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Usamate Thanks All

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate, in his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday, paid tribute to his mother, who had raised him singlehandedly during the early part
18 Oct 2014 08:56
Usamate Thanks All
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usumate (left), gets a wardrobe adjustment from Minister of Agriculture Inia Seruiratu outside Parliament yesterday Photo: Jona Konataci

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate, in his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday, paid tribute to his mother, who had raised him
singlehandedly during the early part of his life.

He gave thanks to her courage, for keeping him with her as a young woman and not giving him up, when others asked to take him away from her.

“I thank her for her simple faith and for her teaching,” he said.

She passed away just as the elections campaign started.

“I wish that she was here today to see her son; the son of a housegirl to expatriates in Domain, who has now become a Member of Parliament and Minister in this Government.”

He gave thanks to the man she married, Sefanaia Bilivalu, who had been instrumental in bringing him up and they together had made him the person that he was today.

Mr Usamate also thanked his maternal uncles Joji Uluinakauvadra and Jone Usamate Senior and their families.

“They played a big part in my life.”

He gave thanks to all his relatives who had been suporters of him from:

– Nasaqalau and Weaciwaci in Lakeba;

– Dravuwalu, Naeva, Kadavu;

– Naivaka in Bua;

– Nabasovi, Koro;

– Vunivutu and Nasasa in Macuata; and

– From Wakanisila.

“To all who have supported and taught me and helped me along the way in the places that I grew up in; at Wakanisila, Kalabu, Naitasiri and also Kinoya; to you all, vinaka vakalevu.”

He gave thanks to all members of his extended family for their support in so many different ways over the years.

Finally, Mr Usamate thanked the woman who had been at his side these many years, his advisor, his counselllor, his friend and wife Cagi.

He also thanked their five daughters and five grandchildren whom he said had been his cheering   squad, his support and his inspiration.

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