Graon mo Jastis Pati (GJP) on Maewo has joined the Vanua’aku Pati (VP) and National United Party (NUP) on the island to work collaboratively as a united group towards the 2016 general election in Vanuatu.
Sources within the group say GJP’s councilor for Maewo in the Penama Provincial Government Council, Jackson Adin, called on the Member of Parliament for Maewo and a leader of the VP/NUP reunification group on the island, Philip Boedoro, last Sunday and informed him of the party’s decision.
The sources say following their meeting, the two men exchanged mats, a traditional first step in formalizing and cementing the decision. They says that when the member of Parliament for Maewo visits the island later on this year, Councilor Adin will perform a larger traditional gesture for joining the VP/NUP reunification team.
The decision by GJP will likely strengthen the group’s grip on the reign of the national leadership for Maewo.
Last week, a letter in the Letter to the Editor column of the Daily Post said to be from Captain Swithin Adin announced the formation of a new political movement advocating political and socio-economic change said to be supported by chiefs and other community leaders on the island.
The letter announced the name of the grouping in Maewo dialect as Mwasoanda Political Movement for Change and Development. Mwasoanda in English is ‘our way of life’.