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Fallen Heroes Remembered

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces yesterday held a dawn service to remember their comrades who lost their lives on November 2, 2000. The service was attended by Prime Minister,
03 Nov 2014 07:15
Fallen Heroes  Remembered
Last year's dawn service at the RFMF.

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces yesterday held a dawn service to remember their comrades who lost their lives on November 2, 2000.

The service was attended by Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, the RFMF Commander, Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga, senior officers and men and women of the RFMF who also laid wreaths at Queen Elizabeth Barracks (QEB) in Nabua.

“Fourteen years ago on this very day, three of our comrades lost their lives in an event that would change the RFMF and our beloved country on 2nd November 2000 during the mutiny by the Counter Revolutionary Warfare (CRW) unit. No one knew that the event would happen; only God, who had set his plan, that would lead our beloved country’s way forward to prosperity as we are witnessing to date,” Land Force Command chief of staff Lieutenant-Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said.

He said during the CRW mutineers’ attempt to take over the QEB on that fateful day, Lance Corporal Simione Rawaileba, Private Temo Veilewai and Private Osea Rokosirinavosa were killed by the CRW mutineers.

“We also remember and Fiji Police Force’s Corporal Raj Kumar who was killed in cold blood at the Qiolevu road ambush by nationalist rebels who supported George Speight coup on August 8, 2000. Three other soldiers were seriously injured in the ambush. The weapons used by the rebels to kill the two were from CRW soldiers who had taken over Parliament and the Monasavu dam.

“We also remember Fiji Police Force Corporal Filipo Seavula who was shot to death by CRW soldiers and nationalist rebels at a checkpoint only a few hundred metres from Parliament House on May 28, 2000,” he said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Qiliho said other officers and soldiers were seriously injured during the dark days of the year 2000; at the Vuya Road checkpoint on May 27, Sukanaivalu Barracks mutiny in Labasa on July 4, and the QEB mutiny on November 2, and will carry those scars for the rest of their lives.

He said the RFMF was thankful to the families of its brave comrades who lost their lives for their endurance and perseverance during the last 14 years.

“The Force will always be with them in their sorrow. The sacrifice of the great soldiers will never be forgotten and will be a pillar of strength, courage and unity. The RFMF will always stand tall and be strong in the ultimate task of protecting our sovereign nation and its people at all times.”

They are not forgotten:

– Corporal Simione Rawaileba
– Private Temo Veilewai
– Private Osea Rokosirinavosa
– Fiji Police Force Corporal Raj Kumar
– Fiji Police Force Corporal Filipo Seavula

– Private Joela Dranicevuga Weleilakeba

 

Feedback: litia.cava@fijisun.com.fj

 



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