Ro Teimumu Kepa was the third highest ranking cabinet minister in the two governments of SDL leader Laisenia Qarase.
She was the Minister for Education in the SDL-Consertative Alliance coalition government between September 2001 and March 2006. Ro Teimumu retained her position in the Qarase led SDL-Labour multiparty government after the May 2006 elections until it was ousted from power by Frank Bainimarama and the army on December 5 2006.
During her time as Education Minister, the Education Ministry achieved the record of being allocated the most funds from the annual national budgets. In 2006 her ministry got $333 million but this was slashed by Fiji Labour Party leader and interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry in March 2007.
Ro Teimumu is the younger sister of Adi Ro Lady Lala Mara. She succeeded her as Roko Tui Dreketi following Adi Lady Lala's death in July 2004.
The children of Adi Lady and Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara are her nephews and nieces. Some of them who are closely connected to the interim regime are the Commanding Officer of the army's 3rd Infantry Regiment (3FIR) Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara; Adi Koila Mara Nailatikau, the wife of Vice-President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau; Adi Ateca Mara Ganilau, the wife of interim Defence Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau; and Adi Elenoa Mara, wife of Fiji National Provident Fund chief executive Aisake Taito.
Burebasaga is one of the three confedracies of Fiji. The other two are Tovata - headed by Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu and Kubuna - headed by Vunivalu of Bau. The title of Vunivalu has been vacant since the death of the last holder Ratu Sir George Cakobau almost 20 years ago in November 1989.