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Tui Nadi Passes Away

The vanua of Nadi is in mourning following the death of its chief i Nakuruvarua – Navatulevu na Momo na Tui Nadi Ratu Sailosi Dawai. He died at the Lautoka
30 Jul 2016 12:10
Tui Nadi  Passes Away
Minister for Industry Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Tui Nadi Ratu Sailosi Dawai and Tourism Fiji Executive Chairman Truman Bradley at Narewa village in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The vanua of Nadi is in mourning following the death of its chief i Nakuruvarua – Navatulevu na Momo na Tui Nadi Ratu Sailosi Dawai.

He died at the Lautoka hospital on Tuesday after a short illness.

Spokesperson Samu Tuidraki said the passing away of Tui Nadi was a big blow for the people of Nadi and traditional messages had been dispersed to notify traditional links around the country.

Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Dr Ram Raju said it was a sad day for the people of Nadi including the business and tourism fraternity.

“Last month I heard he has been sick and my thoughts are there for his sudden passing away,” Dr Raju said.

He said on behalf of the people, the town and the chamber he conveyed their thoughts, sympathy and condolences to the chiefly family.

The late Ratu Sailosi was installed to the position on June 7, 2013 after the i-Taukei Lands Appeals Tribunal ruled in his favour as the rightful holder of the Tui Nadi chiefly title after family disputes.

Ratu Sailosi was active in the affairs in Nadi in the traditional and commercial sectors especially in tourism and climate change.

He was a big supporter of the Bainimarama Government.

He said in an interview with the Fiji Sun that his installation was only made possible because of the current Government.

He is survived by his wife Bulou Vuta and four children.

The funeral is likely to be held on Friday and his remains will be buried at the village sautabu (chiefly burial grounds) after the church service in Narewa Village.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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