Apr 11, 2021 Last Updated 4:12 AM, Apr 8, 2021

By Netani Rika


FINAL preparations are being made on Bau for the funeral of Ratu Jioji (George) Kadavulevu Cakobau tomorrow.

Ratu George, eldest son of the late Ratu Sir George Cakobau, died last month after a long illness.

He was one of two claimants to the ancient titles of Vunivalu and Tui Kaba.

Ratu George's body will arrive in Bau late today accompanied by traditional warriors (bati) and lie overnight at the Navatanitawake before a church service and burial tomorrow.

The chiefly funeral was accorded after a request by Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, the rival claimant.

Ratu George lived most of his life at Mokani Village.

A dispute last month over the Vunivalu title saw Ratu Epenisa detained after an armed raid on his home by troops and police.

The raid was ordered by the government to stop his installation.

For the moment all rivalry has been set aside to allow customary funeral rites to take place.


By Netani Rika 

RATU Epenisa Cakobau has lodged a complaint against police and the army for his arrest on Bau Island on June 7.

The complaint was lodged at Nausori Police Station this afternoon.

Ratu Epenisa claims police and the military abused their powers by arresting him, his herald Ratu Jack Komaitai and a representative of the Gonesau Clan, Dr Ratu Joji Malani.

The men were seized by armed troops who burst onto the chiefly dwelling at Mataiwelagi around 5am.

The raid was ordered after police received reports that Ratu Epenisa would be installed as Vunivalu later in the day.

Earlier Native Lands Commissioner Ratu Vananalagi Vesikula ordered a halt to proceedings after claiming the correct selection procedures had not been followed.

His intervention came days after Vunivalu claimant, Ratu George Cakobau, visited Prime Minister Rear-Admiral Frank Baimimarama to complain about the installation.

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