Chief speaks against act

Fiji Sun - - Nation - PENI DRAUNA

Tui Macu­ata Ratu Wil iame Ka­toni­vere has con­demned the act of par­don­ing peo­ple who have com­mit­ted se­ri­ous crimes through the iTaukei tra­di­tional prac­tice known as bu­lubulu. Ratu Wil­iame said it was a dis­grace­ful act and an in­sult to iTaukei cul­ture and tra­di­tions.

“This is some­thing tra­di­tional lead­ers should be very cau­tious about,” Ratu Wil­iame said. “Be­fore ac­cept­ing the apol­ogy they should think about the se­ri­ous­ness of the case.” He noted these crimes were not like tres­pass­ing fish­ing ar­eas or steal­ing co­conuts from the neigh­bour’s farm where the tra­di­tional apol­ogy ap­plies. “Tra­di­tional lead­ers can­not ac­cept the apol­ogy as the peo­ple’s voice has to be heard.”

Ratu Wil­iame said the tra­di­tional lead­ers can­not use this to over­rule the law.

“The law is bro­ken and the per­son has to face the con­se­quences and chiefs should not in­ter­fere with Police work.” His com­ments come af­ter the iTaukei Af­fairs Board and the Methodist Church of Fiji and Ro­tuma also spoke against the misue of the tra­di­tional prac­tice. iTaukei Af­fairs Board deputy sec­re­tary Apakuki Ku­rusiga said: “Tra­di­tional apol­ogy must not be used by a law breaker and must not be ac­cepted and be used as ev­i­dence in a court of law.” Methodist Church general sec­re­tary Rev­erend Epineri Vakade­wavosa said: “The church has is­sues where tra­di­tional apolo­gies were used but would not in­ter­fere with the Police in­ves­ti­ga­tion when the law is bro­ken.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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