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Tavua town to close for the late Tui Tavua Ratu Ovini Bokoni

January 23, 2009
Bloggers, SWM is sadden to hear of the passing away of the ousted Chairman of the GCC, the late Ratu Ovini Bokini. He was the last Chairman of the GCC when it was dismantled by Ganilau and his illegal junta. You will recall he was also Chairman, when Bainimarama made his infamous remark about the GCC delegate’s sitting under a mango tree….Neither Bainimarama, Nailatilau, Ganilau or the Mara’s manifest the kind of personal attributes displayed by the late Tui Tavua and they should all hang their head in shame because they will never be like these ‘true Fijian chiefs’ who people follow willingly and not forcibly like today. SWM on behalf of its worldwide Members would like to pass on its condolence to Ratu Ovini’s family and we would like to rededicate ourselves afresh to this fight to rid this coup culture from Fiji permanently! YES, WE CAN!!!, YES, WE CAN!!!, YES, WE CAN!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009


The late Tui Tavua, Ratu Ovini Bokini. Taken from / By: Google

The Tavua town council is requesting all proprietors to close between 5 and 6 this evening, as the body of the late Tui Tavua will be escorted from the hospital to his village in Tavualevu.

Town Clerk Jasuman Khan says this is a sign of respect that the people of Tavua has for their chief.

The Tui Tavua passed away last week after suffering from a long term illness.

His funeral service will be held tomorrow, and Khan says the town will also be closed from 10am to 1pm tomorrow.

She says the market will also be closed and those who are thinking of travelling to Tavua town be advised, it will be closed this evening from 5 to 6, and tomorrow from 10am to 1 in the afternoon.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark Manning permalink
    January 23, 2009 2:26 AM

    Condolences to this Chief’s family and friends and his village . Let’s change that to , yes we are ! In his memory .

  2. January 23, 2009 2:27 AM

    Moce mada Ratu Ovini and we will continue with the fight and bring these bastards to justice.

  3. Mark Manning permalink
    January 23, 2009 2:33 AM

    My guess is the real reason Frank doesn’t want to go to New Guinea is that he doesn’t know if Soldiers and Police who have returned from peacekeeping duties will be loyal to him or the Elected Government !
    Frank knows that if they are not loyal to him , he could be arrested the moment he steps back into Fiji .

  4. Viti permalink
    January 23, 2009 2:59 AM

    Vinaka Vaka Levu SWM for acknowledging one of Fiji’s true sons.

    Yes Na Vosa we will continue with the fight to bring the Illegal Regime to their knees.

    In endorsing his nomination as the chairman, the late Roko Tui Dereketi, Adi Lala Mara said; “The Bose Levu Vaturaga required someone who had STANDING AND WHO HAD SUBJECTS WHO RECONGNISED HIS AUTHORITY.”

    It is sad that the Mara children did not recognise this and should have fight harder to stop a commoner from trampling all over the highest traditional body in the country.

    Ni Sa Moce Ratu Ovini Bokini, you will be sadly missed by your people.

  5. Viti permalink
    January 23, 2009 3:16 AM

    It has come to my attention that Tui Tavu, Ratu Ovini Bokini, was overlord of the Vanua consisting of servaral villages in North West Viti Levu.

    When Ratu Ovini became chairman of the Bose Levu Vaturaga (GCC) he brought dignity and measured judgement to the position. In the period leading up to the 2006 and later, Tui Tavu never compromised his position about the illegality of the coup.

    The disolution of the BLV in early 2007, after it declined to endorse Epeli Nailatikau as Vice President, did not move Tui Tavua.

    Some question whether the BLV should have been more accomodating towards the Illegal Junta as it would have served the BLV better.

    Ratu Ovini’s response was, “If The Bose Levu Vaturaga Was To Stand For Anything It Must Stand For Principle.”

  6. January 23, 2009 5:07 AM

    @ viti,

    you are so true about the late Ratu Ovini and you definitely know a lot about Fijian politics and the chiefly households.

  7. Viti permalink
    January 23, 2009 5:54 AM

    Na Vosa!

    This is what we blog for to learn and pass what we know on.

    The above was sent to me by someone I went to school with and asked if we could acknowledge the death of one of Fiji’s sons.

    She felt that not enough was mentioned about the Chairman of the dismantled GCC.

    Once again I thank SWM for giving me the opportunity to say those lovely things about Tui Tavua.

  8. FijiGirl permalink
    January 23, 2009 5:55 AM

    Vinaka vakalevu SWM for your words for the late Ratu Ovini. May the Lord blessings rain upon him in his rest.

    Our emerging democratic leaders need to have a firm view on how the new Chair of the GCC will be chosen after free and fair elections (whenever those might be).

    If they will continue with the pre-coup selection system, or if they aim for it to change, let them make that clear now. Decisive leadership, and emerging decisive leadership, is what is needed.

    God bless Ratu Ovini. God bless Fiji

  9. EnufDictatorship permalink
    January 23, 2009 7:30 AM

    Our sincere condolences to you Ratu Bokini, for your tenacity, your altruism and your strive to assist in the building of our nation and your vanua to what it was before Dec. 5, 2006.

    May our Father continue to bless the lovely family you left behind and rest your chiefly soul in His kingdom.

    Rest in peace, Tui Tavua!

  10. Lusianna permalink
    January 24, 2009 1:52 PM


    What do you think? I just find this rather odd to have Nailatikau and the Pressie attend the funeral of the ousted chairman of the GCC, Ratu Ovini Bokini.

    Is it you push politics aside and attend to score brownie points with the people?

    Thousands farewell chief
    Saturday, January 24, 2009

    Update: 5:12PM MORE than 1000 people gathered at Tavualevu Village today to farewell the former Great Council of Chiefs chairman and Tui Tavua Ratu Ovini Bokini.

    Among the dignitaries were the President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, former Vice President Ratu Jope Seniloli, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

    Tui Namosi Ratu Suliano Matanitobua delivered the eulogy.

    Ratu Ovini passed away at his home last week.

    He is survived by his wife, Tavo, and four children.

  11. tualeita permalink
    January 24, 2009 2:17 PM

    I had a premonition about the recent extra-heavy downpour and severe flooding. I felt that these calamities were a sign that a high chief would pass away.

    Anyway, Filipe Bole was also there at the funeral. He is married to the deceased Tui’s sister.

    Qarase was also there. He is closely related to Tavo, Tui Tavua’s wife.

    Ratu Epenisa Cakobau was also there. He led the Bauans, who actually performed the chiefly burial. It is customary in the western parts of Fiji that the actual burial of the deceased be performed by the people he/she is “vasu” to. Tui Tavua’s mother was from Bau.

  12. Lusianna permalink
    January 25, 2009 6:15 AM

    Vinaka tualeita

    I appreciate your explanation and have learnt from it.

    I am all for retaining the taukei’s traditional cultures.

    It is the foundation to Fiji’s multi-racial society and should never be ignored.

  13. tualeita permalink
    January 25, 2009 6:42 AM

    He really did try to bring Qarase and VB together when he was convening the GCC meetings in 2006 during the impasse before and after the coup.

    Even after he and his team were disrespectfully told by VB to “go and drink homebrew under the mango tree”, Rt. Ovini still was trying his best to get Qarase and VB to reconcile. He led some GCC members up to the camp a few times, and, for hours, waited for VB to respond. But because of his, fear or stubbornness, VB would not even meet Rt. Ovini and his delegation.

    Well, now that God has taken this humble chief home, VB will not have any God-given opportunity to correct himself in this life to the only person he should obligate himself to apologize to.

    No wonder the heavy rains and severe floods showing the wrath of God.

  14. Lusianna permalink
    January 25, 2009 7:04 AM

    tualeita & FijiGirl

    A very nice day for me today to exchange in some meaningful conversation with the 2 of you.

    Thank you again so very much!

    I think you should consider posting articles to be discussed for SWM. I don’t know what email address you would use but if you send it to Editorial on the website and let them know that it is for posting.

    SWM if you reading this, please give us an email address for this purpose!

  15. Baby Lu permalink
    July 15, 2009 2:27 PM

    Moce Ratu

    Thanxz alot 4 supporting ur family, vanua and the government, May the almighty leads captain ur boat

    Vina Du Vakalevu Ratu
    Bila Au Cibi


  16. gonenibila permalink
    July 23, 2009 9:14 PM

    yes Ratu Oviniwas truly a man of principle,was very patient and kind… 27 years of leadership in Tavua he never ever abused his power nor did he look down on people !

    May he rest in peace and may his family find the comfort they need in the lord!!

    God Bless the Bokini-Ratu Family 🙂

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