Chief ‘Deporting’ Vanuatu Troublemakers To Home Islands

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Chief ‘Deporting’ Vanuatu Troublemakers To Home Islands Unnamed Efate chief calls on other leaders to do the same

By Len Garae

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Jan. 2, 2013) – A highly respectable chief from an offshore island of Efate has challenged chiefs from other islands and provinces in Vanuatu to do what he did and "deport" their trouble makers home to their islands.

The chief who asked not to be named said a young member of his community was causing instability in the homes of couples from his island in Port Vila.

He organized meetings with her and the victims that she continued with her disorderly behavior and finally he decided to send home to her island and banished her from Efate for five years.

"I also made myself clear to all owners of water taxis that any boat found transporting her to the main land would automatically have his business license cancelled," the chief says.

"But my chiefly decision did not go down well with her and her family so they appealed against it to the Commissioner of Police.

We had a roundtable meeting and she and her family said I had breached her right of freedom of movement by sending her home and stopping her from returning to Efate."

The chief says he asked her during the meeting, "So you are saying that I have breached your right of freedom of movement.

Let me ask you one question, ‘If you used your right of freedom of movement and in your freedom, picked up a gun and pointed at a person to shoot him.

Do you think the police would arrest you or not?" "At the end the trouble maker served her five-year-term living in her Island and at the end of it, I lifted my decision and she was able to return to Efate and Port Vila."

Similarly another chief from an island in the North of the country also bought an air ticket for his cousin because he was concerned that women from the south were "fighting over him."

He explains, "I gave the ticket to the police on general duty who picked up the young man and took him to the airport then called the police in Luganville to meet him and put him on the plane to Longana and they in turn called Saratamata for the police to wait for him at Longana airfield.

They collected him and drove him home to his village and it was done.

"I also did the same for a USP student at Emalus Campus who boasted about wearing new clothes every day without paying for them.

She was a thief. I gave the police her ticket and they tracked her down and drove her to the airport. The same procedure was carried out and Saratamata police handed her safely to her parents. The last time I met her, she was happily married and had three children."

Both chiefs say they have successfully carried out the tasks and the police were very helpful in making sure that the trouble makers went home and stayed in their islands.

They believe the Vaturisu declaration can just as easily be carried out with trouble makers from other islands. All that it needs is a strong commitment by all the chiefs of each island to help the police maintain law and order by sending all trouble makers home to their islands.

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