19 Oct 2012

Vanuatu chiefs agree on meeting fee

5:19 pm on 19 October 2012

The Port Vila Town Council of Chiefs and chiefs from Vanuatu provinces have agreed that each chief must be paid 81 US dollars before he can hold any meeting to resolve any issue in a home or community.

If a case goes as far as the Port Vila Town Council of Chiefs, the person taking the case has to pay a fee of 108 US dollars before the meeting can take place.

The chiefs meeting also agreed that they will send all regular troublemakers back to their home islands.

The Police Crime Prevention Officer, James Aru, says the chiefs have that power and an individual's right to movement and expression should not be a deterrent to sending home those who break the law.