By MAIKA BOLATIKI
A member of the chiefly clan (Mataqali Valelevu) of Somosomo Village in Taveuni, Ratu Jekesoni Yavalanavanua, has called on Turaga Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, to support the Government.
He said as the paramount chief of Cakaudrove, the Tui Cakau should join other chiefs in the Northern Division in supporting the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama-led Government.
The former senator said during the Prime Minister’s recent visit to Taveuni, the Welagi and Vuna districts offered their support to the Prime Minister but nothing was heard from the Tui Cakau. Ratu Jekesoni said nearly all the chiefs in the 14 provinces had publicly voiced their support but not the Tui Cakau.
“I call on my chief to support the Government especially when we the people of Cakaudrove had given our support to the Prime Minister,” Ratu Jekesoni said.
He said other provinces had benefitted from their unwavering support to the Prime Minister and the Government. Ratu Jekesoni said while there had been a lot of criticisms against the 2006 leadership takeover here and abroad, in terms of development, the Prime Minister Bainimarama-led Government had a much better record than previous elected governments.
In an interview with Ratu Naiqama after the Prime Minister’s tour of Taveuni, he confirmed he had never been at a function where the Prime Minister was.
On his support for the Government he had earlier said he would only support an elected government.
Ratu Jekesoni said the Government had the support of the people because it was delivering its promises.
Past governments he said had made a lot of promises just to get the votes but most of these promises remained unfulfilled today.