The interim prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, withdrew at the last minute from the launch of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara's memoirs hosted by Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare in Suva last weekend.
Sources say Bainimarama had accepted an invitation to be at the launch. But upon returning from Turkey from an International Monetary Fund meeting, he told the organisers, he could not attend the launch as there was a death in the family.
It is seen as a rather lame excuse by Bainimarama to opt out at the last hour of the launch of the memoirs of the man whose kin are high profile figures in the regime.
Ratu Mara's son, Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, is of course the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Infantry Regiment of the military.
Ratu Epeli Ganilau, a son in law of Mara, is the interim Defence Minister. Another Ratu Mara son in law, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, was an interim minister and is now the acting president.