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Ratu George Kadavulevu Cakobau Dies After Illness

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Ratu George Kadavulevu Cakobau Dies After Illness Ratu George Kadavulevu Cakobau Junior earlier this month at the iTaukei Lands and Fisheries Commission building at Nasova in Suva. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Many people began mourning the death of Ratu George Kadavulevu Cakobau (Junior) yesterday.

They are hoping that his death will soften hearts and reunite the factions on Bau Island over the Vunivalu title row

Ratu George had challenged his half brother, Ratu Apenisa Cakobau for the title.

The iTaukei Lands and Fisheries Commission was mediating between the two groups.

The four chiefly households of the Tui Kaba clan could go through the formalities of deciding a new Vunivalu. They are the Mataiwelagi, Nai­sogolaca, Muaidule and Qaranikula. Ratu Epenisa is from Mataiwelagi.

Commission chairman Ratu Sireli Vananalagi Vesikula yesterday said out of respect to the family, they would not divulge any information of Ratu George’s death.

He said the next step of the Vunivalu installation would be confirmed at a later date.

background:

  • Ratu George Cakobau (Jnr) also known as Ratu Jioji Cakobau.
  • Is a Fijian chief and political leader.
  • In 2001, Ratu George was appointed to the Senate by the Great Council of Chiefs, having been nominated by the Tailevu Provincial Council. He served until 2006.
  • He took a strongly nationalistic position, opposing the 1997 Constitution adopted in 1997 and calling for political control to be restored to Fiji’s chiefs
  • His father, late Governor General Ratu Sir George, was installed as Vunivalu in 1959 and died in 1989. Since then the chiefly title had been vacant.
  • Late Ratu Sir George was first married to Adi Veniana Gavoka, Radini Levuka, daughter of Ratu Inoke Mara, Roko Tui Namata. And he had three children – Adi Samanunu Cakobau-Talakuli, Adi Litia Cakobau and Ratu George (Junior).
  • From Ratu Sir George’s second marriage to Lady Adi Lelea Seruwaia Balekiwai, he had four children Adi Salote Kaunilotuma Cakobau, Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, Ratu Josefa Celua Cakobau and Ratu Tanoa Visawaqa Cakobau.

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