FLP mourns death of party member

THE Fiji Labour Party is mourning the death of its assistant secretary general Kini Marawai.FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry said Mr Marawai, who hailed from a chiefly clan in Cakaudrove but never used his traditional title, would be sorely missed by the party.

“He was noted for his humility and amiable personality and mixed readily with people from all walks of life,” he said.

“Kini was a liberal thinker with a deep commitment to democracy, the rule of law and social justice.

“Despite not being in good health for the past two years, he participated actively and constructively in the affairs of the party,” Chaudhry said.

Mr Marawai, 60, contested the 2014 General Election.

“He died last Friday as he reportedly had an enlarged heart.

“He will be buried at Somosomo Village on Taveuni on Saturday.”

He is said to have started his career as a journalist with The Fiji Times before leaving to work as a high school teacher in Suva and Taveuni.

While working as a schoolteacher, he served as branch president of the Fijian Teachers Association in Taveuni and later the Suva East branch.

He left Fiji after the 1987 coups to take up legal studies in the UK, graduating with an LLB from the University of Southampton in 1992. Mr Marawai returned to Fiji and served as legal officer in the Attorney-General’s Chambers until 1999 when he left to take up private practice.

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