will have to consider in terms of my position against the current illegal regime in Fiji, if indeed it is confirmed as a statement from the Tui Cakau. I have therefore sought confirmation of this statement.
  • I have been heavily guided in my opposition to the illegal takeover of the government of Fiji in 2006, by the principled stance taken by the chiefs of Fiji and the Great Council of Chiefs. To my mind, their stance have been justly contingent on what they regard as only best for Fijians and for Fiji. This, in the face of the current regime's vicious attacks on Fijian chiefs and other chiefly and Fijian institutions.
  • In the event the Tui Cakau's call  to the people of Cakaudrove to support the current regime's initiatives is confirmed, I will be reconsidering my current stance in line with my paramount chief's direction. In such a case, I will be emboldened by the fact that his call is for supporting the initiatives currently implemented to benefit the people of Cakaudrove, especially those greatly in need of assistance, and those who contribute to the coffers of government through taxes.

There are still no changes to the Cakaudrove Provincial Council stance on the People’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress.

But the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu has confirmed that he would be approaching the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama soon. He said he wanted to meet the Prime Minister before any decision was made. “I need to hear the views of my chiefs first and at the same time I have to tell them what I think is best for us,” Ratu Naiqama said. He says this was not an easy decision to make because the lives of his people are paramount. Ratu Naiqama said as a chief he needed to follow the protocols that come with it. He said this means his views would have to be endorsed by the other chiefs of the province.

After the Bose Vanua on Tuesday chiefs, leaders and representatives from various divisions agreed to Ratu Naiqama’s suggestions to meet with the Prime Minister.

Ratu Naiqama said there were some issues that needed clarification from Commodore Bainimarama since the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution in 2009 by the former President Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu. He said with the Public Emergency Regulations in place they were not able to meet and discuss issues that needed to be taken into consideration. “I am grateful for the opportunity given to meet with my chiefs. “They have agreed with my suggestion to meet with the Prime Minister,” he said.

Ratu Naiqama said he was happy with the assistance from the Ministry of i-Taukei Affairs who would put in his request to the Office of the Prime Minister. He would not reveal any details about issues that are likely to be brought up at the proposed meeting.

Tui Cakau to reconcile with government

FBC News - Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cakaudrove paramount chief the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu will look to mend his relationship with government says the Roko Tui Cakaudrove Ro Aca Mataitini.

Ro Aca told FBC news it was his duty to arrange a meeting between Ratu Naiqama and the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

He says the meeting will allow the two leaders to try to forge a way forward. 

“You must understand that the differences were there as far as the last government was concerned and with regards to his relationship with the present government then. But now time has changed and he wants the people of Cakaudrove and Cakaudrove as a province to move forward. As far as the issues that he needs to discuss with the Prime Minister will be up to him. The only thing that’s left now is for the chairman of the council and the Roko Tui Cakaudrove to make an appointment with the Prime Minister and for the Prime Minister to decide on a date for Ratu Naiqama to meet him.”

Yesterday Ratu Naiqama told the chiefs of Cakaudrove it was time to forget the past and move on to help make Fiji a better place for all.

The Cakaudrove provincial council meeting ends this afternoon.

Fiji Village News - 20 October 2010

Story by: Tokasa Rainima

Six resolutions have been endorsed by the Cakaudrove Provincial Council with the main one being the endorsement of the province’s support for the Government.

Roko Tui Cakaudrove Ratu Aca Mataitini said the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu has stressed to the 40 chiefs and to the representatives from the 15 tikinas that the Province needs to change their view on the current leadership and the chiefs have to respect any changes brought about by the Government.

This is after the Tui Cakau revealed that he has changed his approach and now supports the Government.

Ratu Mataitini said the Tui Cakau in a chiefly manner asked the representatives to back the Government.

After the two day meeting which is expected to end tomorrow, the Tui Cakau along with the Chairman of the Provincial Council Emitai Boladuadua and the Roko Tui Cakaudrove will make an appointment with the Prime Minister to hold a meeting with him.

The Paramount Chief of Cakaudrove, Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu has indicated to the chiefs of Cakaudrove that he wants to meet with Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

This was confirmed by the Roko Tui Cakaudrove Ratu Aca Mataitini.

Yesterday Ratu Naiqama told the Bose Vanua in Somosomo that he is ready to support the government’s initiatives. 

Today Ratu Naiqama announced to the Cakaudrove Provincial Council that he wants to see the Prime Minister. 

The meeting will continue this afternoon.

The paramount chief of Cakaudrove, the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, says he agrees with changes imposed by the Government for the betterment of the country.

He says it is Government's job now to meet the needs of people.

Ratu Naiqama, who is also titular head of the Tovata Confederacy grouping the provinces of Cakaudrove, Bua, Macuata and Lau, made the comments while opening the Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting in Somosomo, Taveuni, yesterday.

He said it was time to forget the past and for everyone to work together to make Fiji a better place to live in.

However, the bulk of his speech was dedicated to reminding his subjects of the consequences of not supporting him or obeying his directives.

Ratu Naiqama told the meeting that even if his subjects or meeting delegates did not support him he would fight until the end.

"These are my people and I will be with them until my last day," he said.

Ratu Naiqama’s comments came while drawing parallels from an incident in the last provincial council meeting in Savusavu when 11 tikina (districts) failed to abide by and support his decision.

He also called on delegates not to merge the Bose Vanua (meeting of chiefs) and the provincial council meeting together.

These two, he said, played different roles and it was their duty to ensure they were in the right place at the right time.

"When you join this two together, that's the end of Cakaudrove," Ratu Naiqama said.

"This is not new, it happens a lot from our elders and we can change that now.

"This is the time and gone are the days where only one voice is heard during the meeting.

"I want all voices to be heard during this meeting," he said.

Ratu Naiqama said it was important that his people made their minds up and refused to be swayed by what was going on around them.

He said Cakaudrove could not rush with anything but delegates had to make sure that they thoroughly went through a decision before it was implemented.

"I am not going to rush anything, let's do one thing at a time," Ratu Naiqama said.

Meanwhile, the council will decide today whether it will endorse the People's Charter for Change, Peace and Progress introduced by the Government.

Ratu Naiqama said this was a new beginning for the people of Cakaudrove and he hoped there would be widespread support for whatever decision was made.

He said development efforts undertaken by the Government continued to lift the standards of living of the people.

Ratu Naiqama said he had never heard of Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama trying to stop the assistance to his people.

In another development, Roko Tui Cakaudrove Ro Aca Mataitini said the two-day meeting would ensure that the people embrace the reforms outlined in the People's Charter for Peace and Progress.

Ro Aca said it was important for the people of Cakaudrove to work in line with what the Government had planned for its citizens.

"We hope that good sense will prevail in this meeting," he said.

"This is a good opportunity for the people to leave aside their differences and discuss their future."

Ro Aca said the Government would always respect the Vanua and in return the Government hoped the Vanua would do the same.

He said the people of Cakaudrove needed to open their hearts and accept the changes that were currently in place.

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