Pentecost Island Chief Announces Autonomous 'Global Harmonious City' Based On Melanesian Tradition

Chief Viraleo made waves for earlier refusing to abide by order to not wear customary clothing in court

By Len Garae

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, March 2, 2017) – Chief Viraleo who is also referred to as “Leader of Kastom Stet Gavman”, announced the founding of “Global Harmonious City” stretching along the northeast of Pentecost between Hingon Gumwina in Turaga Nation to Nakonkilan at the border of Lovini Nation.

The Head of the East Pentecost based Melanesian Global Institute at Lavatmagemu, has called on “nakamals” and “ethnic nations throughout the ‘kastom stet’ of Vanuatu”, to consider setting up towns and cities wherever possible, to safeguard the principles of self-determination in a truly sovereign state.

Chief Viraleo is currently released on bail following his arrest along with a group of his people for alleged criminal acts which were committed at Pentecost at the end of last year.

The chief recently made headlines in the media for defying the orders of a Supreme Court Judge, by donning his custom attire to court, instead of normal clothes of shirt and trousers.

He entered the Daily Post Offices to deliver a statement on behalf of the “Melanesian Global Institute of Science, Philosophy, Humanity and Technology”.

This time too he was wearing the same traditional “red malo” woven of shredded pandanus leaves from Penama Province, disguised by an extra-large longhand shirt, a pair of Chinese footwear and a pair of sun glasses attached to the top of his head.

While he removed the shirt and footwear for our picture, he commented with words to the effect that he put on a shirt to look normal.

Also the Chief touched on the concept of indigenous city model on February 19, 2017, during the poster launching of a complete set of 15 tuvatu pepa mane blong kastom karensi, in a ceremony marking 75 years of the life and legacy of the late Father Walter Lini.

According to Chief Viraleo, the total boundary of Global Harmonious City, cover Bule and Tabi tribal land consisting of 52 clan land management units. The concept, he said, was initiated during the Melanesian Indigenous Technology 2000 as part of millennium indigenous development model, and was endorsed in 2015 by a high level meeting of kastom stet representatives.

Research, designing and piloting by the Institute took 15 years.

“The model concept is based on customary law and indigenous values systems including collective ownership and accountability for peace and land management units for human dignity,” Chief Viraleo says.

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