The family of Ratu David-George Leonard Toganivalu, Acting Director of Public Prosecution and Acting Commissioner of the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC), have confirmed details of his ‘reguregu’ and funeral.
In a statement released today, Toganivalu’s family announced his passing at the age of 49 at his Taro residence in Bau, Tailevu yesterday, Monday, October 2.
They have scheduled a traditional Fijian mourning ritual, known as reguregu, at their family home on October 5-6. The funeral service is scheduled for October 7, 2023, at 10 a.m. at Taro Methodist Church.
Born on December 27, 1973, in Suva and throughout his life, Ratu David-George, known affectionately as Ratu by many “touched the hearts of many with his warm smile, unwavering kindness, and commitment to making the world a better place.”
“He was also known for his active involvement in his community. He truly exemplified the spirit of giving back and making a positive impact on the lives of others.”
As a Lawyer by profession, Ratu David-George served as Fiji’s Deputy Director of Public Prosecution in the early 2000s and started his private law firm in 2012, and later served as Director of Public Prosecution in the Republic of Nauru from 2014 to 2017. He returned to Fiji to continue his law practice and was recently appointed as the Acting Director of Public Prosecution and Acting Commissioner of FICAC.
He is survived by his wife, Losalini Leweniqila Toganivalu, and their five children: Maraia-Esther, David-Edward, Viliame, Josua, and Liliwaimanu; his mother, Adi Asilina Davila Toganivalu, and three sisters, Angela, Tuipolotu, and Diana.
During this challenging time, the family respectfully requests privacy as they navigate their grief and celebrate Ratu’s life. They also expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the outpouring of support from friends, colleagues, and well-wishers.
Toganivalu had been overseeing a high-profile case against former Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and former Commissioner of Police Sitiveni Qiliho, with final submissions due tomorrow.
He assumed the role of Acting DPP following the government’s suspension of Christopher Pryde in April this year and had only started in the Acting FICAC commissioner’s role last Monday.