Fijivillage
NEWS SPORTS
30 September, 2020, 2:20 pm Central - 24°C Rain
ACCF
ACCF

Rabuka calls on government to rebuild the GCC meeting house and also cautioned the nation to remain calm

Rabuka calls on government to rebuild the GCC meeting house and also cautioned the nation to remain calm

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 13/12/2019

Opposition Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka has called on the government to rebuild the Great Council of Chiefs Meeting House and he has also cautioned the nation to remain calm. 

Rabuka says he is gravely shocked and disappointed by the destruction of the magnificent meeting house originally intended for the Great Council of Chiefs.

In a statement, Rabuka says the Vale ni Bose is only 10 years old yet has been destroyed by fire yesterday.

The Opposition Leader says the government must carry out a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the fire. Rabuka says the Bainimarama Government must also inform the public on its plans and whether the meeting house will be rebuilt.

He also said in the statement that he also cautions the nation to remain calm despite the shock, offence and upset the fire has caused.

Rabuka says the chiefs’ vision was that the Vale ni Bose and the Complex would be a powerful symbol of the independence of iTaukei Institutions which would all be housed in the one complex.

He says as Chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs in 2001, he initiated negotiations for the land in Draiba, on which the complex is situated to be transferred from the iTaukei Affairs Board to the Trust Fund in order for the GCC Complex to be constructed in Draiba.

Rabuka has urged the iTaukei Affairs Fund and the Government to consider rebuilding the Vale ni Bose with urgency given the important function it served. He says the land in Draiba should not be used for anyother purpose.

Rabuka says questions remain unanswered on when exactly the alarm was raised, whether smoke detectors and alarms were operational, and who was sleeping or absent while the Vale ni Bose was destroyed.

He says it is also an opportunity to renew our hope and our faith that we will overcome.

Rabuka says a new day is coming, we will unite and rise above this situation and rebuild our nation.

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama has not made any comments.

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
IN DEPTH
USP Grant
Govt withholds $27.7 million USP grant until a resolution on the highlighted ...
2 days ago

Pollution in Suva
Serious concerns raised as research shows microplastic in fish and other seafood sources in ...
7 days ago

RKS students stage protests against their principal
Akbar says they hope to resume classes at RKS on Monday but this will depend on the recommendations by the investigating ...
23 days ago
FEATURE NEWS
The church has a role in politics - Archbishop Chong
The Head of the Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong says he does not mind some people saying that he is mixing religion with politics b...
1 hour ago
LATEST NEWS
Rate of recidivism is below 10% – AG
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says today the rate of recidivism is below 10% which is a huge achievement. While commissioning the newly ...
1 hour ago

Approval for 9 major projects worth $48 million given in September by Ministry of Local Government
The Ministry of Local Government has given approval for nine major development projects worth $48 million this month. This has been revealed by ...
1 hour ago

Man allegedly found drunk driving during curfew
A man who was arrested for breaching curfew in Ba on Monday is also facing an additional charge of drunk driving. Police say the man was found ...
2 hours ago

Gas and fuel prices to change from tomorrow
Gas prices will increase from tomorrow. The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission says a 13kg gas cylinder will now cost $33.69 from ...
4 hours ago

13-year-old student admitted at the Labasa Hospital after road accident yesterday
A 13-year-old student is currently admitted at the Labasa Hospital after he was allegedly hit by a car along the Basoga Road in Labasa ...
5 hours ago

TOP