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Family buries dad

Mere Naleba
Sunday, March 09, 2014

WHAT was supposed to be a day visiting their father at the Suva Corrections Centre was instead spent paying their last respects to him.

Convicted inmate Viliame Tawake died in his prison cell last Sunday.

His daughters Joana, 8, Reapi, 7, and his only son and namesake Viliame Tawake Jr, 3, along with their mother Makarita Maria were looking forward to visiting Tawake again in prison after he was sentenced to nine months for theft.

Instead of preparing to visit their father in prison on Saturday, the children were preparing to bury him. They were accompanied by family members who had travelled from as far as Kadavu to be part of Tawake's memorial service.

Ms Maria was comforted by relatives and her children at the grave site of her husband.

"Every time I see my children I just cannot stop my tears," Ms Maria said.

"My daughters understand that their father is no more. It's my son who is still too young to understand that his father has passed away".

Ms Maria said a post-mortem examination was conducted on Tuesday and she was told by medical officers at CWM Hospital she would know the cause of death in two weeks.

A tearful Ms Maria said they were supposed to visit her husband yesterday, instead they had come to farewell him for good.

Fiji Corrections Service spokeswoman Kuini Waqasavou said they would comment on the matter after receiving the results of the post-mortem examination.

Tawake is survived by his wife and three children.








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