4 Sep 2006

Call for Sitiveni Rabuka to resign from Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs

6:01 am on 4 September 2006

There's been a high-level call on the former Fiji prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, to resign his life membership of the Great Council of Chiefs.

It follows suggestions by Mr Rabuka that Fiji's chiefly system should be abolished and all land and sea resources nationalized and entrusted to the state.

He said Tanzania had done both after independence and become the most stable country in Africa.

But a former chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, has told the Sunday Post it was discourteous of Mr Rabuka to air his views in this way.

Mr Rabuka was made a life member of the Great Council of Chiefs, although a commoner, after he carried out his two military coups in 1987 in the name of indigenous rights.

Ratu Epeli said if Mr Rabuka feels strongly about abolishing the chiefly system, he should resign his membership from the Great Council.