Issue No. 40/2020 – Monday, 28 September 2020 (Kitiona Tausi)
Tuvalu is preparing to celebrate the 42 years of its independence from Britain this Thursday, 01 October 2020. Tuvalu became independent from Great Britain on 01 October 1978 and during this day, there was a big celebration on its new capital Funafuti where communities on the outer islands were brought in to the capital for the celebration.With a national budget of less than a $million in 1976 to a budget of over $80 million in 2020, an indication of Tuvalu’s success in its development.
This week the PWD workers started doing repair and maintenance works on the Vaiaku Falekaupule as this will be the venue for the independence celebration this year.
Last year celebration was held at the Queen Elizabeth II and it was the first independence celebration for the new Government of Prime Minister Kausea Natano, two weeks after its inauguration. The independence parade last year was cancelled due to bad weather.
The Police Force has been practicing for the parade and Guard of Honor for the past weeks and included others organizations and especially schools that normally took part in the independence parade. Hopefully, the weather will be fine on Thursday to enable the parade takes place.