By MAIKA BOLATIKI
Traditional chiefly disputes in provinces around the county have dropped.
This was confirmed by the Deputy Permanent Secretary of iTaukei Affairs Ministry, Colonel Apakuki Kurusiga.
“Chiefly disputes in all the 14 provinces have dropped,” Colonel Kurusiga said.
He said the ministry had been organising workshops on good leadership for chiefs.
He said as future leaders, chiefs had been reminded that “self-serving leaders are not as effective because people only obey them, not follow them. To be a worthy leader, you must be trustworthy.”
He adds – “It is important to understand the fact that it is the followers, not the leader, who determine if a leader is successful. If they do not trust or lack confidence in their leader, then they will be uninspired. To be successful, you have to convince your followers, not yourself, that you are worthy of being followed.”
Colonel Kurusiga said they had also stressed to future leaders that at all times they should be transparent and instill trust to the people they lead.
A message usually sent to workshop participants is that “leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. People do not follow uncommitted leaders.”
Chiefly disputes according Colonel Kurusiga usually arise when the chiefly clan is divided on who is to be installed.
He said such disputes could easily be resolved through cordial discussions within the chiefly clan and whatever decision reached must be respected.
“At all times the chiefly clan should be reminded that in the eyes of the people, leadership is everything a leader does that affects the people’s objectives and their wellbeing.”
The Deputy Permanent Secretary said the last resort used to solve disputes was for the matter to be referred to the Native Lands Commission (Vola ni Kawa Bula).
“Once a decision is made by the VKB, it will be final and cannot be challenged, “ he said.