The Vunivalu of Rewa and the chief protector of Marama Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Epeli V Mataitini, has confirmed that it was him who told the interim regime's security personnel how to arrest his paramount chief, Ro Teimimu Kepa, last Tuesday.
Coupfourpointfive can reveal that Mataitini has issued a statement saying it's time the Methodist Church and political parties stopped using the Vanua to advance their own political agendas.
He said yesterday the events of the past week had brought to bear the perils of over-stepping the evangelistic missionary work of the Church and using the mana of the Vanua to advance the political agendas of a few.
By saying "using the mana of the Vanua to advance the political agendas of a few", Mataitini is accusing the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi of using the Vanua of Rewa to suit her own political agenda.
Ro Teimumu was arrested by 16 police officers at midnight last Tuesday and detained for two days at the Central Police Station and then taken to the military cell at Queen Elizabeth Barracks.
She appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court last Thursday on charges of contravening Public Order Act under the Public Emergency Regulations and inciting her people and the Church members to hold the annual conference in Rewa.
Mataitini has been the Vunivalu of Rewa since Ro Teimumu was installed as Marama Roko Tui Dreketi five years ago after the death of her elder sister, Ro Lady Lala Mara in July 2004.
The chiefly village of Lomanikoro - home of the Roko Tui Dreketi and in this case the residence of Ro Teimumu - is inaccessible by road. The only way to get to Lomanikoro is by punts or small boats.
The way 16 police officers went to Lomanikoro in pitch darkness led many to suspect the regime's security henchmen had inside information.
Coupfourpointive can confirm police officers slipped quietly and unnoticed into Lomanikoro, went directly to Ro Teimimu's chiefly residence and arrested her.
The traditional warriors, or the bati protecting Ro Teimumu, were nowhere to be seen or heard.
As Vunivalu of Rewa, Mataitini is in charge of security arrangements for Ro Teimumu. But it's believed he chose not to organise any protection for the paramount chief that night.
Mataitini has been a supporter of the dictatorship regime. He was a member of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji and praised the regime and interim regime, Frank Bainimarama, during a meeting of more than 100 mostly insignificant chiefly title holders at the military barracks in December last year.
It was a failed public relations exercise in terms of garnering support of Fijian chiefs of substance for the regime.
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