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Suva mayor Peni Volavola calls it ‘sad’

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, February, 1, 2009) – The outgoing mayor of Fiji’s capital, Suva, Ratu Peni Volavola says dissolving municipal councils was an illegal move by the interim Government.

Ratu Peni who has been Suva mayor for six consecutive terms, told Fijilive the interim Government’s decision to dissolve councils was unfair.

"It is very sad that it has come to this," he said.

This decision means that the 12 town mayors of Fiji do not exist anymore while town clerks have been named chief executive officers.

The CEOs will be assisted by special administrators, whose positions will be advertised.

But Ratu Peni said they (mayors) should have been given an opportunity to present their case.

When asked about the capital projects pending Ratu Peni said, "go and ask the interim Government".

The interim Government has dissolved the 10 town and city councils in order for a "clean-up" of their operations, claiming that some municipalities have been tainted by political affiliations.

The interim Local Government Minister Filipe Bole has not indicated when the councils clean-up will end and new municipal elections held.


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