The People’s Coalition Government, led by the Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka presented its ireguregu (traditional condolences) this morning to the vanua and family of the late Na Momo Levu Na Tui Vitogo, Ratu Wiliame Ratudale Sovasova at Vitogo Village in Lautoka.
Prime Minister Rabuka was joined by his wife, Mrs Sulueti Rabuka, Cabinet Ministers, Assistant Ministers and senior civil servants in the Western Division.
The late Ratu Wiliame passed away 11 days ago after an illness.
Following the ireguregu, the church service for the late Tui Vitogo was held on the chiefly grounds at the village.
In his eulogy, Prime Minister Rabuka paid tribute to the late chief’s commitment towards rural and national development.
Speaking in the itaukei language, the Prime Minister highlighted that the Government delegation also represented His Excellency the President of Fiji.
He acknowledged the late iTaukei Sukanacagi’s genuine concerns on economic prosperity which saw his strong support on land development and other socio-economic opportunities for his people and for the rural communities in Fiji.
He further highlighted that the late Ratu Wiliame’s determination to see the development of a unified Fiji will be a legacy that we must all strive to fulfill.
The late Tui Vitogo was a dear friend and a strong supporter of the People’s Coalition Government.
He promoted the recognition of itaukei rights and economic empowerment, among other important aspects.
The late Tui Vitogo was installed the chief of the vanua o Vitogo in 2006, a title he held for 17 years before he was called to eternal rest.
He is survived by his wife, Adi Litiana Marakiwai Naroba, his five children and 14 grandchildren.