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Cemetery Desecration

Cemetery Desecration
Asena Bainivalu shows the part of the grave of the late Police Corporal Uraia Rabuka (inset), that was desecrated at Kuku Village outside Nausori. Photo: Rama
May 16
09:56 2015

The Fiji Police Force is investigating the digging up of a grave at Kuku Village, outside Nausori.  Family members of the late Police Corporal Uraia Rabuka, who was laid to rest on May 1, suspect witchcraft, as the cause for the desecration of his grave.

Police chief of Operations Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rusiate Tudravu confirmed receiving a report at the Nausori Police Station last week.

The late Police Corporal Uraia Rabuka was laid to rest at the Koromakawa Cemetery at Kuku Village on May 1.

His older sister, Asena Karawa, said a week later, her nephew Manoa Rabuka, while on his way to their plantation, found his grave dug up. However, the body was not removed.

“He had gone to the plantation last Friday and saw the grave dug up; we had a family meeting at home that night and that was when he told the family what he saw,” Mrs Karawa said.

“So, early last Saturday morning my younger brother, two of his children and I went to the grave to check it out and when we came it was indeed dug up.

“The masi (tapa) that was covering the grave was torn and the head of the grave and the right hand side had been dug up.

“The side had a gap which we think was made through the use of an iron rod to get access to the body of our late brother. We called the village headman and he came to witness what had happened and we reported it to Police on Monday.”

A few of the villagers who wished to remain anonymous claimed that the person who allegedly dug up the grave was performing witchcraft.

They said they suspected a man from the village was responsible.

However, Mrs Karawa said the family left everything to the Police.

“On Mother’s Day last week, we went again to the cemetery to visit my mother’s grave.

“I went with my younger sister and a granddaughter. On our way we heard her shout in fear and when we looked we saw an old man from the village stripped naked near the cemetery.

“He dressed up again soon after we shouted at him and looked back just to tell us that he was on his way back from a nearby creek.”

Mrs Nakarawa said it was the first time such an incident had happened in the 59 years she had lived in the area.

“We are hurt by what had happened because we buried some of our older family members at the same site, but this is the first time this has ever happened. We really did not expect it.

“Just on Tuesday, the man we saw near the grave last Sunday came to me and asked to meet the family, and when I asked what it was for, he said because we had been accusing him of digging the grave and he wanted us to talk,” Mrs Karawa said.

“I declined and said we did not want to talk.”

The late Corporal Rabuka was survived by his wife, Miliana Rabuka, and five children.

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