As the country heads into an important week to celebrate the achievements and contribution of one of Fiji’s greatest statesmen, Ratu Sir Josefa Lalabalavu Vanayaliyali Sukuna, the iTaukei Affairs Ministry says we are reminded of the words of the late Chief of Naisogolaca Ratu Sir Etuate Cakobau in 1995; where he said that if we want to remember the life of Ratu Sukuna, he was a man that brought together all different races in unity.
According to the iTaukei Affairs Ministry, it has been 65 years since the death of Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, and he has done his responsibility by lifting the iTaukei people and chiefs into leadership roles.
The Ministry says through Ratu Sukuna’s visionary leadership, iTaukei leaders were educated, so they can take over the leadership when elders pass on.
It says the fruition of his work and achievements has also laid the foundation for moving the iTaukei community from where they were before independence to what can be seen now.
After more than a decade, Fiji will again celebrate the legacy of Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna.
The celebration will kick start immediately after the opening of the Great Council of Chiefs meeting on Bau Island on Wednesday.
The Ratu Sukuna Week celebration will be a 6-day event, starting from Wednesday.
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