GCC meeting: Great Council of Chiefs established by geneology – Rabuka

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Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka at Bau Island for the second day of the Great Council of Chiefs meeting. Picture: JONA KONATACI

The Great Council of Chiefs is established by geneology, all the Chiefs can do is listen to the youth and women folk and bring their issues to the discussion table.

This was the response by the Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka when asked about the lack of youth and female representation in the reconvened GCC.

Some Fijians have taken to social media to voice concerns on the lack of youth and women representation in the indigenous institution.

Speaking about the selection process, Mr Rabuka said those who elected to sit in the GCC meeting were selected by their respective provinces.

“Those that have been involved are mostly very senior people of the province,” the PM said.

Mr Rabuka said as far as women representation was concerned, one of the three permanent members of the council was the Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa.

He said because of the way GCC members were elected through inheritance and geneology, it could not reflect the concerns raised by the handful of Fijians who wanting to see a modern council.

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