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Founder Adrien Malere sets N’Maki Aute origin straight
Your weekend political update leading up to the general election
Veteran political engineer and Founder of N’maki Aute Adrien Malere of Malekula has asked political movement founders Vincent Boulekone of Tan Union and Charlie Nako of Kapiel Movement of Tanna not to “mislead the public” by claiming that MP Paul Telukluk was the founder of Namagki Aute and founding member of Union of Moderate Parties.
He said he, Adrien Malere is the current “live” President of N’Maki Aute and no other person can also claim to be the founder of it.
Furthermore yesterday morning, Chief Jean Marie Leye also said he and Malere helped to found the present day Union of Moderate Parties through N’Maki Aute and UCNH in 1982, and are aligned to the current leadership of UMP President Serge Vohor. “This confirms our allegiance to the UMP led by Mr Vohor”, they said.
Malere spoke up following our article of March 27 which showed MP Telukluk as the founding member of Namagki Aute in a “regrouping” ceremony organised by UMP for Change at Fresh Water.
The regrouping also included Vincent Boulekone for Tan Union and Charlie Nako for Kapiel Movement.
But Malere said it was misleading to claim MP Telukluk as the founder of N’maki Aute and a founding member of UMP. “It is highly important that we the political leaders and founders of our various political movements do not distort the political history of our struggle or our children and their children and our future generations would be misled based on misinformation”, he said.
The former French primary school teacher turned politician said he has the evidence to prove that he started N’Maki Aute. “N’Maki in our language means the custom pig killing ceremony while Aute is the custom name of Malekula”, he explained.
Malere said N’Maki Aute and Namagki Aute are the same custom movement known as N’Maki Aute which initiated the first such political grouping throughout Malekula under the name. But the pronunciations and spellings of the name vary depending on which part of Malekula the name comes from.
He said in Vao it is called Namangi Aute. But it is the same movement which he and his colleagues initiated in 1977, to counter the decision of the then New Hebrides National Party Executive, which resolved for all schools to stop teaching the French language throughout the country.
In reply, Charlie Nako of Kapiel Movement of Tanna confirmed that it is true that Adrien Malere is the President of N’Maki Aute but that the party belongs to “every member” from Malekula Island and it is not appropriate to say that it belongs to him as the founder. “Monsieur Malere also does not go to Malekula to visit the people while Monsieur Paul Telukluk does go to their island to see his people”, Nako said.
He said over the years the Governments that came into being became implicated in alleged corruption and misappropriation and other dishonest practices and supporters have become frustrated as a result and want to see transparent and responsible leadership now and into the future.
In his remarks Vincent Boulekone said people have their democratic rights to speak up on anything that they feel affects them. Like Nako, Boulekone said he understands that Malere never visits the people of Malekula but that MP Telukluk on the other hand visits his voters.
He said he supports UMP for Change and it is his democratic right to support the new grouping.
We have not been able to contact MP Telukluk for his reaction.