Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Regarding the new Tui Macuata

from Peceli
 I was happy to see the photo of Ratu Wiliame at first, but offerng a prayer and blessing should be done by the Talatala Qase not by Ratu Peni. Then when I see Ratu Peni with a big beard doing the blessing I stopped to think about it. Only Macuata people can understand the protocol. We have two chieflly clans, one is from Bolatagane which is Ratu Osea's family, and the other one is from Nawaivuvu and Vuya.  Usually they alternate in taking the Tui Macuata role. Ratu Jone Matanababa is the turaga ni yavusa in the Nawaivuvu and Vuya clan. Ratu Peni  should have realized the sensitivity of the situation and asked advice from both groups before rushing into an installation. Now the two groups are at odds with one another as indicted in the story in the Fiji Times. We people from Macuata are embarrassed by this situation. We need to pray for good sense and a right outcome.

from the Fiji Times today:

Chiefly split

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, May 23, 2013
A TEAM of police officers was deployed to the village of Naduri in Macuata yesterday to keep the peace after a split over the choice of the new Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere.
The atmosphere was tense as the two halls in the village accommodated two factions that had differences over the decision made by Taukei Namara Ratu Peni Sogia.
Divisional police commander North Senior Superintendent Fulori Rainibogi said the officers were sent to the village to keep the peace among villagers.
"We sent a team to monitor the situation in Naduri and ensure that nothing happens in the village," SSP Rainabogi said.
Police officers patrolled the village lawn and sat in meetings in the two halls. Ratu Peni and members of his tokatoka Namara sat in their own hall at one end of the village while members of the tokatoka Nawaivuvu and Vuya under the yavusa and mataqali of Caumatalevu met in the village hall in Lomanikoro of Naduri.
A heated argument erupted between Ratu Peni and traditional leaders of tokatoka Nawaivuvu and Vuya when they met to discuss the issue. Ratu Peni said in an interview with this newspaper that he had informed the traditional leaders meeting on Tuesday afternoon and no one objected.
He said the objection to the idea only happened yesterday morning.
But the turaga ni yavusa Nawaivuvu Ratu Jone Matanababa, who led a team of traditional leaders to Ratu Peni's house to ask him to call off the installation, said the consultation process followed was not right.
On his return from the meeting, he told clan members that the discussion was not fruitful as Ratu Peni had refused to call off the installation. "E katakata sara na veivosaki, caka na vei dusi, so na ka sega ni dodonu me cavuti sa cavuti ena delani katakata ni veivosaki. (It was a heated argument and fingers were pointed. Some words that were not supposed to be said were uttered.)," he said. Ratu Jone told clan members they did not agree with the decision made by Ratu Peni. He told them they were disappointed over the process followed to choose the new chief.
The disappointing factor, he said, was that the tokataka Nawaivuvu and Vuya had not met to discuss the successor of the chiefly title.
Young men in the hall suggested they visit Namara to iron out the issue with Ratu Peni while other members of the clan asked police about the powers they had to stop the installation.
But Adi Samanunu Katonivere, the younger sister of the late Tui Macuata, who was also in the hall told the men that if they wanted to clear the air with a good heart, they should visit Ratu Peni.
"Ko ga e kila ni nona itutu na gole i Namara me lai veivosaki vatakei Taukei Namara baleta na ka sa mai yaco, tucake gole kina baleta me savasava na noda tou veivosaki." (Whoever knows that they are the rightful people to go to Namara to talk to the Taukei Namara about this issue, please go so we can discuss openly with clean hearts).
Ratu Jone told his members that for the sake of keeping the peace in the village and their relationship as a family, it was important for them to remain calm and follow the proper channel of challenging the decision made by the Taukei Namara.
However, the young men present at the meeting told the elders they couldn't keep accepting such decisions because they would remain disappointed and so it was important for them to settle the matter.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

TUI MACUATA TITLE IS NULL AND VOID.ANY CORONATION OF A KING IS RECOGNISED WORLDWIDE; FINEST ANIMAL BREED FOR THE FUNCTION AND OTHER IMMACULATE PREPARATION BY THE WHOLE OF MACUATA FIT FOR THE KING DONE. THIS IS CORRUPTION ON THE HIGHEST LEVEL.
WHEN I WILL BECOME AN OVERLORD OF MACUATA MY FIRST INTENTION IS TO VISIT ALL THE 112 VILLAGES. IF I CAN TAKE THE MACUATA RUGBY TEAM AND THE LABASA SOCCER TEAM AROUND DURING MY VISIT, I WILL DO SO. VILLAGES NOT TO DO ANY PREPARATION FOR IT IS A GROG VISITING ROUND AND TALANOA SESSIONS WITH THE ELDERS OF ALL THE VILLAGES. I WILL TAKE MY GROG AND FOOD ALONG SO THAT I DON'T DISTURB VILLAGERS. 1KG GROG PER VILLAGE = 112KG. THIS IS A SCOUTING EXPEDITION AND ALSO GOING DOWN TO THE PEOPLE AND HEARING WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY AND GATHER IDEAS. "IGA IRA NOQU TAGANE, UA NI IGA I CAKE"

Anonymous said...

Just a correction its Tokatoka Nawaivuvu and Tokatoka Vuya under the Mataqali Caumatalevu, Yavusa Caumatalevu. This two tokatoka shares the chiefly title. The Tui Macuata title was once with Ratu Savenaca Erevonu Ritova from Nawaivuvu who died in 2000 and than to Ratu Katonivere from Tokatoka Vuya, from there it suppose to return back to the chiefly family of Nawaivuvu. The chiefly title should be discussed and decided by both the chiefly family who then inform the sau turaga of Caumatalevu to do the tradition installation. Today we see that its not about the people or the vanua its all about the $$$ that they did this informal installation. Too much pride.....Maqa ni Ura me Damu ni U'a.