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Details of Tovata
The village of Somosomo on Taveuni is the current capital of the Tovata Confederacy. However, this confederacy was formed by the Tongan chief, Ma'afu.
Paramount Title of Tovata
The Paramount Chief of this confederacy is the Tui Cakau, who is also the paramount chief of Cakaudrove Province. It is currently held by Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, who won a court battle in 2001 to succeed his late father, Ratu Glanville Lalabalavu, who died in 1999. He had been challenged by Ratu Epeli Ganilau, son of former President Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, who had been the Tui Cakau up to his death in 1993.
Notable Fijians of Tovata
Although the smallest of the three confederacies, Tovata has been the most politically influential. Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, considered the father of modern Fiji, was from Tovata, as were Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, Fiji's longtime first Prime Minister and second President; Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, the first President of Fiji. In addition, Sitiveni Rabuka, former Prime Minister, and Laisenia Qarase, the recently removed Prime Minister, are also from Tovata. Political and Youth Activist Roko Jonetani (aka Pita) Waqavonovono is also from Tovata. Other notable leaders are Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu and Ratu Epeli Ganilau, both of whom have been politically active.
- Broken Waves: A History of the Fiji Islands in the Twentieth Century - Page 233, by Brij V. Lal - 1992, Reference to Tovata as a Confederacy
- Australia's Arc of Instability: The Political and Cultural Dynamics of Regional Security - Page 251 - 258, by Dennis Rumley, Vivian Louis Forbes, Christopher Griffin - 2006, reference Tovata as a confederacy and how it was formed
- Tovata I & II By AC Reid, Printed in Fiji by Oceania printers Fiji (1990)