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Editorial: We must never forget lives taken in the attempted mutiny of November 2000

Political parties are now on their campaign trails as they gear up for the General Elections on November 14. The Fiji Independence Day celebration on October 10 was a big
15 Oct 2018 15:12
Editorial: We must never forget lives taken in the attempted mutiny of November 2000
Traffic along Grantham Road in Raiwai, Suva.

Political parties are now on their campaign trails as they gear up for the General Elections on November 14.

The Fiji Independence Day celebration on October 10 was a big success throughout the country while Government sanctioned-events were staged in Labasa, Navua and Levuka.

With that patriotic feeling, everyone put aside their differences as they celebrated and commemorated the day we got our freedom from Great Britain to run as an independent nation.

It has been 48 long years and everyone was proud to be a Fijian.

Now weeks before going to the polls, another important event is coming up. One where we need to honour and celebrate the lives of our loyal soldiers who were killed during the attempted mutiny by rebel soldiers at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua on November 2, 2000.

This was in the aftermath of the May 19, 2000, political crisis which the country plunged into some of the darkest moments since gaining independence.

On November 2, 2000, rebel soldiers (members of the disbanded Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit) opened fire and took QEB by storm as they tried to gain control of the armoury and execute the then-RFMF Commander and now Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.   

On that fateful day, Private Temo Veilewai was shot dead while working at his computer, Private Osea Rokosirinavosa was killed while trying to take cover and Private Simione Rawaileba, who was on guard, took a rest and was shot dead while sleeping. All these loyal soldiers were unarmed.

Today many have forgotten the great sacrifice and how these men, along with Police Corporal Filipo Seavula, Police Corporal Raj Kumar and Private Joela Weleilakeba were killed.

They laid down their lives for the restoration of law and order in our beloved nation.

One would only imagine what would have become of our nation if rebel soldiers and supporters had their way in 2000.

Sadly, many of our critics living overseas, for the sake of fulfilling their agenda in dividing up our nation, have stooped low and shamelessly gone onto social media to embrace the cause championed by the rebels of 2000.

As a nation, it’s time to stand up and tell these gutless souls to leave us alone.

We’ve come a long way since 2000, but we should never forget what had happened, as this will reaffirm our journey to the future.

On November 2, 2018, let’s tell our children what had happened on that sad day, the deaths of the loyal soldiers and Police officers along with the commitment of our Security Forces to uphold the rule of law and steer our country to a new direction.

This was done to save our country and for the benefit of all Fijians and the generations to come.

Leone Cabenatabua


Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj

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