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His Excellency The Right Honourable
Ratu Sir Kamisese Kapaiwai Tuimacilai Mara
2nd President of Fiji
In office
18 January 1994 â€“ 29 May 2000
Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka
Mahendra Chaudhry
Ratu Tevita Momoedonu
Preceded by Himself
As Acting President
Succeeded by Frank Bainimarama
Head of the Interim Military Government
Acting President of Fiji
In office
16 December 1993 â€“ 18 January 1994
Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka
Preceded by Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau
Succeeded by Himself
As substantive President
2nd First Vice-President of Fiji
In office
2 June 1992 â€“ 15 December 1995
Serving with Ratu Sir Josaia Tavaiqia
Second Vice-President of Fiji
President Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau
Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka
Preceded by Ratu Sir Josaia Tavaiqia
Succeeded by Ratu Sir Josaia Tavaiqia
Prime Minister of Fiji
second time
In office
5 December 1987 â€“ 2 June 1992
President Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau
Preceded by Vacant
Succeeded by Sitiveni Rabuka
4th Leader of the Opposition (Fiji)
In office
13 April 1987 â€“ 14 May 1987
Governor General Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau
Preceded by Harish Sharma
Succeeded by Vacant
1st Prime Minister of Fiji
In office
10 October 1970 â€“ 13 April 1987
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Sir Robert Sidney Foster
Ratu Sir George Cakobau
Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau
Preceded by Himself
As Chief Minister
Succeeded by Timoci Bavadra
1st Chief Minister of Fiji
In office
20 September 1967 â€“ 10 October 1970
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Sir Derek Jakeway
Sir Robert Sidney Foster
Preceded by None (new office)
Succeeded by Himself
As Prime Minister
Personal details
Born 6 May 1920
Lomaloma, Vanua Balavu, Fiji
Died 18 April 2004(2004-04-18) (aged 83)
Suva, Fiji
Resting place Tubou, Lakeba, Fiji
Citizenship Fijian
Nationality British subject
To 1970
Political party Alliance Party
Spouse(s) Ro Lady Lala Mara (nee Tuisawau)
9 September 1950 – 18 April 2004 (his death)
Relations Adi Koila Nailatikau (daughter)
Ratu Finau Mara (son)
Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara (son)
Children 5 daughters, 3 sons
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford
Profession Economist

If the constitution goes, I go.
It is with obedience to your call that I take up the burden of government leadership for the final time.
Kamisese Mara
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.
Kamisese Mara
I have been sustained by cane field, the cane plantation I have.
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.
Kamisese Mara
The first money I have been offered was as District Officer Ba.
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.
Kamisese Mara
I have never been bribed as a Prime Minister.
And I said, yes, if you think that I avoid bloodshed by standing aside, then I will stand aside.
Kamisese Mara
How could I stand by and watch my house on fire?
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.
Kamisese Mara
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.
Kamisese Mara
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.
Kamisese Mara
Whom am I going to trust if I have to back again.
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.
Kamisese Mara
In a multi-racial society, trust, understanding and tolerance are the cornerstones of peace and order.
Kamisese Mara
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.
Kamisese Mara
Fiji had experienced the ordeal of two military coups.