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Police commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has issued a stern warning to sports stars ahead of the festive season. This was after Fiji Airways Fijian 7s forward Mesu­lame Kunavula was caught
18 Dec 2018 10:19
Be Warned
Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho

Police commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has issued a stern warning to sports stars ahead of the festive season.

This was after Fiji Airways Fijian 7s forward Mesu­lame Kunavula was caught driving without a licence on the Queens Road on Sunday.

“Everybody is equal under the law,” Qiliho said.

“We celebrate your achievements on the field but off it you (sports stars) are role models and children look up to you.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said special consta­ble Kunavula was stopped along Queens Road on Sun­day and, when searched, did not have a driver’s licence.

The court will issue a summon for Kunavula at a later date, Naisoro said.

Kunavaula was also tested for alcohol but was below the limit, she confirmed.

“Driving without a licence is dangerous,” Qiliho said.

“Not only did he put others in danger, but he also could have hurt himself.

“My plea to the sports stars is that when you celebrate over the festive season, do it responsibly.”

When contacted, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive of­ficer John O’Connor and Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach coach Gareth Baber refused to comment, saying they were unaware of the incident.

The 23-year-old Kunavula, by now a senior member of the team, made his debut in Hong Kong last year.

He was also an instrumental member of the team in Dubai and Cape Town in the first cluster of the 2018-19 World Sevens Series earlier this month, appearing in 12 matches in the two tournaments.

Kunavula’s case presents more headaches for Coach Baber, who has been trying to improve the team’s disci­pline on the circuit.

-Edited by Osea Bola

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