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New homes for families of soldiers killed by rebels

December 24, 2016 4:10 am

The families of two soldiers who were killed during a gun fight with rebels in November 2000 have their own homes thanks to the Fiji military.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama handed over the keys to the family of Lance Corporal Simione Rawaleba and Private Temo Veilewa today.

Bainimarama who was the military commander when the 2000 coup and the consequent mutiny took place, says Fiji owes a debt of gratitude to the men who died defending Fiji.

“We are indebted to them for their bravery and the memories we have of them will stay with us forever. On behalf of a proud nation, I again salute each of them for their courage, loyalty and their sacrifice for Fiji.”

The families of another two soldiers and two policemen who also died in 2000 will have their homes ready in June next year.

The homes are situated in Wainibuku Subdivision in Nakasio Nausori.