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Naming of new Vunivalu put on hold


Jun 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM

Naming of new Vunivalu put on hold The naming of Fiji’s new Vunivalu of Bau will be on hold for now until further notice.

The Vunivalu Ni Bau title is one of the country’s highest chiefly titles which had been left vacant for 23 years after the death of the last Vunivalu, Ratu Sir George Cakobau.

Tunitoga Ratu Veiwili Komaitai told FijiLive everything has been placed on hold after the recent death of Adi Samanunu Cakobau Talakuli, the eldest daughter of the last Vunivalu of Bau.

“Right now we are still mourning the death of Adi Samanunu,” said Komaitai.

“Until all traditional ceremony have been held on behalf of Adi Samanunu’s passing away then the clan will see where we will go from there,” he said.

He said they will be informing the Vanua of Tailevu and the Kubuna confederacy of their plans when everything is finalised.

He also said that out of the four candidates that had been announced in the past, only two names were considered.

The Turaga Na Vunivalu Ni Bau (warlord of Bau or root of war) is also the paramount chief of the Kubuna Confederacy.

Ratu George had announced on June 9, 2005, that the chiefs of Matanitu o Bau (the traditional chiefly government of Bau, which includes the districts of Dravo, Namata, Nausori, and Nuku), had selected the four chiefly candidates, to be submitted to the Tui Kaba clan, to choose one of them.

A second meeting a week later tentatively proposed Senator Ratu George Cakobau as the new Vunivalu, but his appointment was not finalised and is not without controversy.

The Vunivalu when installed takes the title of Tui Levuka, as he is the traditional leader of the Levuka people of Lakeba, Lau. The wife of the Vunivalu is titled Radi Levuka.

The head of the Tovata confederacy is the Tui Cakau, currently Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, and the head of the Burebasaga confederacy is the Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Traditionally, the heads of the three confederacies are regarded as the highest ranking chiefs in Fiji.

By Mereani Gonedua



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