Kelemedi Bulewa

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Kelemedi
Bulewa
30th Attorney General of Fiji
In office
1992–1996
President Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau
Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka
Preceded by Apaitia Seru
Succeeded by Etuate Tavai
Member of Parliament
for Serua/Rewa West Urban Fijian
In office
1992–1999
Personal details
Born May 16, 1951
Died 2004 (age 52-53)
Citizenship Fijian
Nationality British subject (to 1970)
Political party Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei

Kelemedi Rakuve Bulewa [ke le me ndi mbu le wa] (May 16, 1951 – 2004)[1] was a Fijian lawyer and former politician, who served as Attorney General of Fiji from 1992 to 1996.

Bulewa was known for his strongly pro-ethnic Fijian views and was often associated with the nationalist Taukei movement that was supportive of the 1987 coups.[2]

Bulewa was elected to the House of Representatives in the 1992 election,[3] the first post-coup election, and was appointed Attorney General later that year upon the resignation of Apaitia Seru.

Bulewa disagreed with, and attempted to change, laws dating from colonial times, that repressed the practice of the pre-Christian Fijian religion, saying that while he was not advocating it, he believed that freedom to practice it should be allowed for. Although most Fijians were now Christians, he said, many had only reluctantly abandoned worship of their ancestral gods.[4]

Bulewa was supportive of calls for the dependency of Rotuma to be given self-government.[5]


Legal offices
Preceded by
Apaitia Seru
Attorney General of Fiji
1992—1996
Succeeded by
Etuate Tavai
Political offices
Preceded by
Member of the House of Representatives
1992—1999
Succeeded by

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daurewa, Alisi Waqanika (14 June 2011). "Is there truth in Fijian history?". Vutikalulu. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  2. ^ Lal, Brij V. "In the Eye of the Storm: Jai Ram Reddy and the Politics of Postcolonial Fiji". Google Books. ANU E Press, 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Members of the House of Representatives". House of Representatives Members. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  4. ^ Newson, Leanne; Aldous, Jules. "The Legal Maze: VCE Units 1 & 2". The Legal Maze: VCE Units 1 & 2. Macmillan Education AU, 2005. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  5. ^ Enasio, Henry. "Fiji's new constitution" (PDF). www.rotuma.net. Retrieved 30 October 2015.