Emau politics in turmoil

Emau Island off North Efate

By Jonas Cullwick

There is a call for the chiefs of all six villages in Emau Island, off North Efate, to come together and perform a custom reconciliation to the chiefs and people of Lausake for the change to their historical position on fielding and supporting candidates for Shefa Provincial council at past provincial elections.

A youth leader from the island who wishes to remain anonymous says he is extremely saddened by the attitude of one candidate who allegedly hassled a chief during an incident at Marou village last week over selection of a candidate to represent Emau in the upcoming provincial election.

“Emau does not need such a leadership, especially from a candidate contesting the election, and it is a slap in the face for Marou village.”

The youth leader said there are four candidates contesting this election – one from Marou village, one from Ngurua and two from Lausake.

“Every election the villages take turns in fielding a winning candidate to represent Emau. Mangarongo and Marou candidates have won past elections and represented the island. Wiana’s winner just completed his term.

“Now it should be Lausake’s turn. The village has two candidates from which one of the two with the most votes should be our representative. But, the Marou candidate, who has had his turn, during which he was Vice President, is insisting on another term,” the youth leader alleged.

“This is divisive in nature. Emau is an island popular with string bands and they sing their songs about unity. Now I am calling on the chiefs of the island to come together and perform a custom reconciliation to Lausake as a gesture for maintaining unity in the island.”

Two other villages of Emau are Mangarongo and Mapua.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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