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Late Tui Mavana takes final journey home

  The funeral entourage of the late Sau kei Mualevu, Turaga na Tui Mavana, Ratu Viliame Kabaiyaro left Suva yesterday on board Princess Civa for Vanuabalavu in the Lau Group.
06 Sep 2017 11:00
Late Tui Mavana takes final journey home
Tui Mavana's family waits to board the Princess Civa yesterday.

 

The funeral entourage of the late Sau kei Mualevu, Turaga na Tui Mavana, Ratu Viliame Kabaiyaro left Suva yesterday on board Princess Civa for Vanuabalavu in the Lau Group.

More than 250 mourners converged at Port Mua-i-walu to bid their chief farewell.

Ratu Viliame was the paramount chief of the tikina of Mualevu comprising of the eight villages of Mualevu, Mavana, Daliconi, Muamua, Malaka, Boitaci, Cikobia and Avea.

Leading the funeral entourage is the late chief’s traditional cousin the Sau mai Totoya.

Ratu Viliame passed away at his daughter’s residence in Nadi on Monday August 28 at 4pm.

He is known to have been sick and was a diabetic patient.

The late chief is survived by his wife Alumita Kabaiyaro, a daughter Adi Taina Kabaiyaro and his younger brother who is a Seventh Day Adventist Minister in New Zealand.

Speaking on behalf of the tikina of Mualevu, Mesake Koroi said the Tui Mavana’s death was unfortunate as he was still young and in his 60’s.

He said Ratu Viliame’s body will lie in state in his chiefly bure in Mualevu today and he will be buried tomorrow morning.

“There is a large entourage that is taking his body across to the island to say farewell to him from Viti Levu, Australia and New Zealand,” Mr Koroi said.

“He was the chairman of the Vanuabalavu Island Council and he has also been responsible for major developments on the island including the formation and operation of the Mualevu Holdings Limited which owns properties in Suva valuing over $6 million,” he said.

Mr Koroi also mentioned that one of the Mualevu Tikina Holdings’ assets is the Quality House in Suva which is rented out to Government. This is apart from shares with other companies.

Mr Koroi said the late Ratu Viliame’s successor will be decided by the vanua of Mualevu when the time is right.

“That is something that is yet to be decided by the vanua of Mualevu, and we hope that one will be appointed soon to take over the reigns as the paramount chief,” he said.

The funeral entourage will return to Suva on Friday for the final funeral rites.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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