Turaga Na Ka Levu Laid To Rest

There was a sea of black and white in Cuvu, Nadroga yesterday as the late Turaga Na Ka Levu, Ratu Kinijoji Vosailagi final wish was fulfilled by the Republic of
17 Sep 2016 11:39
Turaga Na Ka Levu Laid To Rest
Family members of the Turaga Na Ka Levu,Na Tui Nadroga Ratu Kinijoji Nanovo Vosailagi at Cuvu village in Nadroga yesterday. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni

There was a sea of black and white in Cuvu, Nadroga yesterday as the late Turaga Na Ka Levu, Ratu Kinijoji Vosailagi final wish was fulfilled by the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF).

He was given a full military burial as the RFMF personnel carried the casket to the chiefly resting place, Tana.

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama led the Government delegation including the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to bid farewell.

Traditional chiefs include Ratu Apenisa Cakobau, former President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Tui Nawaka Ratu Asaeli Driu Naevo, Tui Vuda Ratu Kitione Tavaiqia, Marama Na Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa were amongst the hundreds gathered in the village green.

During the eulogy former politician Ratu Tu’akitau Cokanauto said: “He (Kinijoji) promoted the health and development of all the people whom he served.

“We remember him always as a picture of humility, graciousness and a gentleman leader and his soft spoken word I can only describe it as “Vakarau Vaka Turaga” (chiefly mannerisms).

He was a very religious man and he endured to read scriptures on a daily basis knowing that he serves his creator.

“He gave wise counsel to one and all, he united  people through his calmness and he never separated people if anything that he did achieve he united people through his calmness and great act of self discipline,” Ratu Tu’akitau said.

Ratu Tu’akitau vividly remembers the year they served together in the Upper House where the late chief said in his native speech.

“Mr President I would like to use what we say in Nadroga, qai va hewa (slowly take your time) I will never forget that but it said everything about the Ratu Kini that we know.

“We shared so many fond memories together and it was only a year ago where in this church I was a witness for the blessing of his anointment.

“People may say he served only one year but let me remind you those were the last years, he has been serving the people of Nadroga Navosa,  and given his support following in his father’s footsteps, his elder brother, elder sister and his own nephew Ratu Sakiusa Makutu.”

He served for several decades starting when he was about 20-years-old.

On behalf of the Government, Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs Apakuki Kurusiga remembers Ratu Kinijoji since 1969 where he served for over 20 years as Roko Tui Nadroga.

“We have a very close relationship traditionally and personally and the late Ratu Kinijoji was a very respectful man even to those new and young staff who joined in the provincial council like me,” he said.

“In the Provincial office he used to look after us very well and very soft spoken, encouraging us when we take on a new appointment.

“He used to just smile and say thank you with words of encouragement.”

Ratu Kinijoji was 89 when he passed away on September 6 at 3.30pm. He was installed as the Turaga Ka Levu on August 7, 2015.

He is survived by three children and 11 grandchildren.


Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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