The Fiji Labour Party is deeply saddened by the death of its long serving Party President Mrs Jokapeci Koroi, a former trade unionist and Senator.
Mrs Koroi, 79, passed away peacefully at her Tamavua home at 6.45pm last night. Her health had been deteriorating slowly for over a year and she had been in and out of hospital for sometime.
Mrs Koroi, a founding member of the FLP, has been the longest serving President of the Party. She was elected to the position in 1991, taking over from Adi Kuini Bavadra. She was fondly called the Mother of the Party by the rank and file.
Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry said she was a lady of tough resolve and will be remembered for an “exceptionally disciplined and no-nonsense
approach” to issues and Party matters.
Mrs Koroi brought to the Labour Party many years of administrative and negotiating skills acquired fighting for the rights and welfare of nurses, and promoting the development of the Fiji Nurses Association as its General Secretary.
She carried the distinction of being the first local Matron of the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, the highest position in the nursing cadre. She also served on the Board of the Fiji Trades Union Congress for a number of years, focussing on health and women’s issues.
Mrs Koroi was a Vice President of the Party since the FLP’s founding in 1985 until taking over its highest office in the second half of 1991. She was first nominated to the Senate by the Party in 1999 and remained the FLP Party Leader in the Upper House until the military takeover in December 2006. She also served as President and Deputy President of the Senate.
Paying tribute, Mr Chaudhry who was exceptionally close to her said: “She was a lady of firm resolve, staunchily committed to the founding principles of the Party. She remained with the FLP through all its trials and tribulations, keeping the Party together through her commitments to equality and multiracialism.
“She was a pillar of strength and support. She will be sorely missed by one and all in the FLP,” he said.