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Waqanivavalagi passes away

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Sakiasi Nawaikama Waqanivavalagi was a father-like figure and this was why we naturally called him "tamana", says PSC permanent secretary Parmesh Chand.

Mr Waqanivavalagi, a former minister in Ratu Mara's Alliance government after Fiji became independent, passed away at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva last week.

Mr Chand said Mr Waqanivavalagi always reciprocated in a manner which befitted them and he always treated them with a lot of care and guidance.

"For me personally, Mr Waqanivavalagi was a man with great intellect and ability and having someone who worked in colonial administration, he brought in wealth of good practices.

"He had immaculate English so he communicated very well with us and his sense of protocol and respect were remarkable.

"So as youngsters having worked under him, he was remarkable and we will always treasure the opportunity of having worked under him."

Mr Chand said his passing was a great loss for Fiji and for those who worked under him and having known the man, they would continue to live by his principles.

Mr Waqanivavalagi was born on July 19, 1932 in Kadavu.

He became the youngest member of the legislative council at the age of 31 in 1963 and was also a founding member of the Vatukoula Gold Mine Union as well as FNPF.

Mr Waqanivavalagi became PSC chairman in his late years from where he retired.

The reguregu will commence from tomorrow.








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