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Chief to be laid to rest

Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

THE people of Namuka in Macuata will tomorrow farewell their high chief tomorrow.

Tui Namuka Ratu Ilisoni Covunitaqa, 78, passed away last Tuesday at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Speaking on behalf of the people of Namuka, Ratu Tevita Niumataiwalu said his brother died after a short illness.

"He will not be brought to the village but will be buried in Suva and the people of Namuka living in the North will travel to Suva tomorrow (today).

"We will miss him dearly and even though he spent his time in Suva, his leadership and advice to the people will always be remembered.

"We have always listened to his words of encouragement and his passing away is a great loss to the vanua of Namuka."

Ratu Tevita said Ratu Ilisoni is survived by his wife and three children.