Sunday, August 22, 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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