6 Jun 2005

Fiji's former vice-president in line for highest chiefly title

3:26 pm on 6 June 2005

The former Fiji vice president, Ratu Jope Seniloli, is among four chiefs nominated as contenders for the country's highest chiefly title, that of the Vunivalu of Bau.

Seniloli is currently serving a four-year prison sentence from home under a Compulsory Supervision Order after being jailed for taking an illegal oath to usurp the presidency during the coup.

The Fiji Times reports that the other three contenders are senior army officer, Col Ratu George Kadavulevu, Senator Ratu George Cakobau and Ratu Epenisa Cakobau.

The newspaper says the names have been nominated by the chiefs in the traditional government of the 19th century chief Ratu Seru Cakobau and will be forwarded to the Tui Kaba clan of Bau who will decide on who gets the title.

The title of Vunivalu of Bau has been vacant since the death of Ratu Sir George Cakobau in 1989 for fear of possible disputes among rival contenders.