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Forces Honour Slain Heroes

The three soldiers who lost their lives in the attempted mutiny were Private Temo Veilewai, Private Osea Rokosirinavosa and Private Simione Rawaileba.
03 Nov 2020 10:07
Forces Honour Slain Heroes
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama laying a wreath at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua on November 2, 2020, in honour of the three soldiers who died in the failed attempted mutiny at the barracks on November 2, 2000. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Always remember them.

This was the message from Prime Minister and former Republic of Fiji Military Forces commander Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday as he joined the Third Battalion of Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR), the Fijian Navy, Fiji Corrections Service and Fiji Police Force at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua, marking 20 years since the failed attempted mutiny of November 2, 2000.

The three soldiers who lost their lives in the attempted mutiny were Private Temo Veilewai, Private Osea Rokosirinavosa and Private Simione Rawaileba.

They were killed by Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit (CRW) soldiers.

Several others were injured during the attempts to take over the Delainabua, Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

Mr Bainimarama reminded the soldiers to always remember the families of the three who lost their lives and those injured in trying to stop the attempted mutiny.

He thanked the leaders in the military for keeping the faith and remaining steadfast to the responsibility of defending the safety of every Fijian.

It was an emotional moment for Liku Veilewai, widow of the late Private Veilewai. She shared how much she missed her late husband’s company.

“I miss him very much as we were always close,” she said.

“My eldest son was in Class Two and my daughter was in preschool when they lost their father.”

From left: Salanieta Rawaileba (widow of Private Rawaileba), Private Senigigea Rokosirinavosa (daughter of Private Rokosirinavosa), and Liku Veilewai (widow of Private Veilewai) at the memorial of the November 2, 2000, failed attempted mutiny at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua on November 2, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

From left: Salanieta Rawaileba (widow of Private Rawaileba), Private Senigigea Rokosirinavosa (daughter of Private Rokosirinavosa), and Liku Veilewai (widow of Private Veilewai) at the memorial of the November 2, 2000, failed attempted mutiny at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua on November 2, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Ms Veilewai thanked the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) for the continued support shown to the family and the assistance in building their home in 2017.

The late private Veilewai hailed from Naceva village in Cicia, Lau.

During the church service, Captain Reverend, Viliame Tuidau encouraged those present to always be thankful and faithful to doing the work God has called them to do.

“We cannot change what had happened in 2000 because we know that many are plans in a man’s heart, but God’s plans will always prevail,” Captain Tuidau said.

“We should continue to pray for our country and the leadership in Government as we have seen the many Government developments and initiatives that have impacted the lives of all Fijians.”

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with 3FIR veterans at the memorial of the November 2, 2000 failed attempted mutiny at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua on November 2, 2020. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with 3FIR veterans at the memorial of the November 2, 2000 failed attempted mutiny at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua on November 2, 2020. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: adi.sovasiga@fijisun.com.fj



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