|Former PSC chief executive Anare Jale says the Ono-i-Lau district he represents will break all ties with Lau Province.
However, Jale has clarified he was misquoted in a newspaper report which said his clan wanted to secede from Fiji and join Tonga.
The development stems from a Fijian Affairs Ministry decision to bar Jale – a nominated representative of Ono-i-Lau – from the Lau Provincial Council earlier this week.
The former envoy was one of those in the running for the chairmanship of the council.
Jale told Fijilive that when he told the journalist concerned that “we are going to Tonga because we are closer to Tonga than Suva”, his comment may have been interpreted as a plan for secession.
“This is just very serious issue. What we are saying is we’re breaking all ties from the Lau Provincial Council,” he said.
“We are not going to participate in any activities concerning the Lau Provincial Council. That was the stand taken by our elders.
“We are not going to be represented in the Lau Provincial Council and we will not pay any levy from next year, so it is a complete severing of ties between Ono and the provincial council.”
Jale said villagers and elders have decided to go on their own.
“We will find the find the money to develop the island, we will try to link into other non-governmental agencies. We are not going to go through the province anymore.”
He said the Ono tikina would meet again this weekend to decide the next course of action.