Police appeal to livestock owners

Naina Bilo (right) and son Nacanieli Duailea hold a picture of Joeli Bilo at Vusama Village in Sigatoka yesterday. Picture: Baljeet Singh

Naina Bilo (right) and son Nacanieli Duailea hold a picture of Joeli Bilo at Vusama Village in Sigatoka yesterday. Picture: Baljeet Singh

POLICE are calling for livestock owners to be more responsible after the death of a 50-year-old man along Natadola Rd last Friday.

Joeli Bilo allegedly died from injuries sustained when the vehicle he was driving hit a cow and then collided with a van carrying about 20 passengers about 6.30pm.

“One person died and the rest are at the Sigatoka Hospital and the more serious ones are at the Lautoka Hospital,” said acting chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police Maretino Qiolevu.

“We are asking animal owners to be more responsible.

“One of the reasons Operation Tatarovi was put together was to bring about trust and confidence on our roads.

“Everyone has a role to play — the drivers, passengers, pedestrians, LTA, police and even animal owners.”

Mr Bilo’s wife, Naina Bilo, said her husband had picked her from her workplace and they had shared a meal and a cup of tea one hour before news of the accident reached her.

“I will miss his gentle ways and sense of humour,” the 42-year-old Vusama villager of Nadroga shared.

“He was a very well-liked man in our village and he chose to live in Vusama even though he is from Malomalo because he wanted to take care of my elderly dad — that’s the kind of man he was.”