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Payout for families

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, March 06, 2014

GOOD news for families of former military officers who have pending applications for compensation before the Labour Ministry.

The first case was called yesterday when a woman, the daughter of an army corporal who died in 2000, was handed a cheque of more than $20,000.

RFMF Chief of Staff Brigadier General Mohammed Aziz said the case set the platform for similar compensation payouts.

"There are other cases of similar nature pending," he said following yesterday's cheque presentation.

"This case sets the platform for the determination of other pending cases, so this is a case principle for the others.

"The RFMF had thought prudent that this soldier was entitled for compensation, and as such we had lodged the appeal, there was reconcentration and we are grateful that determination has been made on the compensation claim."

Lesila Kamikamica, the only daughter of the late Lance Corporal Rusiate Kamikamica, said she was shocked when she received a call on Monday night that her family would be awarded compensation for her father's death during training in Nadi 14 years ago.

Ms Kamikamica received her father's compensation cheque of $24,000 in Suva yesterday.

"I received a call last night (Monday) to come today and receive the cheque.

"I'm happy, especially when we have been waiting for it for a very long time and I thank the Labour Ministry and the RFMF now that this has been worked out.

"This case was closed but I wrote to the ministry again and asked if they could reopen the case. And I'm thankful that my prayers have been heard."

The 26-year-old mother said she would use the money to further her education and invest in her son's future.

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