Tui Noco laid to rest

Pallbearers carry the coffin of the Tui Noco, Ratu Isoa Damudamu. Picture: LUKE NACEI

DESCENDANTS of the girmitiya were yesterday assured that the Yavusa o Noco would continue to uphold their special relationship.

Speaking on behalf of the Rewa people, Ratu Peni Ratumaitavuki acknowledged the presence of the Luvedra na Ratu at the late Tui Noco, Ratu Isoa Damudamu’s, farewell service at the Nabudrau Methodist church in Noco, Rewa.

“We the Yavusa o Noco will treasure and uphold the relationship that was extended to you by the vanua for you to be part of the people of Rewa,” he said.

“We would like to take this time to extend our sincere thanks for your support and for your generosity and for your presence here this morning.”

“Your presence in numbers shows us your love for the vanua.

“We are so glad that you are present here to pay your last respects.”

Speaking on behalf of the Luvedra na Ratu, Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprise and Development (FRIEND) founder Sashi Kiran said Ratu Isoa was a man of hearts.

“He always made sure we were well looked after,” she said. “He was a man with big dreams and we were grateful he made us a family.

He was simple and was open to criticism when we were named Luvedra na Ratu.”