Vanuatu Chiefs’ Council Calls On Government For Support

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Vanuatu Chiefs’ Council Calls On Government For Support Malvatumauri have long agenda of projects for coming years

By Anita Roberts

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Jan. 2, 2013) – The head of Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs (MNCC) has requested Vanuatu’s government support the plans and projects the body prepares to implement early this year and the years to come.

In an early Christmas gathering hosted at the Chiefs Nakamal, President of MNCC, Chief Senimao Tirsupe, made the request to the newly formed government of last month led by Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, to continue to assist MNCC with its plans and projects.

These include electing an island council of chiefs in the provincial election which will happen soon, implementing the road map approved last year, setting up customary land officers in provincial governments and help preserve respect and the value of custom by providing fencing around MNCC area.

These also include reviewing MNCC budget, reviewing the internal physical structure and plan and importantly working closely with chiefs around Vanuatu in their approved plans to hold onto customary governing system.

He acknowledged the government for recognizing the role of chiefs for making sure there is rule and order within communities.

The Ministry of Justice is responsible to look after this custom institution.

The president acknowledged other institutions that also support the chiefs to promote custom and culture. He sent special greetings to the MNCC donor partners, Port Vila and Luganville Municipality, Vanuatu Christian Council, Women’s Department, Judiciary, Police, old men and women and everyone who is from Vanuatu.

He is appealing to every chief to build a good working relationship to continue to carry out the future plans and activities for this respected country where custom believes and tradition is all times maintained.

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