Bau chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau
Taukei may no longer feel it is their traditional duty to vote according to what their chiefs tell them. Indeed, some chiefs will tell their people to vote for whom they please as this Fiji Village article indicates. The Kubuna initiative could be quite a setback for SODELPA whose forebear, SDL, relied heavily on Taukei voting as their chiefs directed.
People of Tailevu have the freedom to choose who to vote for
This is the response from the chiefly herald of the Vunivalu of Bau Josua Dainiteri following the visit by the leader of the Social Democratic Liberal Party Ro Teimumu Kepa and senior officials of the party last night.
Dainiteri said Bau chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau accepted the SODELPA team as they were seeking the approval of the chiefs to have campaign meetings in the villages in the province of Tailevu.
He said Ratu Epenisa Cakobau told the delegation that the traditional links between Bau, the vanua of Kubuna and the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi and the vanua of Burebasaga will always remain.
But Dainiteri said the people of Tailevu have the freedom to choose whoever they want to vote for on Election Day.
About 70 people were present at the Ulunivuaka meeting house last night including Roko Tui Bau Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, Ratu Jope Seniloli and SODELPA President Ratu Silivenusi Waqausa who is also from Bau.
SODELPA media manager Sainiana Radrodro said this is a courtesy visit to seek the traditional approval to begin the political campaigns in the province.
The SODELPA team included Ro Teimumu Kepa, the President of the party Silivenusi Waqausa, General Secretary Pio Tabaiwalu and Tailevu representative Ratu Isoa Tikoca.