Bua Village Headmen Welcome Draft By-Law
The village bylaws can help enforce certain village rules that have not been followed so I do agree with it.
VillageHeadman of Galoa
Three village headmen (turaga-ni-koros) in Bua, Vanua Levu, have welcomed a draft village by-law. Village headman of Nawailevu, Navitalai Masirewa said he supported the provision for village meeting (bose vakoro) attendance. He said one of challenges he faced was the poor attendance at village meetings. When the by-law comes into effect, villagers who fail to attend a village meeting without a legitimate reason will be fined.
The fine will be decided by the villagers. Village headman of Waitabu, Wale Robanalago, echoed the same sentiments.
“The village by-laws can help enforce certain village rules that have not been followed so I do agree with it,” said Village Headman of Galoa, Watisoni Taukei.
The village by-law, drafted by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, is designed to lift the standard of village life and promote peace, stability, order, health and wellbeing. Permanent Secretary of the
iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua had earlier stated that “when you come into the village you’ll have to respect the village by-law.”
“There are 20 subtitles of the village by-laws and would include a dress code and attending a village meeting,” said Mr Katonitabua. He said for the next eight months, consultation sessions would be held throughout Fiji to discuss the content of the village by-laws and clarify issues on villagerules. “All village headmen are expected to receive their copy of the village by-laws by the end of this month,” he said.