PM Rabuka: GCC to meet soon

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka during the media press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, conference room in Nasova, Suva on Wednesday, February 01, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) will meet as soon as the legislation related to its establishment is formalised.

He said they were working on the legislation at present.

“Yes, we were going ahead with that,” the PM said.

Mr Rabuka said there were plans for it to be rebuilt “but we don’t have to wait for the completion of the building”.

“We can hire meeting houses. As soon as we finalise the legislation which will be part of the iTaukei Affairs Act, we will call them to meet.

“In the meantime they are talking among themselves and we’ll formalise it as soon as we are already.”

The GCC was suspended in April 2007 by then coup leader Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and formally disestablished by decree in March 2012 by the military-led regime.

The GCC building at the iTaukei Trust Fund Board complex in Nasova was destroyed by fire in December 2019.

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