Tongoa chief wants VP congress venue to remain in his village
A chief on Tongoa and host of the Vanua’aku Pati congress has raised concern over information he obtained that the National Executive of the ruling party is intending to move the venue of the party congress go a new location.
Chairman of Tongoa Council of Chiefs and member of the Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs, Chief Kalmasei Tinabuamata said preparations for the hosting of the congress have started after Lumbukuti village was chosen at the Ifira VP Congress two years ago.
He said it would be unfair for his men, who have put in a lot of effort in the preparation stage, if the party executive decides to move the congress to another location.
In his response, Vice President of the VP and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Joe Natuman said Lumbukuti village has been the chosen venue for the congress and the National Executive had also put in a lot of work in travelling arrangements and logistics, and that there is no intention to opt for a different venue.
However, he confirmed that the party President and Prime Minister, Edward Natapei has called for another executive meeting today and that the meeting is to discuss the fate of certain delegates who have arrived at Lumbukuti for the congress and whose travelling arrangements were not made known to the executive.
(Radio Vanuatu - 0100GMT / 24 March 2010 Trans from Bislama)