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Waqatairewa Irreplaceable: Seruiratu

Waqatairewa Irreplaceable: Seruiratu
Commander RFMF Viliame Naupoto showing his respect to PSO Major Vilikesa Waqatairewa during his funeral in Vatoa village Tailevu on January 12,2019.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
January 13
13:16 2019

The late Major (Retired) Vilikesa Waqatairewa, who died on January 5, will be irreplaceable, his loyalty unquestionable, says the Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu.

“He was loyal, faithful and good at making decisions,” said Mr Seruiratu who delivered the eulogy on behalf of the Government.

The Permanent Secretary Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Yogesh Karan also spoke about the core responsibilities and logistics carried out by the late Major Waqatairewa.

“This included security contingency plans, he introduced the `recce’ approach that the Private Office adopts as part of its standard checklist,” he said.

“Screening of requests for appointment with the Prime Minister is another important task he facilitated and I’m sure he gave a great level of satisfaction to quite a number of `walk in’ public who approached his office.”

He said as head of the Private Office, PS1 he provided leadership and guidance to the team at the office in Level 4.

“I’ve been told that mentoring and providing fatherly advice was very much a part of PS1 in performing these roles,” he added.

Major Waqatairewa, according to Mr Karan, was a humble man and was slow to anger. He demonstrated a high level of tolerance and he could only assume that he destressed during his grog sessions.

He was a good listener, but when he did make contributions and interventions, they did have a lasting impact.

“I would use him as a good example of a person that we can associate with the saying `still water runs deep’.

“As part of Major Waqatairewa’s oversight, he was an action oriented person and during planning sessions he did have the quality of having an `eye for detail’.

“He was always mindful not to contradict Government policies and guidelines and was highly respected.”

Meanwhile Major Sanaila Vitukalulu delivered the RFMF’s eulogy.

He said Major (Retired) Waqatairewa’s quick promotions at the RFMF were a real challenge to those at the institution.

The late Mr Waqatairewa was one of the first Fijians to join the Multinational Forces & Observers.

Major Vitukalulu said the late Waqatairewa was Officer Commanding (OC) in Fiji’s first trip to Iraq to join the United National Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) in May 2006.

He also went to East Timor in October 2010 to October 02 2011 and was awarded the Chief Military Liaison Officer Commendation Award.

He left the military in January 2013 after 38 years of service.

The former President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama also attended the funeral.

Edited by Susana Tuilau



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