DEATH OF A FIJI LEADER: JOSEVATA KAMIKAMICA

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By Maika Nagalu

SUVA, Fiji (August 17, 1998 - Daily Post/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---The vanua of Dravo in Tailevu have begun funeral arrangements for Fijian Association Party leader Josefata Kamikamica, the Daily Post reports.

Mr. Kamikamica died at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva at 1:30 a.m. yesterday. He was admitted a week earlier after suffering a stroke.

He was 64.

His family traveled to Dravo early yesterday to let his chief and kin know of his passing before they heard it from other sources.

In a moving statement yesterday, his only son, Manoa, said that "as is his nature," Mr. Kamikamica continued to fight his illness till the end."

"At the time of his passing he was with those dearest and closest to him."

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said Mr. Kamikamica's death was a great loss to the nation and to all Fiji Islanders.

As Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister after the military coups, he led Fiji's economic revival.

Title -- 1640 OBITUARY: Tributes for Kamikamica Date -- 17 August 1998 Byline -- Maika Nagalu Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Daily Post (Fiji),17/8/98 Copyright -- Daily Post Status -- Abridged

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TRIBUTES FLOW IN FOR KAMIKAMICA, ONE OF FIJI'S LEADING POLITICIANS

SUVA, Fiji Islands (August 17, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Tributes are being paid to one of Fiji's leading politicians, Josefata Kamikamica, who died yesterday in Suva.

Radio Australia Pacific correspondent Richard Dinnen reports that Mr. Kamikamica led the opposition Fijian Association Party and was a former Government minister:

"Josefata Kamikamica was Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Fiji between 1987 and 1992.

"He entered politics after a distinguished career in the public service.

"He strongly believed that multi-racial Fiji could only flourish if politicians govern for all ethnic groups, saying:"

KAMIKAMICA ACTUALITY: Provided we can move away from a racial approach to the future, then I think Fiji will be the best place on earth to live.)

" Mr. Kamikamica suffered a stroke two weeks ago, and died yesterday in Suva.

"All of Fiji's political leaders have paid tribute to him.

"Prime Minister Sitivani Rabuka said Mr. Kamikamica spent his life working for Fiji, and his death is a great loss to the nation

"His former party President, Adi Kuini Speed, says he'll be remembered for his humility, and his commitment to multiracialism and justice.

"Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji, Greg Urwin, says Mr. Kamikamica was also highly regarded outside Fiji, particularly in Australia:

URWIN ACTUALITY: Many, many Australians are going to be very deeply saddened by the news of Mr. Kamikamica's death. We knew him as a man of very great integrity, a very kind man who had a great feeling for people and a great love for people. He was a friend to many of us and we are going to miss him very, very sorely.

 

FIJI NATION IN MOURNING

SUVA, Fiji Islands (August 17, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Condolence messages have been flowing in expressing shock and sadness on the death of Fijian Association Party leader Josefata Kamikamica.

Mr. Kamikamica passed away at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning after a short illness.

Prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka has described Mr. Kamikamica's death as an extra ordinary example of a father devoted to his family and a leader committed to the service of his community.

Mr. Rabuka, who is a first cousin of Mr. Kamikamica, says the FAP leader will be a great loss to the nation and all Fiji islanders.

Opposition leader Jai Ram Reddy also paid tribute to Mr. Kamikamica, saying he is saddened by his untimely death.

The Labour leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, who had recently been working closely with the late Mr. Kamikamica on a coalition was shocked by the news.

He described Mr. Kamikamica as a deeply committed and honest person.

The General Electors national secretary, Emelita Wendt Wilson, says Mr. Kamikamica was good and a godly man, a person of outstanding ability, great achievement and experience.

Ms Wilson says Mr. Kamikamica had made many valuable and enduring contributions to Fiji in government, politics, in the church and the community.

A statement from the Kamikamica family says Mr. Kamikamica, as in his nature, continued to fight his illness till the end.

The family says that at the time of his passing he was with those dearest and closed to him.

The late Mr. Kamikamica is survived by his wife, a son and three daughters.

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