Chiefs call for an apology from Pig

A CHIEF has called on the interim Prime Minister to present a traditional apology – or matanigasau – to Fiji’s chiefs before proceeding with any dialogue. The secretary for Cakaudrove’s council of chiefs. Ratu Jekesoni Yavalanavanua, said the proposed chiefs’ assembly organised by the Fijian Affairs Ministry should be the second step taken by the interim regime.

“The chiefs want Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to first apologise to the members of Great Council of Chiefs,” Ratu Jekesoni said. “He should apologise for his harsh words about us, especially telling us to drink home brew under a mango tree.”

Ratu Jekesoni said the chiefs need to go to the assembly with a good heart.

Meanwhile, Ro Teimumu Kepa, the paramount chief of the Burebasaga confederacy, said she had received an invitation to attend the assembly scheduled for next month. “Yes, I’ve received the invite from the interim Prime Minister,” she said. “But I haven’t decided if I’ll attend.” Ro Teimumu reserved comment on the traditional apology mooted by Ratu Jekesoni.

Interim Indigenous Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said the chiefs’ assembly would be held in Suva on December 9 and 10. “The agenda is still being prepared,” Ratu Epeli said. He confirmed invitations have been sent to the chiefs.

Former GCC chairman Ratu Ovini Bokini said he would comment later.

Nadroga high chief Ratu Sakiusa Makutu has yet to receive an invitation although he’s heard about the assembly.

The GCC was suspended by Commodore Bainimarama last year after the GCC rejected the President’s nomination for the vice presidency.

F/Times 12Nov08


36 Responses to “Chiefs call for an apology from Pig”

  1. Isalei Says:

    The vore must do more than just apologise! He must give it up, he’s not getting anywhere and not going anywhere except to the Maximum Security. Chiefs must not give in easily, they should not recognise the pretender Minister for Fijian affairs (They are called Fijians in their country, call them by name, not indigenous) and the viavia vuku pretender coupster Primanysta. That’s national security for us!

  2. Tuks Says:

    The chiefs must never believe the wanna be Minister for Fijian Affairs. He is a crook and the chiefs must never ever legitimise the Coupster [Interim] Government by attending this meeting. In fact this is a wonderful opportunity for our Chiefs to boycott the gathering and tell the whole world the way it should be. Kakua ni biuta na mama koula ena gusudra na Vore [vuaka]..E sega ni dua na kena i balebale vua. Era na vakalusia ga na Turaga nodra gauna ka ra na laiva tu mai e dua na veivakacalai levu vei keda baleta na taqomaki ni lawa ni noda Vanua.. O Voreqe kei ira era veiliutaki tiko qo era basu lawa tu ka sa i koya oya na vanua e dodonu me ra toka ga kina na noda Turaga kei na Marama Bale ni noda Vanua. Kakua ni ra vakaisitaki mai vei Vore.

  3. Isalei Says:

    Do not legitimise the illegitimate government by your presence. We ask the chiefs to steer clear of the vore and his bunch of illegits. They are not worth it. Chiefs should call their own meeting and talk about what to do to get out of this mess, better late than never!!

  4. Mark Manning Says:

    oink oink !
    that’s the closest you’ll get to an apology from Frank .

  5. Mark Manning Says:

    It’s expected that on Frank’s return form his overseas trip , he will be seeking further advise from his advisor , Peter Foster !

  6. Nostradamus Says:

    Exactly. Don’t let Vore set the Agenda. He will try to turn it to something like the Farter Charter, get voted down, and waste time.
    GCC is a separate Constitutional entity. They should call their own meeting and discuss things on their own terms. They should also report directly to the President, not through the military and not through a secretary controlled by the military.

  7. EnufDictatorship Says:

    Not just apologise to the chiefs, TO THE PEOPLE OF FIJI. PERIOD!!!!

    We have waited on these chiefs for too long…like what Tupou Draunidalo said sometime ago, do we have cowards in our country who cannot stand up for the grassroots.

    ABout time these chiefs do something…enuf talk and wait….sit, march, meet, be proactive and active!

  8. Kaiviti Says:

    Lets wait and see if the fisherman KAISI from Kiuva can apologise to the chiefs of Fiji.

    Na leqa gona ni dua na KAISI dau siwa qai mai via vaka Ratu taki tiko qo….sa sega ni kila na nonai yatu….luveni dau vakadraunikau o tamana.

  9. FijiGirl Says:

    Agree with Isalei – apology is a start, but it won’t cut it. Vore is more sinning than sinned against. Not only must he face the full weight of the law, the military HAS to go. Enuf Dictatorship hit the nail on the head last year with the research on Costa Rica and other countries that have abolished their military and militia.
    You’ve nailed your own coffin, Vore, and that of your beloved armed and naval forces.
    God bless Fiji

  10. Isalei Says:

    In fact, since they appoint the President, this is the time for them to get him to report to them on what he’s been up to since Dec 2006. Otherwise as most have pointed out, it will be just another “political dialogue” lookalike where they just get a dressing down on what the IG is doing to take us back??? wherever they are taking us to.

    Chiefs we beg you please stay put in your delaniyavu, wait for vore’s delegation to visit your yavutabu to apologise, have all your bati colai wau standing ready as the vore and his 20 or so bociguards accompany. Do not let the bothiguards thru, let him go in alone. Me qai moku vinaka mai loma. As for the guards me ra vakakadavi e veijirijiri! This is custo

  11. Isalei Says:

    In fact, since they appoint the President, this is the time for them to get him to report to them on what he’s been up to since Dec 2006. Otherwise as most have pointed out, it will be just another “political dialogue” lookalike where they just get a dressing down on what the IG is doing to take us back??? wherever they are taking us to.

    Chiefs we beg you please stay put in your delaniyavu, wait for vore’s delegation to visit your yavutabu to apologise, have all your bati colai wau standing ready as the vore and his 20 or so bociguards accompany. Do not let the bothiguards thru, let him go in alone. Me qai moku vinaka mai loma. As for the guards me ra vakakadavi e veijirijiri! This is customary law.

  12. waisou Says:

    Can someone explain Nailatikau’s ethnicity and his claim on being a high chief of Bau. Isn’t he Tongan but a vasu only to Fiji….it would be different if was Fijian but a vasu to Tonga…please enlighten me or beter corect me before I say something else!

  13. Striker Says:

    Having dispatched our chiefs to drink homebrew under a mango tree, the pig now thinks that the gates & co judgement gives him to authority to treat our chiefs at his back and call. Power has made this guy so delusional he lacks the dignity to treat our chiefs and people with respect. Sorry Frank, but the response of our chiefs to your invitation will be another of your wake up call. And don’t rely on your IG Minister of Fijian Affairs either. He is not Fijian and he is totally devoid of Fijian chiefly protocol. A real ‘kaisi’ if I’ve ever seen one.

  14. kini Says:

    Isalei good points the GCC should really call the pressy and get him to tell them in his own words:” WHY HE ALLOWED THE MILITARY TO PULL THE COUP?”

  15. Striker Says:

    Just a minute folks, the proposed meeting is not one of the ‘Bose Levu Vakaturaga’ but of a concotion by these IG coupsters called ‘Bose ni Turaga.’ As such, it does not have any constitutional powers over the President, and will only be used to legitimise the regime.

  16. waisou Says:

    The IG for FIjian Affairs should not then be throwing his weight around as Striker notes that he is devoid of Fijian chiefly protocol. He should be reminded that he is a vasu and with it comes privileges and not rights…He should stop abusing his privileges lest it be removed.

    Chiefs are from God and if they are un-educated, that is OK as they have the vote of their subjects to lead. They may not have worldly wisdom but can be overflowing with Godly wisdom…Respect them and you will see the difference. Read the Bible to see the difference or the fruits of these two extreme sources of wisdoms…it is very very evident here in the beloved country God blessed us with!!!

    God bless Fiji

    God bless Fiji

  17. Isalei Says:

    @Stiker, well if its not what its in the Constitution, then Chiefs who were members of the GCC up to Dec 06, should still convene a meeting, maybe hosted by Burebasaga confed as they held chairmanship. As their candidate, Burebasaga invites the President to come and explain himself, aka transparency, accountability to those who appointed him. Following that, they should discuss his immediate sacking, so he is traditionally and officially sacked from office.
    S. 93 of Fiji Constitution gives reasons for termination: inability to perform functions of office arising from infirmity of body or mind or for misbehaviour. He is found guilty of all of the above charges, so he shoudl be terminated by his appointing body. Only the legitimate PM and legitimate CJ can question his termination otherwise it is left to the GCC and I am sure LQ and JF will both agree.

    Ke sa sega ga ya, sa sega tale ni dua na ka sa vo me ra kaya na Turaga kei na Marama Bale, sa duidui ga na susu Turaga kei na susu basiteti! Ya ga na leqa levu, da mai veimaroroi tiko mei cavai?

  18. Striker Says:

    Isalei, I fully agree with your sentiments regarding the President. But as far as this coming meeting is concerned, I believe the IG has a different agenda, and I believ from what I’ve heard so far, our chiefs are in no mood to comply.

  19. Corruption Fighter Says:

    It’s interesting that Union club namu Jo Nawalowalo is also saying that Frank’s got to take his matanigasau to the BLV. He cites the homebrew under the mango tree comment, as well. When an IG toady like Jo understands this, we know there is a serious problem. But is Frank capable of admitting error? Isn’t the whole country in this mess because he could not admit the smallest error?

  20. Frida Says:

    I agree with you Isa lei – the GCC members pre- dec 2006 should be calling a meeting of their own and set their agenda. Top of the list is the current Pressie reporting to those that appointed him on what he has been doing so far. If unsatisfactory, send him packing and re-appoint the current VP until a legal government is in place and the GCC convenes a meeting to formalise approintment.

  21. LUVfiji Says:

    @waisou – Ratu Epeli Nailatikau is indeed a high chief of Bau and well respected in Bau being from the chiefly household of Naisogolaca. For this, he is also widely respected in Tailevu. YES.. he is of Tongan royalty but he has been born into the Bauan chiefly hierarchy and nothing is ever going to change that. His involvement with the iIG may be unpopular but that, in no way, diminishes his chiefly status.

  22. Striker Says:

    To us from other parts of Kubuna who have close traditional links with Naisogolaca, Epeli Nailatikau has not earned our respect and this renders his status due to the accident of his birth, chiefly or otherwise, totally meaningless. He could do well to take a page from the chiefly and principled conduct of the Turaga Roko Tui Bau.

  23. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    @ LUVfiji,

    whilst I respect chiefs, gone are the days when obedience is given blindly. The chiefs are only as strong as the support he/she gets from his/her people.

    By this I mean, when you have coupsters like, Eveli Nailatikau, Eveli Ganilau, Koila Mara, Ului Mara and any other chief, who intentionally condone or committed treason and the unlawful take over of an elected government, then in my view they have forfeited their right to remain as chief or be accorded chiefly respect.

    If not, then we are actually allowing 2 sets of laws for Fijians, whereby just because your have the prefix ‘Ratu/Adi’ before your name, entitles you to break the law and get away with it.

    I hope SV after reading their website will continue to operate even after an elected government is in power in Fiji and lobby to amend or introduce new law, that any chief convicted of a serious criminal offence or takes part in any activity that brings disrepute upon the GCC and the Fijian people, should be stripped of their ‘Ratu/Adi’ title together with its privileges.

    This will cause chiefs to take their roles more seriously and lead by example, otherwise Fijians will continue to be led up shit creek by some of these bastard.

  24. Belijo Says:

    Ratu Epeli says he is still preparing the agenda. This shows his great incompetence. There is roughly less than a month left for this meeting and he hasn’t confirmed an agenda. A competent person would have prepared an agenda months before so that members can view it and make preparatory notes on issues of importance to their province and to the nation. A last minute agenda has been a continuous habit of some incompetent and unrealiable members of the IG. It is yet another delaying tactic so that come the GCC meeting there is no time for comments from members only a yes or no answer. For the general public of Fiji, you need to carefully consider the people that you elect and it is so important that people like EN should never even be nominated to stand for elections. If the GCC was so important to him, he would have done his best to send the agenda out but this delay shows that he probably doesn’t consider the GCC of any importance because by virtue of his male genealogy he is insignificant.

  25. Dauvavana Says:

    without the vanua there are no chiefs and as a kai Kubuna I will say that I may accord Komai Naisogolaca the protocol regarding his status but he is not getting my respect as an individual. Period!!!

  26. LUVfiji Says:

    Well.. well.. I am flattered JW read and actually responded to my post! I was of the view only IslandBoy got his attention. Vinaka ie!

  27. IslandBoy Says:

    @Jese Waqalekaleka – crucial point there my Tau!

    Let’s put aside Rt. Nailatikau as personal issue for a moment.

    If and when we separate traditional forms of leadership from modern political modes and models, how can it best be done without tearing assunder the very fabric of Fijian society.

    Many in our parents generation who taught us all we know about respect for chiefs are NOT sufficiently articulating how we can hold it together, grow and change as a society.

    If we calmly debate the issue and resolve how we can simultaneously walk in two worlds, the traditional and the modern political world, we will have come a long way toward resolving how we will progress as the indigenous people of this country.

  28. IslandBoy Says:

    @Dauvavana – Ni bula vinaka turaga nite, just wanted to bring to your attention this piece from fijilive
    No dialogue invitation for Bau chief

    Bau chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau has not received an invitation to attend the Bose Vanua meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua next month.

    Speaking to Fijilive this morning Ratu Epenisa said he had not received any letter from the interim Government nor was he anticipating one.

    “I’m sure others from Kubuna have received an invitation but I have not and neither have any members of my clan.”

    He confirmed he would not attend the proposed chiefs’ dialogue set for the 9th and 10th of next month, even if he was invited.

    “The reason behind this (chiefs’ dialogue) is well known to most of us,” Ratu Epenisa said.

    The Bau chief did not want to comment further on the proposed Bose Vanua, adding that he hoped it would go well.

    “It’s best that we leave the matter to the interim Government but my position is clear and I will not attend.”

    Meanwhile, chiefs from the province of Rewa are meeting in Lomanikoro Village to decide whether they will attend the meeting.

    Rewa’s paramount chief, Ro Teimumu Kepa, has confirmed that she has received an invitation but has not made a decision on her attendance.

  29. Dauvavana Says:

    @ Naita IB uummmm very interesting indeed!

  30. Isalei Says:

    Kemudou na Turaga kei na Marama Bale, du kavataka laivi na veisureti e caka mai na tamata qaciqacia qori, ni veivosaki mada ga vakai kemunu, as chiefs to chiefs. Kau laivi na veisureti mai vua na caqeveva uluveva qori o KOMAI-DA!

  31. kini Says:

    Wow, and the people revolution begins! Ratu Sukuna was overheard to have said to Ratu Mara, “RESPECT YOUR PEOPLE AND THEY WILL RESPECT YOU IN RETURN”! “YOU DISRECT THE PEOPLE AND YOU WILL LOSE THEIR RESPECT IN RETURN”!
    Vinaka JW,Dau ans Isa- i like your styles its time for all Fijians to stand up and be counted!

  32. newsfiji Says:

    I don’t want to recognize my chief because he only cares about himself…qai vaqara saraga yani nona tamata….ni sega gona na kaisi sega na turaga…se cava…o cei me qai vakaturaga taki ira…na vuni niu??

    If they can’t fight for the rights of it’s people – then bloody hell..piiss ga…

  33. butadroka Says:

    au vakabauta me sa rauta mada na viavia ratu kei na viavia adi, ka lako tiko mai viti. sa oti mai na kena gauna, dui tea mada na kena kanakana. ka laki cakacaka yani .or lets have some homebrew under the mango tree/ qai dua noda mata vei vutu levu/qai macala mada o ceie ratu. .

  34. RAUTALAIVI Says:

    Taukei Naisogolaca? If he was the Chief the I guess he has Tradditional Protocols…Looks like he got none….Only Personal Protocol to take care of!

    Oooops..I sega tiko na i lavo me ukutaki kina o Radini!

    Sa rauta mada!

  35. SViade~ Says:

    lol @buta……

  36. vitivou Says:

    sa na oca ga o iko butadroka na lauvutu ya……lolzzzz

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