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SUVA, Fiji Islands (September 22, 1999 – Fiji Daily Post)---Chiefs of the Tovata confederacy have assured the President, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, of their support in his role as head of state and in his traditional role as paramount chief of Lau.

The pledge of loyalty and support came as the chiefs disassociated themselves from a motion of no-confidence, that was moved in the Cakaudrove Provincial Council against Ratu Sir Kamisese at its meeting in Somosomo, Taveuni on September 8.

The no-confidence motion is believed to have been engineered by Opposition Leader Ratu Inoke Kubuabola over his differences with Ratu Sir Kamisese on the Opposition Leader's Senate nominees.

The Cakaudrove Provincial Council had debated the no-confidence motion on Ratu Sir Kamisese.

However, it was only through the intervention of former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka that swayed the council to re-direct its anger at Government and not at Ratu Sir Kamisese.

Mr. Rabuka reminded the council of Ratu Sir Kamisese's role as President, of which he was doing his duty, and that of the traditional relationship and bond between the Tui Nayau and the Tui Cakau.

The council then went on to adopt a no-confidence motion against Mahendra Chaudhry's Government.

However, on Friday evening, chiefs from the Tovata confederacy, comprising Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata approached Ratu Sir Kamisese traditionally to apologize over the motion at the Somosomo meeting.

While Government House was silent on the issue yesterday, political sources confirmed the meeting, claiming that the group, which included Mr. Rabuka, had assured Ratu Sir Kamisese of their continued loyalty and support.

The group also assured Ratu Sir Kamisese that the traditional bond between members of the Tovata Confederacy remains and will not be moved by modern day politics.

For additional reports from The Fiji Daily Post, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Resources/Fiji Live

 

I MOVED PRESIDENT MARA NO CONFIDENCE VOTE, SAYS VAKALALABURE

SUVA, Fiji Islands (Sept. 22, 1999 – Fiji Broadcasting Commission)---The Vunivalu of Natewa, Ratu Tevita Vakalalabure, says that the motion of no confidence in the President, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, was moved by him at the recent Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting.

He says he did not need Leader of the Opposition and SVT leader Ratu Inoke Kubuabola to engineer the move. He says he finds the suggestion an insult to his intelligence.

Vakalalabure maintains that no wrong had been committed by proposing the vote of no confidence and there was no need to seek forgiveness.

His statement follows media reports that the Cakaudrove chiefs had apologized to Mara about the reported vote of no confidence bid.

For additional reports from The Fiji Broadcasting Commission, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources/Fiji Live.

 

WE DIDN'T APOLOGIZE, SAYS CAKAUDROVE CHIEFS]

SUVA, Fiji Islands (Sept. – Fiji Broadcasting Commission)---Cakaudrove chiefs have slammed today's Daily Post report that claimed their visit to Government House yesterday was to apologize to the President.

The newspaper reported that the chiefs apologized to the Tui Nayau, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, following a motion of no confidence in the President, moved at the recent Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting.

For additional reports from The Fiji Broadcasting Commission, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources/Fiji Live.

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