Three days celebrations in Port Vila to mark National Chiefs Day on 5 of March and the re-opening of Malvatumauri Nakamal was like a mini arts festival. The main celebration on 6th March was highlighted by a march leaded by Prime Minister Charlot Salwai. It was really a big celebration because the two former MPs, Moana Carcasses and Paul Telekluk were also among the people to march through main town of Port Vila to Malvatumauri Nakamal.
Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai was one of the country's leaders who donated pig and food to mark National Chief Day on 5th March this year. Mr Salwai who is also a chief on his home island of Pentecost congratulated the National Council of Chiefs, Malvatumauri for the safeguard of Vanuatu's culture, costumes and traditions. The traditional gesture of Mr Salwai was welcome by the President of Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs, Chief Tirsupe Sinimau.
National Chiefs Day this years was an occasion for the new President of Republic of Vanuatu, Fr Baldwin Lonsdale to meet with one the respected chiefs on Tanna and well known chief of Vanuatu, Chief Isaac Wan. The two chiefs met at Independence Park and they also marched with their counterparts chiefs from around the country to mark national Chiefs Day in Port Vila. Chief Wan is the highest chief of John Frum Movement on Tanna but he is also the commander of John Frum police. He was accompanied in Port Vila by one of his body guard in full military uniform.
Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Mrs Salwai arrived on their home island of Pentecost yesterday to cast their votes at Melsisi poling station today during Penama provincial elections.
Melsisi poling station is one the biggest poling stations in Pentecost Constituency with over 500 registered voters.
Mr Salwai and his family are registered to vote in Pentecost constituency during general and provincial elections.
PM Salwai is expected to return in Port Vila during the weekend. Other government ministers and parliamentary secretaries are also in their respective constituencies to cast their votes today in Penama, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea provinces today.