Monday, July 5, 2010

Headmen ready to enforce bylaws


Fiji Times - Tuesday, July 06, 2010
VILLAGE headmen are expected to execute their duties as custodians of the new village by-laws as early as next month, the Fijian Affairs Board has confirmed.
Fijian Affairs Board deputy chief executive officer Colonel Apakuki Kurusiga said yesterday said a team assigned to put together the various recommendation from the 14 provinces of Fiji would be presenting a paper next month in which they hope to finalise a decision for its implementation.
Col. Kurusiga said the response from the 14 provinces was overwhelming.
"From what we gather all provinces fully support the village-by laws and want it implemented without further delays," he said.
"We'll put it to them and we'll see if they can allow it through. A lot of people want changes," he added.
He said because of the geographical locations of some provinces the deadline for submissions would finally close this week.
He said that some interesting inputs from various tikina such as Verata in Tailevu and even Ba Province was really encouraging. Ba Province, in its submission called for the banning of gay relationship, adultery and also eloping in village settings.
Col. Kurusiga said the FAB would hold a workshop for NGOs and various government departments within the next two weeks to gauge their views.

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