BAU chief Adi Litia Samanunu Cakobau-Talakuli has passed away.
She died at her home in Nakelo, Tailevu on Monday morning after a period of illness.
Yesterday, a delegation led by the turaga vakavanua Poasa Ratu traditionally conveyed the solemn message to the vanua of Bau where Adi Samanunu hails from, the vanua of Raralevu where her late mother hailed from, the vanua of Verata, the Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa in Lomanikoro, Rewa, and the vanua of Vuda.
Mata ki Burebasaga Makisi Nalewabau confirmed to The Fiji Times that an emergency bose vanua was held at Nakelo on Tuesday to discuss the program for the chiefly burial.
He said the reguregu would begin next Wednesday and the late chief to be laid to rest at the chiefly burial ground in Nakelo on Friday.
The vanua of Nakelo will meet again next Monday to discuss other traditional details.
"Na marama e bale qo e marama levu. E sema i Viti kei vuravura taucoko. Sa tu vakarau na vanua ko Nakelo me qarava na ogaoga qo e na kena cecere taudua (The late chief was a paramount chief, she was well connected to the whole of Fiji and the world over. The vanua of Nakelo stand ready to host this chiefly funeral in its highest honour)," Mr Nalewabau said.
Adi Samanunu, 72, is the eldest daughter of the late Vunivalu of Bau and former Governor General Ratu Sir George Cakobau.
A politician and a diplomat, Adi Samanunu was Minister for Fijian Affairs in 1994 and 1995. She also served as Fiji's High Commissioner to Malaysia.
In June 2006, Adi Samanunu was appointed to Senate and also as a minister without portfolio.
She is survived by her husband, the Turaga na Tui Nakelo Ratu Manasa Talakuli and son Ratu Joseva Talakuli.