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Cokanasiga Was A Man With A Heart Of Service

Former politician Joketani Cokanasiga had a heart of service committed with passion until he was called to rest. This was shared by Ana Dobui, the younger sister of Mr Cokanasiga
12 Mar 2021 16:11
Cokanasiga Was A Man With A Heart Of Service
Former politician Joketani Cokanasiga.

Former politician Joketani Cokanasiga had a heart of service committed with passion until he was called to rest.

This was shared by Ana Dobui, the younger sister of Mr Cokanasiga yesterday.

Speaking from her Deuba home, Ms Dobui said her late brother was committed to the call of service, and had served passionately and diligently at all times.

Mr Cokanasiga passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 7 at the Nasese Medical Centre in Suva after an illness that he was suffering from for some time.

He was 83.

“Joketani was the eldest of 10 siblings and he treated all of us equally. He never differentiated anyone,” Ms Dobui said.

“We will miss him, but we are at peace knowing that he is finally at rest with our maker.”

She added that the reguregu gathering began yesterday.

Mr Cokanasiga will be laid to rest at his village in Saniveiuto, Deuba, Serua tomorrow.

He served as Minister of Public Works and Energy in the transitional Cabinet formed by Laisenia Qarase after the 2000 coup.

He held the position until the elected Government was in power in September 2001.

In 2007, Mr Cokanasiga accepted the invitation to be Acting Minister of Fisheries and Forestry in the Government led by Voreqe Bainimarama.

He was the Minister for Defence when he resigned from politics in September 2014.

Mr Cokanasiga was also awarded with a Fiji50 commemorative medal by the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at the State House.

He is survived by his wife Piniana Ravea, his four children and seven grandchildren.

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