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Turaga Na Ka Levu Funeral To Take Place On Friday

Paramount chief Nakuruvakarua i Louvatu Na Ka Levu, Ratu Kinijoji Nanovo Vosailagi will be laid to rest on Friday. This was confirmed by the Mata ni Tikina O Cuvu (Cuvu
12 Sep 2016 10:07
Turaga Na Ka Levu Funeral To Take Place On Friday
The late chief Nakuruvakarua i Louvatu Na Ka Levu, Ratu Kinijoji Nanovo Vosailagi.

Paramount chief Nakuruvakarua i Louvatu Na Ka Levu, Ratu Kinijoji Nanovo Vosailagi will be laid to rest on Friday.

This was confirmed by the Mata ni Tikina O Cuvu (Cuvu District Representative) Ratu Tevita Makutu yesterday.

“All the traditional messages have been dispersed to notify traditional links around the country and has ended last night (Saturday night),” he said.

“Preparation for the entire funeral will begin tomorrow with reguregu to begin as well.”

Ratu Tevita said the Government entourage led by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, would present their reguregu at 9am on Friday before the church service scheduled for 11am.

The casket of the late Ratu Kinijoji will be then laid to rest in the chiefly burial ground Tana.

Ratu Kinijoji, 89, died last Tuesday at 3.30pm.

He was installed on August 7, 2015 as the ninth Turaga Na Ka Levu.

Ratu Tevita said the final time he left his residence was to be present at the side of Mr Bainimarama during the official opening of the Technical College on July 18 at the former Nadroga/Navosa Provincial High School.

“The late Turaga Na Ka Levu was very supportive of Government’s development initiatives where he had given his support for the conversion for the set up of the Technical College,” Ratu Tevita said.

He said on July 18, attempts were made to stop Ratu Kinijoji from leaving his home because of his age. However, he wanted to see one of his projects realised. Ratu Tevita said Ratu Kinijoji had not left his home since that day.

 

Ratu Kinijoji’s history

The youngest son of a hard-working cane farmer Ratu Timoci and wife Mereani, Ratu Kinijoji  was educated at Namaka Public School and St Joan of Arc in Sigatoka.

In 1936 at the age of nine, he attended Whanganui Intermediate then onto Whanganui Technical Institute in New Zealand.

He returned to Fiji in 1947 at the age of 20 and joined the Royal Fiji Military Forces in 1952 and the same year acted as a Corporal in the Signals Corps of the 2nd Battalion Fijian Regiment where he spent four years in the Malayan jungles.

He was a part of the champion RFMF team managed by the late Ratu Edward Cakobau in the then International Army Rugby Competition with most Commonwealth countries taking part.

Upon his return in 1956 he was discharged from the army with one cane knife, a garden fork and a mosquito net.

He also played inside centre for the Nadroga Provincial rugby side.

He later took up an advisory role with Fiji Sugar Corporation for Fijian farmers in the Nadroga area.

In 1962 he was called to join the Fijian Administration where he served as the Roko Tui Nadroga for over 20 years.

During his stint as a provincial administrator he travelled throughout the province and helped facilitate negotiations with the villagers to allow for the establishment of the Monasavu dam to generate hydro power for the Fiji Electricity Authority.

He was also a member of the Great Council of Chiefs and Senate from 1994 to 1998.

He is survived by his three children Bulou Lele, Ratu Kini and Ratu Waka and 11 grandchildren.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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