#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: State funeral details announced for Ratu Josefa

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

State funeral details announced for Ratu Josefa

STATELY TIMES: Ratu Josefa as president with H.E. Milagros Ortiz Bosch, the vice-president of the Dominican Republic (year unknown).
Former Fiji President to lie in state at Government House from Monday

A delegation from the Vanua o Vuda visited His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at Government House this morning to traditionally inform him of the passing of the late Turaga na Tui Vuda and former President Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda.

Later, at about 9am the delegation called upon the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama at his residence.

The delegation, told both His Excellency the President and the Prime Minister that the late Turaga na Tui Vuda will be laid to rest next Thursday, February 17, 2011.

Following the meeting with the Vanua of Vuda yesterday afternoon, the Organising Committee for the State funeral met again this morning and confirmed the following:
  •  The body of the late Ratu Iloilo will leave the Suva Private Hospital at 10am next Monday, February 14 for Government House where he will lie in state in the State Room
  •   The late Turaga na Tui Vuda’s casket will travel through Waimanu Road, Mark Street, Thompson Street, link up to Victoria Parade and pass through Queen Elizabeth drive and up to Government House through the main gate
  • These roads will be closed to all traffic
  •  However, members of the public who may wish to observe their final respects are invited to stand along the sidewalks with respectful silence as the casket passes through on its way to Government House
  • The diplomatic corp. civil society organisations or groups can pay their final respects to the late Turaga na Tui Vuda while he lies in state
  • All traditional presentations of i-reguregu are encouraged to be made to the Vanua o Vuda at Viseisei
  •  Nevertheless, those that cannot make it to Vuda can also present their ireguregu at Government House while the former President lies in State
  •  Government will convey the body of the late Tui Vuda to the Vanua o Vuda on Tuesday, February 15
  •  The funeral cortege will depart Government House at 10am
  •  The procession will march along the main street of the city
  •  The march will extend through to the old Government Supplies building at Walu Bay before the chiefly hearse, escorted by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, continues the final phase of the journey to Viseisei.
The late Tui Vuda will lie at his chiefly residence in Vunisei for two nights before he is laid to rest.

The funeral will be preceded by a Church Service at 10.00am. (ex Ministry of Information)

Footnote: The traditional itaukei practice of mat  presentation or reguregu will not be allowed at Government House while Ratu Josefa lies in State next Monday. They'll be restricted to Viseisei.


Daurai said...

I don't think the people of Fiji can in good conscience wish Iloilo RIP. How can we, given the chaos and suffering that we are made to endure everyday by the thugs in the military? He had a direct hand in it. He should have awaited his punishment before kicking the bucket. People in Fiji should completely ignore this ridiculous public performance and crocodile tears at his funeral.

Anonymous said...

i sthere any holiday

mark manning said...

Whether you agree that the late President was or wasn't aware of his actions, his passing could be enough to spark a revolt against the Regime.

Anonymous said...

He was a traitor! Don't waste my taxes on his funeral. He should be buried in Naboro.

Anonymous said...

Even in death the regime is propping him up with the facade of state funeral. Took them some time to come to that. Of course most of us know that Rt Iloilo was a puppet of the main culprits who pulled strings and got him to do their biddings. This is what they realise they owe him - at least a state funeral.

Anonymous said...

Come on People let us have some courtesy for the late Rt Iloilo even if we dont like what is happening and what he was involved in.

One day, we will all follow that end of the road and you would not like if people are ridiculing you for things that you did wrong during your lifetime...

Deceased (and for this case Ratu Iloilo) have relatives who do not agree with what he has done but are mourning for his loss.

Let us not lose touch with our Fijianess and dont let this Coup overwhelm us and please let us not lose touch with some of our unique characteristics

RIP Sir.....

Anonymous said...

While I do not support this coup, I will not support any uprising that you are trying to instigate...we have enough haters and uprising around the world...you know we were cannibals just 176 years ago but be careful that some of us (anti coup) might just turn around and come for you because of your non sensitive comments and for using the Tui Vudas death to orchestrate uprising.

Tiger Balm said...

Will be interesting to see how many people line the streets to pay their respects on Tuesday! ie apart from the ones forced too..

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with the first commentor here - hard to say RIP to someone who has through his actions caused misery in our lives and is responsible for my family's suffering? Sorry but no sympathy from me at all.

Chodo's comment said...

As Chodo and the FLP said: Iloilo was a 'simple' man....only one way to intepret that clever comment.

Anonymous said...

Your have manipulated Ratu Josefa Iloilo and the military through lies and deceit for your own benefits.The Bible said, "The heart is deceitfull above all things, And desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to every man according to His ways, according to the fruits of His doing." (Jeremiah 17:9-10) You overthrow a democratically elected government and abrogated the constitution of Fiji. The Bible said "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authority that exists are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resist the authority resist the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgement on themselves." (Romans 13:1-2) You have rule this country by force for the last five years with your self appointed illegal government through your illegal decree (the unrighteous authority) against the will of the people of Fiji. Remember that God is still on His throne and He is still in controll of every thing including your very breath and your very heart beat. The Bible said, "For God is King of all the earth. God reigns over the nations; God sits on His throne." (Psalm 45:6-8) In His own time He will deliver us from your dirty hands because He promised, "The Lord execute righteousness and judgement for all that are oppressed." (Psalm 103:6) You have tried to paint yourself and all your cohorts as the good guys by blaming the good people of corruption through witch hunt and trump up charges. The Bible said, "Woe to them who say evil good and good evil, who say light darkness and darkness light, who put bitter to sweet and sweet to bitter. Therefore as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root will be as rotteness, And their blossom will ascend like dust." (Isaiah 5:20,24) Nothing is working and everything is shaking in your illegal government because you have already dug your own grave and you are caught in your own trap. The Bible said, "The heathen are sunk down in the pit he has made; in the net which they hid in, their own foot is caught...the wicked is snared in the works of their hands." (Psalm 9:15,16,17)."The wicked is banished in his own wickedness." (Proverbs 14:32 ). "..the wicked will not go unpunished." (Proverbs 11:21) Though God is long suffering, He will never compromise His justice. Your days are numbered and this is the writing on the wall for you Voreqe Bainimarama, your cohorts and all those who supports you .

Verebau. said...

@Anon 12:16.

Well put.

Unbelievable reguregu said...

Interesting that itaukei willl not be allowed to do reguregu at government house - what is the reason for this? Is the practice considered impractical or undesireable. Interesting that the regime's release goes on to welcome kaivaagi, diplomats etc to pay their respects at govt house. i-taukei should be pissed at this decision

mark manning said...

@ anonymous, 1226 p.m.
I'm not instigating an uprising, just pointing out the possibility.
I said from the beginning, that people should not speak ill of the dead and I will add to that here, let he who is without sin, cast the 1st. stone.
I have defended the late President, and if you care to read some of my previous comments, you will notice this.
As for being cannibals, bring the salt and pepper and few herbs and spices and toothpicks, I'm old tough meat without it and I might even need to be marinated overnight !

blame Frank and Co. if the mood of the people goes sour and they rise up against the Regime, don't blame me, I'm just the messenger.

mark manning said...

@ Unbelievable
It's not so unbelievable when you consider that an Indian moslem who was a Resident of Australia is Frank Bainimarama's puppet master.

Remember the illegal abduction and torture of innocent unarmed men and women, including the standing on the back of a pregnant Indigenous Fijian by a female Indigenous Fijian Soldier of the RFMF on Christmas Eve, 2006 and the purported Abrogation of the Constitution of the Fiji Islands on Good Friday, the 10th. of April, 2009, not to mention the attacks against ministers of the Methodist church and the stopping by the Regime of the Methodist conference over the past 2 to 3 years !

Doesn't it strike you as a coincidence that all these actions are on christian holy days and against christian Institutions ?
And who do you think might be responsible for that ?
So, no, I'm not surprised at all that a Traditional funeral won't be held for the late President.

Frank Bainimarama, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, the Military Council and other coup supporters, will have to watch their backs all the time now.
Especially now that the money is running out.

mark manning said...

@ anonymous 1226 p.m.
I stated in late 2006 or early 2007, that the death of an elder Statesman might be the catalyst to bring this coup to an end and it wasn't directed at any particular individual, even though the late president's health was in question at the time.

I, like some others here, have given him the benefit of the doubt and have not been disrespectful at all.
If you can show where I have been disrespectful to the Late President, I would like to know.

I'm wondering at your reaction though, is it because you are protecting your Chief or are you one of Frank Bainimarama's soldiers and frightened at the possibility of revenge at this time ?

Anonymous said...


I am just like any other Fijians...do not like when Chiefs are criticised and given names...Frightened...no not in my Dictionary....I do not agree with this Coup either...Just try and come to Fiji...are you frightened?

mark manning said...

@ anon 939 p.m.
frightened, me neither, not of cowards and bullies !
but frightened for what is happening to Fijians in the future and their families and children.
I don't ever recall insulting any of your Chiefs unless it was justified and I've only ever stated that there is the possibility that the late President was mentally compromised due to his age and the possibility of senility and memory loss etc.
I have been the one who stood up for him here, so I don't know what your going on about.
You are behaving like an emotional little boy, defending something which is only taking place in your own imagination !

You have also chosen to change your attack on me and your argument, without actually supplying any evidence of that which you are accusing me, just as Frank Bainimarama has done with Mr. Qarase.

What is your problem man, are you concerned that I am insisting violence and an uprising, because that is what you initially accused me of or are you accusing me of insulting your Chiefs ?

Sit down, take a deep breath and some of Frank's medication and think again !

We all know by the way, that a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link.

Has Fiji's Cultural System exposed some weak links ?

Does a Chiefly title ensure that the holder of that title, is worthy of it ?

I suggest that you look within your own society 1st. before attacking me, because it is mostly fijians who are insulting your chief, not me.

I respect him as an elderly man, doing a difficult job, under extremely tumultuous and turbulent times in Fiji's history.
I have also already stated that i believed that he was being taken advantage of by Frank Bainimarama, because of his frail state and age.
that is not disrespect, it's recognition of his probable condition and mental state.

How can I not respect a 91 year old man in public office and a President to boot ?

Now, I suggest that you insult the Fijians who are attacking his character, or are you in fact too cowardly to do that, in Fiji.

Too much brawn and too little brain.

high jumper said...

how the mighty fall! but typical of the regime that all vulagi can pay respect conveniently at government house but the natives can walk all the way to vuda with their pigs and dalo for the reguregu. mai ka ni cava. forget the reguregu and keep your meager dollars for your children. what is taking place is a false and shameful display of respect. forget it.

Anonymous said...

Iloilo chose to remain as president even when he was asked to step down because everyone knew he was totally unsuitable to continue, but he chose to remain and the end result is that he poured filthy shiet over his people and himself. Why should we respect someone who did not respect us. Remember the story of Lazarus and the rich man in purple who supped sumptuously everyday! Moce Jo, I hope you enjoy hell, because you supped sumptuously while I starved and could not pay for a decent living for my family after I lost my job after the coup.

Anonymous said...


Chill Brother, your hidden agenda is coming out now...You are one of those who is anti chief and anti tradition who just want to instigate a revolution to further your agenda....I think that you are worse than Khaiyum, Bano etc and should be sent to the Ayers Rock to have some crash course on Indigeneous Cultural Sensitivity.
Why dont you take some good old Aussie beer and BBQ and ride on a merry go round.....As for saying that I did not pass comments to other Fijians critising Tui Vuda in this forum because I was frightened...for your information, all my comments to them have been so HEAVY that the Moderator did not want to post it in....Relax tu boto Mark, remember I don't support this coup either but as I have mentioned in my earlier comment above, that to continue with your kind of speech like other bloggers as you will rub salt to the wounds of the relatives who are just like us (against the coup)but are mourning...in the end if you continue with your big talk,and if you happened to be there, they might just put you in the Lovo for the Reguregu....would you like it Mark that during your funeral all the Pro Coup supporters will continue to criticise you in front of your Family while they are mourning and continue to publish it in the blog? You tell me that I am behaving like one emotional little boy but I think Mark that you are behaving like one big headed Humpty Dumpty and think so highly of yourself and your self professed assessment of Fiji's Political system...Moce Mark and Chill tu mada..

Anonymous said...

I am surprised that Nailatikau has approved [ albeit, no choice!!!! ] the laying in state of Iloilo at Government House.
It is obvious that he has been TOLD that Iloilo will lay in state at Government House even though he [Nailatikau] is in residence.
What lack of respect and arrogance on the part of the Ilegal Regime!!
Why cannot Borron House or the GCC complex be used for the laying in state??!!

Anonymous said...

I cannot, for one moment, comprehend and accept all this hype and excitement about the death of someone who rose from a 'Mr Nobody" who not only has jurisdiction over ONLY FIVE villages, but who has allowed himself to be shafted time again by the Vore. A person who cannot tell himself 'enough is enough', a person who cannot think for himself, a person who has no moral coutrage, a person, who as THE Commander-in-Chief condoned the illegal and murderous activities of both the Military and Police, a person who agreed to the shafting of the GCC, a person, who, as a former Vice-President of the church said 'sweet bugger all' when then Methodist church was being shafted, THE person who shafted the Constituiton and then the next day says the he did not know what he was signing [That is a fact]. This is how he will be remembered and worse!!!
I therefore cannot and will not say 'Rest In Peace'.
Maybe "Restlesness in Perpetuity"
would be more fitting as a final sega na vakaisaisa!!!!!!!!

convolutedexperiment said...

@ anon 1138 p.m.
Well perhaps we can agree to disagree, at least neither of us approves of the coup, but your wrong of your assessment about my views on Fiji's culture, but that's ok.
I can't seem to convince you tat I haven't insulted the late president, you still have it in your mind that I have, i don't know why or on what base though !
so let's agree to differ and pray that Fiji is returned to Democracy soon and that the late President rests in peace.
Hopefully in time, the truth will prevail and we will all know what transpired and why.
In the meantime, my condolences to the family and the village !

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