23 Jul 2009

People of Fiji's Rewa province fear for detained high chief's safety

1:29 pm on 23 July 2009

The arrest of the Fiji paramount chief Ro Teimumu Kepa has prompted fears for her safety.

Rewa Provincial Council's deputy chairman, Pita Tagicakiverata, says when he visited the chief at the Central Police Station yesterday she was cheerful.

Mr Tagicakiverata says it appears the charges Ro Teimumu faces are in relation to having accepted on Sunday the Methodist church's request to host its conference.

But he was cautious about saying anything that might endanger her.

"That is a concern of all Rewans. We don't want to see our paramount chief in custody like this but I was very glad yesterday when I saw her at CID headquarters and she was well, smiling and all that. Her health and safety is our concern and I'm glad that she is being treated well"

Pita Tagicakiverata of Fiji's Rewa Provincial Council.