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For­mer Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces of­fi­cer, Colonel Pio Iowane Wong will be laid to rest next Tues­day at his Vatuo­lalai Vil­lage in Nadroga. Colonel Wong passed away last Satur­day in New Zealand. He was de­scribed by col­league and for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Si­tiveni Rabuka as a hard work­ing of­fi­cer. The late Colonel Wong was also an ex­cep­tional rugby player. “He was a very good rugby player and he was in my (RFMF) team which toured Hong Kong and New Zealand. Pio was a good of­fi­cer and a good mem­ber of the com­mu­nity,” Mr Rabuka said. After the mil­i­tary, Colonel Wong stamped his mark in the po­lit­i­cal arena. He stood for the So­qosoqo ni Dua­vata ni Leweni­vanua (SDL) Party in 2001. He won the Serua/Navosa Open Con­stituency seat. In 2004 he was ap­pointed Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Govern­ment, Hous­ing, Squat­ter Set­tle­ment, and En­vi­ron­ment. The will take place next Mon­day at Vatuo­lalai. A re­quiem mass will take place at the St Peter Chanel Church in Korolevu at 10am on Tues­day.

Rosi Doviverata Edited by Maraia Vula

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