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Tributes Begin To Flow For Late Tui Noco, Rewa

The Tui Noco of Rewa, Ratu Isoa Damudamu, has died. Ratu Isoa was well known for accepting descendants of the Indian indentured labourers, the Girmitiyas, to be drafted into his
05 Jun 2018 11:20
Tributes Begin To Flow For Late Tui Noco, Rewa
Tui Noco of Rewa, Ratu Isoa Damudamu.

The Tui Noco of Rewa, Ratu Isoa Damudamu, has died.

Ratu Isoa was well known for accepting descendants of the Indian indentured labourers, the Girmitiyas, to be drafted into his chiefly clan as Luvedra na Ratu or children of the chief.

The unprecedented move had been hailed as a historic decision in helping to strengthen race rela­tions in the country.

The Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, had given her blessings to the event.

Ratu Isoa, who is believed to have been in his 70s, has been hailed as a “visionary leader” by Sashi Kiran, spokesperson for the Girmitiya group.

She had worked closely with Ratu Isoa.

She said: “Ratu‘s ancestors had given those that perished in the boat Syria a burial that provided the foundation for the relationships for descendants of indentured la­bourers with the Vanua.

“In adopting the people as chil­dren of the Ratu or Luvedra na Ratu, Turaga na Tui Noco has set the foundation for peaceful rela­tionships for generations to come.

“His generosity has not only led to Vanua of Rewa adopting the de­scendants of Girmitiyas but also the Vanua of Ba to do the same. Many salutes and tributes to such a great humble leader.”

A formal announcement about his death and funeral arrangements is expected to be made soon after all the traditional protocols have been complied with.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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