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Chief laid to rest

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, February 23, 2013

THE Tui Suva (chief of Suva) was laid to rest on Thursday.

Metuisela Mudunavosa, 84, died at his home in Suvavou in Lami on February 14 after a short illness.

Mr Mudunavosa is survived by his seven children, 32 grandchildren and about 30 great grandchildren.

The late Tui Suva's title was within the Naivutuvutu family of the tokatoka Solia from the mataqali Vuanimocelolo of the yavusa Vatuwaqa and he was the traditional chief of Suva City.

Delivering the family's eulogy, his nephew, Metui Naiyale said his uncle was a good man and was always stressing to his people to be spiritual, follow the rules and respect the vanua.

"Na nona veiqaravi, e sega ni wasea e dua na tamata. E vakaitavitaki koya ena cakacaka ni lotu kei na vanua (He did not segregate anyone during his leadership, he committed himself to the church and his land)," he said.

Mr Naiyale said he had a soft heart that made him different from the others. "Na otioti ni nona vosa, e kerea ga o koya me da veilomani. (His last wish was for everyone to love one another)."

Mr Naiyale said his uncle's funeral was attended by people from all walks of life because he had a big heart and an open hand was always ready to assist people who came to him.

"E dodonu meda vuli mai na nonai vakarau ka me da taura matua na nonai vakavuvuli. (We should learn from his way of life and take heed of his advice)."


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