The Fiji Labour Party expresses deep regret at the death of Mr. Savenaca Siwatibau, Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji.
“He was one of Fiji’s ablest sons. We know he was fighting for his life for sometime but his death at this critical stage in Fiji’s history comes as a great loss,” Labour Parliamentary Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry said.
“The FLP has always held Mr. Siwatibau in the highest regard because of his level-headedness, his ability to remain cool in times of crisis and his deep commitment to the nation and the South Pacific region.
“Despite his gentle demeanour, Mr. Siwatibau was never afraid to speak out on national issues. It is indeed sad that Fiji has lost one of its calm voices of reason, caution and advice,” Mr. Chaudhry said.
The Labour Leader said apart from his advisory and father-figure role in the nation, Mr. Siwatibau will always be remembered for the competent manner in which he rescued and stabilised the shattered Fiji economy as Governor of the Reserve Bank in the wake of the 1987 coups.
The Fiji Labour Party sends its deepest condolences to Mrs Suliana Siwatibau and her children at this time of sorrow.