DESPITE losing about $180,000 in cash and items, former parliamentarian George Shiu Raj says he will not abandon his birthplace at Namuaimada in Ra.
Three cartons of tabua, two mobile phones, jewellery and money were stolen in the attack on Mr Raj and his brother-in-law on Monday night.
Speaking to this newspaper from his home after being discharged from hospital, Mr Raj said he was still recovering from the incident.
"I will not leave this place after what happened to my family," he said.
"My family has been living at Namuaimada for the past 61 years and we have formed a strong bond with the villagers. This place is part of my life and I will never move elsewhere."
Mr Raj said he never expected an incident of that nature to happen to his family.
Three suspects were charged and appeared in the Tavua Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Their case was adjourned to September 20.
"My family is still trying to recover from the incident, especially my daughters, but we will leave everything to the police."
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said investigations were continuing.