|Vanuautu's newest chief Bainimarma aka Warwar. pic MINFO|
"This is what sets up apart – our traditional ceremony and our solidarity"
It's the biggest hypocrisy out - Frank Bainimarama has killed off Fiji's Great of Council of Chiefs or Boselevu Vakaturaga but has himself become a chief in Vanuatu.
The country's self-appointed prime minister was installed as Chief of Malampa, one of the largest provinces in Vanuatu, five days ago - just as he was preparing gazette the disestablishment of the Great Council of Chiefs.
He revealed yesterday when he announced the GCC was formally abolished that the gazetting was done several days ago - probably about the time he was happily accepting his new chief title.
It's the biggest hypocrisy out and shows again that the 2006 coup leader is shutting down Fiji's traditional chiefly system to stifle the power they have on the people of Fiji to act against him.
For while he is happy to support another country's council of chiefs, he will not tolerate one in his own country because they are a threat to him.
Bainimarama's Vanuatu chief title is Warwar or chief of the island of Ambrym, which lies in northern Vanuatu in the Malampa province.
The ceremony to make him chief was according to the Ministry of Information release "four years of waiting and preparation following the Prime Minister’s adoption in 2008 by the chiefly family of Malampa."
He was given his title by the chiefs of the province at a traditional ceremony at the Melanesian Spearhead Group headquarters in Port Villa and the ceremony was conducted by the National Council of Chiefs or the Malvatu Mauri as it is known.
In return for the title, Bainimarama gave two pigs - one for the chiefs and one for the Malampa province.
In his acceptance speech he thanked the people of Vanuatu, the chiefs and the government of Vanuatu for the traditional custom saying: “This is what we need in Melanesia, what sets up apart – our traditional ceremony and our solidarity.
“I thank the chiefs of the Malvatumauri for the traditional ceremony.”
Bainimarama also took the gifts presented to him by MSG members at the end of the ceremony, another traditional practice that he yesterday claimed made Fiji's GCC elitist and privileged.
We are in no doubt that this regime, led by the destructive hand of Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and aided and abetted by Bainimarama, is working to destroy Fiji as it tries to justify its illegal rule.
We are not alone: numerous stories about the disestablishment of the GCC have appeared today on international news sites, so the world knows Bainimarama aka Warwar, is making war on his own people.
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