Monday, August 23, 2010

Chief wants clear lines

Theresa Ralogaivau
Monday, August 23, 2010


THE State has been asked to clearly demarcate provincial boundaries of Macuata and Cakaudrove, to remove the disagreements and tension in a village confused about the province it belongs to.

Ratu Peni Vukicanavanua told Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama at a recent meeting that the unclear boundary between the two provinces was causing confusion at Batiri Village.

Batiri Village has two of almost everything ù village headmen, development plans, village meetings and conch shells ù as one side swears allegiance to Macuata and the other to Cakaudrove.

The village sits on the border of Cakaudrove and Macuata outside Seaqaqa.

Disputes still exist between Yavusa Batiri ù which believes they belong to Macuata ù and Yavusa Seaqaqa ù which believes they belong to Cakaudrove.

This is in spite of a village meeting earlier this year where the Roko Tui Cakaudrove Ro Aca Mataitini told all the villagers they owed allegiance to Cakaudrove.

Ro Aca had warned villagers to unite and to gracefully accept they were part of Cakaudrove.

"There was confusion because from the period up to 1929 they were part of Seaqaqa which falls within Macuata province," he said.

"But when provincial division were made they became part of Cakaudrove yet one side of the village especially those that belong to the Yavusa Batiri continued to pay allegiance to Macuata.

"It caused divisions in the village, caused verbal confrontations and almost ended in physical assaults with those from the Yavusa Seaqaqa.

"It can't be this way because the government will only recognise one village headman and if the differences continue then development will bypass Batiri."



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    1 comment:

    Viliame said...

    Iam a member of Yavusa Batiri and I wish to speak for my people back home and those living abroad..Firstly I must thank you all for your loyalty and faithfulness to those who were there for you when you needed it most.. after all these years of living in peace and hamony under the banner of the Masi ni vanua Seaqaqa and the able leadership of the chiefly clan Bolatagane [Tui Macuata] it will be a tragedy to leave.....To you Ro Aca who ever you are, you are a hypocrit to the highest level, talking about unity ,and warning my people at that..... you belong to a province that is torn apart by greed and distrust please go home to your people...settle your own affairs before trying to unite others....
    to my brother Peni Vukicanavanua, yavusa seaqaqa,Batiri..... there is nothing wrong with the land boundaries and there is no dispute from the people of yavusa Batiri.....we the people of Yavusa Batiri have choosen our destiny... and our allegiance..is. with those we trust namely Masi Seaqaqa and Taukei Bolatagane.... to every one concern please leave us alone .....we have made up our mind......Thankyou and God bless you.