Wednesday, October 8, 2008

GCC nominees sent to ministry

GCC nominees sent to ministry - Wednesday, October 08, 2008

THE Great Council of Chiefs Taskforce team leader, Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo, has received the names of new nominees from the provinces and forwarded them to the Fijian Affairs Ministry.
"We have played our part but the details of who the new look GCC members will be and when they will convene will be made by Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama," he said.
Ratu Josateki said most provinces rejected their submissions so they went to the bose vanua to get the numbers to convene the GCC.
He said Commodore Bainimarama was reluctant to take that path after the provinces rejected the move to submit new names.
"That path would create conflicts so now the GCC would be like this for a while," he said.
Commodore Bainimarama said on radio yesterday there would be no GCC if the provinces failed to cooperate because a number of them had not made any submissions.
He said this raised the issue of the relevance of the institution.
The Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, said the GCC should be reinstated because it was the only institution capable of dealing with crisis situations in Fiji.
Ratu Naiqama said the GCC had shown its colors after previous coups and that their decisions stood out.
"The institution has been there before the Deed of Cession and it is where the chiefs of this country rest issues of serious implications," he said.
Ratu Naiqama said reconciliation could start with the GCC.
The new-look GCC needs 35 names of installed chiefs before it could be convened.
The Rotuma Council of Chiefs also agreed to join the new look GCC after the seven districts gave it their support.

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