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Lakena Bus Accident: Best School Mate, Survivor Visit Crash Site

It was just three days ago when 13-year-old Asinate Galivia had spent the day with Makereta Mataika at Nausori Primary School. It was a day before Fiji Day and the
12 Oct 2019 10:00
Lakena Bus Accident: Best School Mate, Survivor Visit Crash Site
Lakena bus accident survivor, Maca Maukakalu (left) and Asenate Qlivia, classmate of late Makereta Mataika place the flowers to mark the death of the two students at the accident site on on October 11, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

It was just three days ago when 13-year-old Asinate Galivia had spent the day with Makereta Mataika at Nausori Primary School.

It was a day before Fiji Day and the class had a small party.

Little did Asinate know that those were the last moments she would be share with her best friend, Makereta.

That was the day when the Zakreen Holding Limited bus slipped off the hill in Lakena and crushed two students to death. Makereta, 13, and Steven Clarence Naibuka lost their lives.

Yesterday, Asinate and her father Eminoni Galivai drove to the crash site and prayed that God grant young Makereta eternal peace.

“She was my best friend and we used to hang out in school every day,” Asinate said.

“We played and studied together. She used to tell me things and we used to joke. She was a funny girl. I am going to miss her.”

Mr Galivai said her daughter was not showing it, but as a parent he knew his daughter was hurting in silence.

Bus crash survivor Maca Maukakalu revisited the site of the accident yesterday as well.

Lakena bus accident survivor, Maca Maukakala place the flowers to mark the death of the two students at the accident site on on October 11, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Lakena bus accident survivor, Maca Maukakalu place the flowers to mark the death of the two students at the accident site on on October 11, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

She said this was a day she would never forget.

“I have not gone back to school. I am still injured but more than that I am a little scared of riding in a bus again,” Maca said.

Meanwhile, two children, Edward George and Rishika Dutt are still admitted at the Colonial War Memorial.

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