The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will lead a government delegation this week to pay respects for the Late Tui Macuata, Ratu Aisea Cavunailoa Katonivere before his funeral this Saturday.
The Prime Minister, who is also the Minister for I-Taukei Affairs, will present the Fijian Government’s iTaukei traditional condolences known as the i reguregu.
He will be accompanied by senior government officials including the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development Mr Inia Seruiratu. Officials from the Office of the Commissioner Northern will accompany the delegation.
Earlier today the head of government paid tribute to the Late Tui Macuata and highlighted his efforts in promoting rural and national development.
“Ratu Aisea played a fundamental role in the development of our nation in particular through government’s Northern Development Plan. His genuine concern for climate change saw him strongly advocate environmental concerns at both the community and national level,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said.
“Ratu Aisea was a gentlemen in all sense of the word. His chiefly status did not deter him from hearing the views of all Fijians regardless of race, religion or creed. As a chief, these are values that inspire each of us. His determination to see the development of a unified Fiji is a legacy that each of us will strive to fulfil”.
The government delegation will present the i-reguregu on Friday this week before the burial of the late chief on Saturday morning in his village of Caumatalevu in Macuata.