GUADALCANAL CHIEFS TAKE TRADITIONAL OATH

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New Paramount Chief Limani replaces Savani

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Oct. 22, 2008) - More than 500 people attended the consecration of chiefs in Sahalu Ward, Marovovo, North West Guadalcanal, last week.

Twenty-five chiefs, including a paramount chief, an acting paramount chief and 23 community chiefs took their oath before Father Peter Jimmy.

The paramount chief, Anthony Limani Sara, replaces Barnabas Savani, who served as the highest chief for Sahalu in the last five years.

Commissioner of oath for Public Solicitor’s office, Sophia Munamua Choniey, said in every village life there are three levels of governance.

"It has to be addressed within the communities by chiefs as they are the ones appointed to do so," Ms Choniey said. "We have laws under which disputes are resolved in the community. I appeal to the paramount chief and council of chiefs to do your duties as expected of you as this swearing in empowers you to do so," she said.

Meanwhile, the new paramount chief, Mr Sara, thanked the community and guests for honouring him with their presence.

"I want to take this opportunity to offer my profound gratitude to thank the chiefs of Sahalu for their confidence, trust and honour bestowed upon me," he said.

"My family and tribe accepted with humility these responsibilities and pray to do our best to fulfill what is expected of me. There are lots of dispute between us that needs to be settled. We cannot live in peace and harmony with each other if nothing is done."

Mr Sara said he will call a meeting shortly to select a chiefs committee.

The committee, he said, will work towards reconciliation as well as set up a strong secretariat to look after the administration of the House of Chiefs.

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