Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Reshuffle for Roko Tui posts

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

THE interim Government will reshuffle Roko Tui positions in provincial council offices, says interim Indigenous Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

There are 14 provincial roko serving at provincial councils nationwide.

He said the aim of the reshuffle was to ensure that no roko served in his or her own province.

When contacted at least one roko Tui said the last he understood was that he would continue his current post.

Roko Tui Tailevu Joape Nalatu, who is from Nadroga, referred queries to the Fijian Affairs Board.

But he also confirmed that he would stay on this year at the Tailevu Provincial Council.

Roko Tui Namosi Samisoni Tuilawaki said he was on long-service leave and not aware of any changes by the ministry.

"I am on leave and will start some time next week. I have not heard or been informed on that issue," Mr Tuilawaki said.

Yesterday Ratu Epeli also denied claims that the interim Government was considering reviewing provincial councils.

The denial came after some concern that the ministry was considering following the example of the Local Government Ministry, which replaced mayors with administrators last month

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