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OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE PASSING OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT, THE LATE RATU JOSEFA ILOILOVATU ULUIVUDA CF, MBE, MSD, KStJ
Monday 7th February, 2011 4pm
Fellow citizens of Fiji.
It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing yesterday morning of our former President, Na Turaga Taukei Vunisei, Turaga na Tui Vuda, Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda.
My Cabinet and I and the Government of the Republic of Fiji extend our heartfelt sympathies to Adi Kavunono and family and the Vanua of Vuda on the loss of a great son of Fiji who served our nation with distinction.
Ratu Iloilo’s chiefly qualities and status endowed him with great wisdom and leadership attributes which ensured the stability and progress of our nation through one of its most trying times. As President, he was our beacon of hope.
This is Ratu Iloilo’s legacy, which places him amongst the ranks of our great statesmen.
His strong Christian values guided his unwavering commitment to bringing unity to our nation and all its people.
In this regard, Ratu Iloilo promulgated the People’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress.
The Charter guides our way forward as a nation. Government is committed to continue its implementation as a tribute to Ratu Iloilo’s aspirations for a united Fiji.
Government will accord the late Tui Vuda a State funeral.
A Committee has been set up to work with the Vanua of Vuda to prepare, finalise and implement funeral arrangements, details of which will be announced later.
As a mark of respect, national flags in all Government institutions will fly at half mast from now until after the internment.
My Government and I together with the people of our nation join Adi Kavunono, the family and the people of the Vanua of Vuda in mourning the passing of the late Tui Vuda.