Nabou accident victim’s final words to his wife

Vilimaina Tabua with her daughter Kasanita Botitu mourn the loss of her husband Sanaila Ruitoka at Yavusania village in Nadi yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

NABOU accident victim Sanaila Ruitoka’s final words to his wife, Vilimaina Tabua was that he would buy Sunday lunch for his young family upon his return from watching the Powerade Super Deans Rugby championship in Suva.

Mr Ruitoka was unable to fulfil his promise to Vilimaina and three young daughters because he was among the six people killed in a head on collision involving three vehicles in Nabou, Nadroga early yesterday morning.

“He was always making sure that I was okay because I was still nursing our youngest daughter,” she said.

“Before he went, he made breakfast for the whole family and made a hot water bath for me. “He hugged me goodbye and said that he would buy some chicken for our lunch tomorrow (today).”

An employee of Westin Denarau Island Resort, the 34-year-old was father to three-year-old Asinate Tuvou, two-year-old Liku Tabua and four-month-old Kasanita Botitu.

She said Sanaila was on leave from work and had dedicated his time looking after his family.

“He made sure that all of the girls ate and he even cooked for us. “He washed their clothes and took care of the family farm.” Mr Ruitoka’s uncle Sakiasi Radivi said his nephew’s last words to him were that he would gather their farm animals upon his return.

“He didn’t want me to do it,” he said. “He woke me up this morning (yesterday) and had made sure breakfast was ready before he left.”

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