Bolakoro Misses Mum During Headstone Unveiling At Nasinu Cemetery

The late Mrs Bolakoro was the former principal prison officer with the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS).
23 Aug 2020 16:23
Bolakoro Misses Mum During Headstone Unveiling At Nasinu Cemetery
An emotional Moses Bolakoro (left) with a Fiji Corrections Service officer at the unveiling of his late mother’s headstone at the Nasinu cemetry on August 22, 2020. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

It was an emotional day for 23-year-old Moses Bolakoro as he unveiled the headstone of his late mother, Sova Bolakoro, at the Nasinu Cemetery yesterday.

The late Mrs Bolakoro was the former principal prison officer with the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS).

Mr Bolakoro could not contain his emotions as memories of the day that he lost his mum flashed before his eyes.

He was 12-years-old when his mother passed away in an asthma attack  in 2009.

Yesterday, the Fiji Corrections Service officers led by the Deputy Commissioner, Senior Superintendent Apakuki Qura, and family members unveiled the headstones of the nine fallen officers who died during their service.

FCS director of rehabilitation, Senior Superintendent Salote Panapasa, said the late Mrs Bolakoro was the most senior woman officer during her time of service.

She held the position of principal prison’s officer for the Fiji Women’s Correction’s Centre when she passed away.

Mr Bolakoro while unveiling his late mother’s headstone broke down in tears.

“Whenever I come here, I remember our last taxi ride together to the hospital where I lost her forever,” an emotional Mr Bolakoro said.

“It was only me and Na at home that night. She had returned from work and everything was normal until she had the attack,” he said.

“She was looking at me inside the car on our way to the hospital with tears in her eyes. I knew she had wanted to tell me more, but she just couldn’t.”

He said that this day will be etched forever in his heart.

Mr Bolakoro thanked the Fiji Corrections Service for providing his mother’s headstone to honour her memory.

The late Mrs Bolakoro was 54-years-old when she passed away.

She is survived by her husband and four children.

Standard size headstone

The Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) is promoting the use of a standard size headstone mould for burial lots in cemeteries across the country.

Senior Superintendent Qura said the standard size would only consist of a headstone mould with the headstone without cementing the whole burial lot.

Mr Qura said the programme initiated by the Fiji Corrections Service was a way to honour the tireless efforts put in by their officers during their years of service.

“Even though some had been laid to rest here for a number of years, we have not forgotten their efforts in the corrections service and this is our way of acknowledging them,” he said.

“This is a programme that has been initiated by the Fiji Corrections Service as a form of our acknowledgement to our fallen officers for their tireless efforts and dedication.”

The mould of the headstones were designed, built and erected by FCS engineers.

He said the standard size will also make work easier for their boys should families need burial spots to be reopened after 14 years for double burials.

Edited by Caroline Ratudradra


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