AFTER 38 years, people in all 33 Wards that made up Malaita Province will finally celebrate the Malaita Provincial Second Appointed Day right from their homes.
This is possible after the MARA government executive passed a resolution this week giving green light for all 33 Wards to host celebrations in their respective territories to commemorate the 38th Malaita Provincial Second Appointed Day.
For the past 37 Malaita Second Appointed Day celebrations, only two out of the 37 times the event was hosted outside of Auki town or in another Ward outside of Ward 1.
As Malaita Province is just two years shy of celebrating its 40th Second Appointed Day, the 38th Malaita Second Appointed Day this year will go down in history as historical one where all 33 Wards in Malaita are expected to mark the day from home.
The celebrations will fall on the 16 of August and not 15 August as usual because the 15th is on Sunday.
Records showed that only Malu’u and Afio have previously paid host to the Malaita Second Appointed Day event besides Auki that hosted most of the event over the years.
The Malaita Provincial Premier, Daniel Suidani last year announced that the 38th Malaita Provincial Second Appointed Day should be celebrated in all 33 Wards.
Premier Suidani said this is to allow the majority of Malaitans who reside in the rural areas to celebrate the important day and have some sense of attachment to the day.
He said for so long the majority of Malaitans have been left out of the Malaita Provincial Second Appointed Day celebrations because it was mostly celebrated in one venue which is Auki.
The Premier also highlighted that some Malaitans who reside in the rural areas even forget about the date of the Malaita Second Appointed Day because they have not been part of any Malaita day celebrations in the past.
The approach that the MARA government is taking to shift the Malaita Second Appointed Day to the 33 Wards instead of Auki might be a barrier for representatives from the national government to attend the Malaita 38th Second Appointed Day this year.
By WILSON SAENI
Auki News Bureau