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Many More Tributes To Ratu Joni

‘He would be missed by all in Fiji and the huge vacuum he left would be hard to fill.’   Tributes continue to pour in for the late former Vice
06 Oct 2016 11:00
Many More Tributes To Ratu Joni
Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa (right), Adi Lusiana Tuivanuavou (second from right) the wife of the late Roko Tui Bau Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi on Bau Island

‘He would be missed by all in Fiji and the huge vacuum he left would be hard to fill.

 

Tributes continue to pour in for the late former Vice President, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi.

Former National Federation Party leader Jai Ram Reddy said Ratu Joni was a great and firm believer in democracy and the rule of law.

Mr Reddy said Ratu Joni would be missed by all in Fiji and the huge vacuum he left would be hard to fill.

“Unfortunately, death has not rhyme or reason.

“All we can do is reminisce the virtues of a person whose character and credibility in his legal and judicial career, public life and discharge of his chiefly authority and wisdom remains and will be remembered for a long time.”

Former Justice of the High Court in Fiji and Ba mayor, Kishore Govind described the late Ratu Joni as one of the great sons of Fiji.

Mr Govind said Ratu Joni was born into a noble family and this reflected in all the high offices that he held.

“During a distinguished career as a lawyer, judge and Vice President Ratu Joni was admired and respected by all sections of the community,” Mr Govind said.

He said that Fiji had lost a powerful voice in building a nation of unity and diversity, but his legacy, his sense of humility, his kindness and his message of oneness of all the peoples of Fiji would long endure.

One of Fiji’s leading businessmen and hotelier, Yanktesh Permal (Y.P) Reddy, described Ratu Joni as a “very dear friend of mine personally and the wider Reddy family.”

Mr Reddy, in paying his condolences to Adi Lusiana, said Ratu Joni had been an inspiration to his children and himself for his strength and perseverance in trying to resolve the many conflicts in Fiji over the years.

“He was always steadfast in his beliefs and values, which we will always admire,” Mr Reddy said.

“Ratu Joni was always courteous and respectful with a warm and caring heart. This was always evident whenever we met as he was always interested in family and concern for people over politics.”

Former Constitution Review Commissioner chairman, Yash Ghai described Ratu Joni as someone who personified what a citizen of Fiji should be.

In a message to his family, Mr Ghai said he had known Ratu Joni for many years and had happy memories of their friendship.

“He was above race, regarding all the people of Fiji as one community.”

“Although he came from the most distinguished chiefly family, there was not a trace of pomposity or arrogance about him – he regarded all the people as equal.”

“He was scholarly and outstanding as a lawyer.

“He was a man of courage and principle – for which he suffered,” Mr Ghai said.

Yesterday, the Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi Roko Teimumu Kepa led a delegation from the province of Rewa to pay their condolences, to the people of Bau on the passing away of Ratu Joni.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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