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Ratu Meleti Bainimarama Dies At 60

”A Private Thanksgiving Service will be held on Friday 18 June followed by Interment at Lovonilase (Old Suva Cemetery).”
15 Jun 2021 13:07
Ratu Meleti Bainimarama Dies At 60
Ratu Meleti Bainimarama... will be laid to rest on Friday, June 18, 2021 at the Lovonilase (Old Suva Cemetery).

Families and loved ones are mourning the loss of the Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Ratu Meleti Bainimarama.

He passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021 after serving five years as PS.

Ratu Meleti was born on August 11, 1960.

He was the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development before he was farewelled by the ministry in January 2019 to take up his post as PS for the iTaukei Affairs.

He was a career civil servant having served across major sectors of the Government for more than 30 years in the Fijian Civil Service.

According to the Returned Soldiers & Ex- Servicemen office in Walu Bay, Ratu Meleti was an Officer of the Territorial Force (TF) Brigade.

He was the younger brother of the late Ratu Meli Bainimarama the former High Commissioner to Malaysia, who passed away in 2015, and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

He hailed from Kiuva, Bau, Tailevu, and is married to Emi Bainimarama.

In a release by the Bainimarama Family yesterday, it said that there would be no traditional reguregu in accordance to Ratu Meleti’s wishes.

”A Private Thanksgiving Service will be held on Friday 18 June followed by Interment at Lovonilase (Old Suva Cemetery).”

In compliance with Fiji’s COVID-19 protocols, the release said Thanksgiving Service and Interment would be attended by his immediate family and his siblings only.

“Certain segments of the programme will be made available through livestream for extended family members, his work colleagues and friends.”

Public Service Commission 

The Public Service Commission in a statement said that the late Mr Bainimarama was a very loyal and committed member of the team.

“Meleti made an extraordinary contribution to Fiji in his final years as the Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs,” said the Chair of the PSC, Vishnu Mohan.

“His leadership will be remembered for helping to usher in an era of empowerment for landowning communities across the nation. He was someone who I would describe as a quiet performer with a character of humility and good humour. No doubt, he will be sorely missed.”

An acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs will be appointed in due course.

 Edited by Selita Rabuku 

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