21 Oct 2020

Fiji's Ro Epeli Vakacaracara Mataitini dies

1:42 pm on 21 October 2020

Fijian high chief Ro Epeli Vakacaracara Mataitini has died aged 85.

Ro Epeli Mataitini.

Ro Epeli Mataitini. Photo: Supplied

The Vunivalu of Rewa passed away on Sunday, his family said.

His son, Ro Alipate Mataitini, said traditional notifications and representations had been made Fiji-wide and abroad to those with family and traditional links to the chiefly household.

Ro Alipate said public condolence gatherings in Rewa were open from today.

Ro Epeli was a member of the iTaukei Affairs Board, the iTaukei Land Trust and the Rewa Provincial Development Holdings Limited.

He was a former Senator and a member of the Native Lands Appeals Tribunal.

Ro Epeli will be laid at to rest in Lomanikoro, Rewa, on Friday.

He is survived by seven children, 33 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.