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Tui Nadi Claimant To Be Buried Today

Ratu Kaliova Dawai passed away on August 30 after a short illness.
17 Sep 2020 10:57
Tui Nadi Claimant To Be Buried Today
The body of the late Ratu Kaliova Dawai at his home in Narewa Village, Nadi on September 16, 2020. (Insert) Ratu Kaliova in happier days. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A claimant to the Tui Nadi chiefly title will be laid to rest at Narewa Village in Nadi today.

Ratu Kaliova Dawai passed away on August 30 after a short illness, spokesperson Sairusi Nabete confirmed.

The Tui Nadi chiefly title has been at the centre of controversy.

The late Ratu Kaliova, who was installed in 2013 by the vanua, after the death of his brother who held the title, Ratu Sireli Rokomatu Namulo.

Ratu Kaliova in happier days.

Ratu Kaliova in happier days.

He was dethroned by the iTaukei Lands and Fisheries Commission and then he challenged the decision. It was defeated.

The commission installed Ratu Sailosi Dawai.

However, when Ratu Sailosi died in 2016, the current Tui Nadi Ratu Vuniyani Navuniuci became his successor.

This was also challenged in court by the late Ratu Kaliova. The dispute is still before the High Court.

Mr Nabete said: “Ratu Kaliova belonged to the people. He took over from his brother and predecessor the then Tui Nadi late Ratu Sireli Rokomatu Namulo.”

The late Ratu Kaliova Dawai was 61. He is survived by one daughter.

The church service is at 10am and burial at the Sautabu.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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