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A ‘Chief For The People’

A ‘Chief For The People’
From left: Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, Adi Litia Cakobau and President Major-General (Ret’d) Joji Konrote during the funeral of the late Ratu George Kadavulevu Cakobau on July 11, 2018. Photo: Peni Komaisavai
July 12
09:58 2018

The late Ratu George Kadavulevu Cakobau was entombed to rest at the chiefly burial site (sautabu) on Bau Island yesterday after a funeral service at Ratu Cakobau Memorial Church.

Because he was a commissioned officer in the Republic of Military Forces (RFMF) Reserves, RFMF Band bugler Corporal Netani Dauvere played the Last Post for the chief.

Ratu George was described by Ratu Tu’akitau Cokanauto as a chief for the people.

Delivering an eulogy, Ratu Tu’akitau said Ratu George brought himself down to the people and conversed with them freely.

The Bau chief, he said, was someone who worked tirelessly for Bau, Tailevu province and Kubuna confederacy.

“He was always available to offer his help when needed,” Ratu Tu’akitau said.

Ratu George, he said, would be missed not only by the family but the nation as well.

In an earlier interview, Rau George’s widow, Timaima Nakaukaucagi Cakobau, said she missed a caring and happy husband.

Ratu George attended Levuka Public School, Nabua Fijian School, Ratu Kadavulevu School and Marist Brothers High School.

In 2001 he was appointed to the Senate by the Great Council of Chiefs, having been nominated by the Tailevu Provincial Council. He served until 2006.

He joined the RFMF Reserves, was commissioned as a Lieutenant and was on tour of duty in the Middle East.

In the field of sports, Ratu Tu’akitau said, Ratu George followed the footsteps of his father, namesake and Fiji’s first local Governor-General Ratu Sir George Kadavulevu Cakobau who was a cricketer and a rugby player.

The late Ratu George was the youngest son of his father’s marriage to Adi Veniana Gavoka, which first produced three children – Adi Samanunu Cakobau-Talakuli, Adi Litia Cakobau and Ratu George (Junior). Ratu George took a strong nationalistic position, opposing the 1997 Constitution adopted in 1997 and calling for political control to be restored to Fiji’s chiefs.

The President, Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote, was also at the church service and the chiefly burial site to say his last farewell to Ratu George.

Former President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was also present.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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