Kamisese Mara

(Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara)

Kamisese Mara
Kamisese Mara
  • Born: May 6, 1920
  • Died: April 18, 2004
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Statesman

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Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, CF, GCMG, KBE is considered the founding father of the modern nation of Fiji. He was Chief Minister from 1967 to 1970, when Fiji gained its independence from the United Kingdom, and, apart from one brief interruption in 1987, the first Prime Minister from 1970 to 1992. He subsequently served as president from 1993 to 2000.

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Above all there is our fixed joint determination to build a strong and united Fiji, rich in diversity and pampered with tolerance, goodwill and understanding. Minorities & Women
At that stage my heart ruled my head Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
In a multi-racial society, trust, understanding and tolerance are the cornerstones of peace and order States. Nations & Nationhood
What I observe are the proud descendants of some of the most remarkable explorers and settlers who ever lived. We carry the cultural and historical inheritance of ocean navigators of peerless skill and their courageous kin who crossed vast distances before the tribes of Europe had ventured forth from their small part of the earth. Our forebearers populated islands scattered over the world's greatest stretch of water, covering a fifth of the planet's surface. It was one of the most amazing migrations in history, a triumphant testimony to human endurance, fortitude and achievement. Immigration & Emigration
And I said, yes, if you think that I avoid bloodshed by standing aside, then I will stand aside.
Even institutions of State, such as the judiciary, were seriously weakened, to the extent that the citizenry justifiably feared a breakdown in law and order. The business community was hit by a slump in sales and confidence, leading to reduced earnings and loss of jobs. Business, Commerce & Finance
Fiji had experienced the ordeal of two military coups.
He said there is 80 of us, ready to come down and the next thing I knew is that Jo Brown dashed in and said your family has already moved and you have to move, the boat is ready to take you out. I didn't have time to ask, even ask a question. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
How could I stand by and watch my house on fire?
I have been sustained by cane field, the cane plantation I have.
I have never been bribed as a Prime Minister.
I received my money from the treasury, I used to very early to go the clubs, but when the burden of looking after my children came upon me I tried to live a quite life, and save as much as I could. Life ;Money, Coins & Minting
I suspect the psychological pressure associated with that crisis caused the first mental blackout I had ever suffered. It contributed to a deterioration in my health that later required the insertion of a heart pacemaker. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I thought they know that I was the Commander in Chief, not that I know that I am the Commander in Chief, and they should behave; know how to behave to the Commander in Chief.
I was the deputy Chairman of the Democratic Union of the Pacific, and we started at 8 I think and I was called to the telephone and to be told there's a coup, the government has been overthrown - it was round about 9, 10 when the Parliament sat they had done then. Government
If the constitution goes, I go.
In a multi-racial society, trust, understanding and tolerance are the cornerstones of peace and order. Society ;Trust ;War & Peace
It is from the traditional family that we absorb those universal ideals and principles which are the teaching of Jesus, the bedrock of our religious faith. We are taught the difference between right and wrong, and about the law, just punishment and discipline. Religion & God ;Families, Children & Parenting
It is with obedience to your call that I take up the burden of government leadership for the final time. Time ;Leaders & Leadership ;Government
The family teaches us about the importance of knowledge, education, hard work and effort. It teaches us about enjoying ourselves, having fun, keeping fit and healthy. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Families, Children & Parenting
The first money I have been offered was as District Officer Ba. Money, Coins & Minting
Whom am I going to trust if I have to back again. Trust

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