The Lau Provincial Council meeting and bazaar is underway in Suva.
So far there has been no fireworks, unlike last year when Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, a son of the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and the Commanding Officer of Third Infantry Regiment (3FIR), locked out those seeking leadership of the Council, namely former Public Service Commission Chairman, Anare Jale, and his supporters.
Ratu Tevita or Roko Lui became Chairman of the Council and endorsed the People's Charter initiative. So far there is a display of unity as people of Lau residing in Suva and surrounding districts have converged on the city to support the bazaar.
Sources have told us that there are strong traditional links between Lau and Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa. Her elder sister the late Ro Lady Lala Mara and Ratu Mara's wife was Ro Teimumu's predecessor.
Roko Lui is the high profile nephew of Ro Teimimu, the paramount chief who was locked up for two days at Central Police Station and the military hadquarters Queen Elizabeth Barracks last week after her statement was posted on a blogsite confirming that Rewa intended to hold the Methodist Church Conference in Lomanikoro.
We have been reliably told that Ro Teimumu had already sent out an invitation to Lau in the traditional manner to attend the conference. But with the interim regime head Frank Bainimarama insisting that police and the military have cancelled the conference, it is likely that the issue will be raised at the Lau meeting.