Tui Labasa Finally Rests In Nasekula Village
The Marama Tui Labasa, Adi Salanieta Tuilomaloma Qomate Ritova, now rests at the chiefly burial site in Nasekula Village, Labasa.
Families, friends and well-wishers gathered in numbers at the village church beside Adi Salanieta’s home to bid her farewell.
With their heads bowed, women sat beside the pathway as the body of their late chief was escorted to the church.
The pallbearers were men from the Bucaisau Clan and some also served as warriors who guarded the peripheries of the chiefly residence and the funeral procession from her home to the church.
In giving his eulogy, the Turaga ni-Yavusa Bucaisau, Ratu Alipate Lautiki, who shared close links to the chiefly household, described Adi Salanieta as a woman who had a deep love for her people.
Ratu Alipate said she was a leader who was down-to-earth and very reasonable with her decisions.
He said Labasa had lost a great leader and the people should unite and work together for the betterment of the vanua.
The Labasa and Savusavu Town special administrator Vijay Chand said: “The late Marama was a good friend of the council and its staff. For any development purposes, we would go to her and she would always give her blessings.
“Adi Salanieta cared for the wellbeing of every person and displayed good leadership qualities. She commanded respect from the people and she cared deeply for her town and its members.
“She will be sorely missed Labasa has lost one of its best leaders.”
Present at her funeral was a Government delegation led by the Minister for Agriculture, Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa, the Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea, and the Roko Tui Macuata Sitiveni Lalibuli.
The Tui Macuata, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, was also present.
Edited by Naisa Koroi