The team appointed to make changes to Fiji’s Great Council of Chiefs is facing a stiff task of convincing chiefs to join the new-look body.Taskforce Chairman, Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo admitted that the council could make certain changes to their recommendation if the provinces do not submit nominees by next month.
“We are in very difficult position at the moment but we are still liaising with each provincial council on the progress,” Ratu Josateki said.
“I’m sure that chiefs are eager to join the new council but it’s those with political affiliations who are stopping them.”
Ratu Josateki also said each province should have appointed or installed their chiefs since the taskforce would not change its stand on this issue.
“That’s one of the criteria and if the chiefs do not fit in that criteria than they will not be part of this new council,” he said.
“I mean there are chiefs out there who have been installed and are willing to join the council.”
Now that the Tui Levuka Ratu Kolinio Rokotuinaceva and Tui Nawaka Ratu Apisai Naevo have passed away, the two chiefly households will have to consider who the chiefly title will go to.
Ratu Josateki said the responsibility was with provinces to choose their nominees otherwise the council would have to sit with whatever numbers they have.
“It’s up to the chiefs now and whatever they decide it’s up to them but we will go ahead with our plans,” he said.
“For the moment we will stick with our initial plans and there’s no plan B because we are confident that we will be able to sit sometimes next month.”