Letter to Editor - www.fijitimes.com - 10 July 2008
FOR the information of Jovilisi Cavuka (FT 2/7) the leading chief of Matuku at the time, the Tui Yaroi, was taken captive by Ma'afu and held prisoner in Lakeba until his death.
He never returned to Matuku. It was none other than the Tui Yaroi's own son, Kolitagane, who sought the assistance of Ma'afu to stop the Tui Yaroi terrorising and killing villagers on the island who had accepted the lotu.
The present chiefly title of Tui Matuku was created by Ma'afu. So it does not stand to reason that a slain and defeated army as claimed by Mr Cavuka would then march up to the supposed victorious chief's own village and take the chief prisoner.
I would urge Mr Cavuka to read the documented accounts of these that are readily available at the National Archives and church arrival records.
It would enlighten him of some circumstances that are best forgotten.