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Military To Honour Late Vaniqi

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) will honour the late Manasa Vaniqi. The RFMF Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, said Mr Vaniqi was a member of the
06 Jan 2015 10:30
Military To Honour Late Vaniqi
Former Ambassdor to China Esala Teleni, late Manasa Vaniqi with Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu in Nadi.. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) will honour the late Manasa Vaniqi.

The RFMF Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, said Mr Vaniqi was a member of the Territorial Force (TF) and to honour his distinguished and excellent service they would provide pallbearers, a bugler and a firing party.

Colonel Qiliho said the late Mr Vaniqi was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the TF and the bugler would sound the Last Post to mark the end of his working day.

This would also signify Mr Vaniqi’s death.

Colonel Qiliho said Mr Vaniqi had an excellent and distinguished career in the TF and the civil service.

He said they were still awaiting the date and place of the funeral.

Many, incluiding the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, had paid tribute to Mr Vaniqi.

Yesterday the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Joji Konrote, said he knew Mr Vaniqi when he was in the TF.

He said he was shocked to hear that Mr Vaniqi had passed away in Lautoka.

“Vaniqi was a loyal man and had a lot of jokes to tell the people,” Mr Konrote said.

He said he could vividly recall the days when Mr Vaniqi would be called up to share some jokes with the former Governor-General, Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, when he visited RFMF.

Mr Konrote said Mr Vaniqi had worked hard as the Permanent Secretary for Sugar and would be missed sorely.

He was also the chairman of the Sugar Cane Growers Fund and a board member of the Sugar Research Institute of Fiji.

Mr Vaniqi passed away on New Years Day at Lautoka after a short illness.

He was from Dreketi, Wailevu East in Cakaudrove.

 

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