Rabuka tes­ti­fies to the power of be­lief

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S ODELPA leader and a for­mer Prime Min­is­ter, Si­tiveni Rabuka, says he is cer­tain that the water sourced from Natadra­dave con­tains heal­ing prop­er­ties. This is af­ter he ap­plied the water on a skin in­fec­tion and vis­ited the heal­ing water site with his wife, Su­lueti, on Mon­day. Pic­tures of Mr Rabuka, stripped to his waist, and wait­ing in line for his turn to bathe, were cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia.

He is the first known top po­lit­i­cal party leader to visit the site in Dawasamu, Tailevu. He joins thou­sands from here and abroad who have vis­ited the site. Last week­end Mr Rabuka said he had poured what is now com­monly called “mir­a­cle water” on a skin in­fec­tion. He said he wit­nessed how the sore opened up and later healed. “That’s why I de­cided to go there on Mon­day,” Mr Rabuka said. “Per­son­ally I felt a big change in my body. I saw women be­ing car­ried up, but were walk­ing back.

“There will be skep­tics, but you have to be­lieve in it. If you don’t than it won’t work for you.”

While there is no sci­en­tific ev­i­dence as to what types of min­er­als are in the Natadra­dave water, Mr Rabuka is pos­i­tive that it con­tains a mix­ture of pure min­er­als.

It is un­der­stood that there are plans to ac­ti­vate the QVS Old Boys net­work to help out in Natadrave. It is one of the two heal­ing water sites. The sec­ond site is De­lakado Vil­lage. The Lau­toka and Suva branches will visit the vil­lage dur­ing the Diwali long week­end to cut grass in the vil­lage and plant cas­sava. This is be­cause most of the Natadra­dave men are tied up with help­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic who are flock­ing to the water site. They spend more time there than at­tend­ing to their daily chores like farm­ing and clean­ing the vil­lage.

The heal­ing water is free. There is no fi­nan­cial re­turn for the vil­lagers. But some peo­ple have do­nated food to the vil­lagers.

For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Si­tiveni Rabuka stands shirt­less, wait­ing in line to use the so-called ‘heal­ing wa­ters’ of Natadra­dave, Tailevu.

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