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The Late Colonel Paul Fanifau Manueli Contributed A Lot To Our Nation

Along with his senior officers within the RFMF, they put in motion a plan that resulted in Fijian soldiers taking part in peacekeeping missions around the world. It enabled Fiji to realise a dream that finally became a reality in 1978. Colonel Manueli was also instrumental in the formation of the Navy and the RFMF Engineers.
01 Mar 2019 15:47
The Late Colonel Paul Fanifau Manueli Contributed A Lot To Our Nation
The Republic of Fiji Military Force Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto led the RFMF in escorting the body of former Commander of the then Royal Fiji Military Forces late Colonel Paul Manueli from MIOT Pacific Hospitals in Amy Street to Brown Street on February 28, 2019.

The late Colonel Paul Fanifau Manueli was described by many as a gentleman, a visionary and one who contributed selflessly to the nation. He was from Noa’tau District in Rotuma. He was 85 years old.

In fact, he was also a Colonel of the Regiment – a title only bestowed upon distinguished officers.

As such the Republic of Fiji Military Forces will today fire 15 blank rounds from a 105 pound artillery weapon during the funeral at Lovonilase Cemetery. The late Colonel Manueli was the first local Commander of the then Royal Fiji Military Forces.  He was said to be the chief architect of the peacekeeping initiative mooted by the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

Along with his senior officers within the RFMF, they put in motion a plan that resulted in Fijian soldiers taking part in peacekeeping missions around the world. It enabled Fiji to realise a dream that finally became a reality in 1978. Colonel Manueli was also instrumental in the formation of the Navy and the RFMF Engineers.

Apart from his distinguished military career, Colonel Manueli also thrived as a business leader.

He was General Manager of the Suva-based British Petroleum in the South Pacific. He also served on a number of boards.

In 1988, Colonel Manueli was appointed to chair the Constitution Review Commission.

Opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka in his tribute said it was an honour and privilege to work with Colonel Manueli as Finance Minister from 1992-1996. He became Minister for Home Affairs and Justice from -1999. He was also instrumental in the Joint Parliamentary Sector Committee (JPSC) that implemented the 1996 Reeves Constitution Review Commission Report resulting in the 1997 Constitution which restored Fiji back into the fold of the international community.

The late Colonel Manueli was visionary, and had the interest of all people in Fiji. He was brilliant in business and had an instinct for financial management ad strategic planning.

He lived an exemplary life and contributed selflessly for the national interest. He has left behind a legacy that is hard to match.
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