Bua Vil­lage Head­men Wel­come Draft By-Law

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The vil­lage by­laws can help en­force cer­tain vil­lage rules that have not been fol­lowed so I do agree with it.

Wati­soni Taukei

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.

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