30 May 2003

Chiefs in Fiji told to improve behaviour

4:33 pm on 30 May 2003

The Chairman of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, says he wants chiefs to start behaving like chiefs.

He raised behaviour at this week's Great Council meeting and says he reminded them that they need to maintain the chiefly values to ensure that the people under them prosper.

Prior to the meeting Ratu Epeli had said that some chiefs should be stripped of their titles if they failed to perform their duties.

But he says at the meeting he says he reminded the chiefs how they should behave and the impact their behaviour had on the people.

"Chiefs who fall short of those values, in up holding those kind of values where the people who belong to that particular chief can prosper.....Then obviously people suffer and people criticise the chiefs and people criticise the chiefly system. ...I was just trying to remind the chiefs of some of the ideas, some of the values that should be ingrained in ourselves so we can meet the expectations of our people."

Ratu Epeli Ganilau.