Pres­i­den­tial Visit:

Kon­rote Helps Widow, 60, Grand­daugh­ters

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Asigh of re­lief was seen on 60-year-old Mere­ani Mara­manairamo’s face af­ter be­ing vis­ited by the Pres­i­dent Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote. Ms Mara­manairamo, from Navi­ago Vil­lage in Lautoka, was thank­ful to the Pres­i­dent for tak­ing the time to visit her and her two grand­daugh­ters. “I am thank­ful to the Pres­i­dent that he has paid a visit to my fam­ily home where I shared my strug­gles with him while sit­ting on the wooden floor of my house,” said. Ms Mara­manairamo has been look­ing af­ter her two grand­daugh­ters, Tokasa Nakesa Marama, 12, and Mareta Dabea, 11, for six years af­ter their fa­ther, Nel­son Malipo was mur­dered in 2010.

“The two girls lost their fa­ther when they were still very small and their mother aban­doned them out­side the Lautoka City Coun­cil De­pot in Waiyavi. “I lost my hus­band, Peni Tau­cake, an army cor­po­ral last year and life be­came very dif­fi­cult,” she said. Mr Kon­rote said he learnt of the woman’s plight through a news re­port and de­cided to visit them in Lautoka. He urged the two girls to work hard in school and they promised to do their very best to have a bet­ter fu­ture. Mr Kon­rote said he had ar­ranged with the Re­pub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces (RFMF) en­gi­neers based in Lautoka to build a proper bath­room and toi­let and carry out nec­es­sary re­pairs to their home. “The army en­gi­neers will help with the con­struc­tion of the house and new uni­forms, school sta­tionery and shoes would be pro­vided for the girls,” he said. “I have also taken Mere­ani’s hus­band’s reg­i­men­tal num­ber and will or­gan­ise her to be in­cluded in the army’s af­ter care fund.” The fam­ily also re­ceived a bas­ket of gro­ceries with ba­sic food items in it. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

I am thank­ful to the Pres­i­dent that he has paid a visit to my fam­ily home where I shared my strug­gles with him while sit­ting on the wooden floor of my house. Mere­ani Mara­manairamo 60-year-old widow of Lautoka

Photo: Kathrin Kr­ishna

Pres­i­dent Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote (left), Tokasa Nakesa Marama, 12, Mareta Dabea, 11, Mere­ani Mara­manairamo, 60, with Govern­ment of­fi­cials in Navi­ago, Lautoka yes­ter­day.

Photo: Kathrin Kr­ishna

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