29 Apr 2008

Fiji top chief warns against rushed decisions as VP vacancy continues

2:00 pm on 29 April 2008

The Paramount chief of Rewa province in Fiji has said concerns about the health of the president should not push provincial councils into making quick decisions.

The taskforce explaining a restructured Great Council of Chiefs is urging provincial councils to sign up as early as possible because of what it says is the President's ailing health.

The GCC has the responsibility of appointing both the President and the Vice President, a position currently vacant.

The provinces of Namosi, Rewa and Naitasiri have so far rejected the new laws governing the appointment of GCC members.

The paramount chief of Rewa, Ro Teimumu Kepa, who was the Education Minister in the ousted government, believes the interim administration should be mindful of the situation that might face Fiji if the head of state became severely ill:

"They have to work with great urgency and to bring back the rule of law, I mean the ball is in their court. We know we have nothing to do with the decisions that they will make. But they have to realise and appreciate the diffiuclties that the country would be in if such a thing were to happen."

Ro Teimumu Kepa says the provincial councils should be looking at the bigger picture of taking care of Fijians in the present and in the future.