Partner Charged with murder of journalist and women’s rights advocate


Story: Pacific Media

Atasa Moceituba
SUVA (The Fiji Times/Pacific Media Watch): Families, friends, colleagues and officials from NGOs and private sectors farewelled journalist and women’s rights activist Losana McGowan in a colourful way at her Veisari home, outside Lami Town yesterday.

The funeral service was a sea of colours from decoration to attire as McGowan acquaintances shared a laugh or two over good old memories.

Kelera McGowan mourns the death of her daughter Losana McGowan at the Nasinu cemetery yesterday. Image: Atu Rasea/Fiji Times

Her mother, Kelera McGowan, said they had asked those who attended the service to come in bright colours because her daughter loved to dress colourfully.

She said the family was still trying to come to terms and accept the fact that Losana was no more.

“Loggy”, as she was commonly known by her friends, was someone who cared about other people’s wellbeing and was a woman of principle, her mother said.

“The past few days have been really hard for all of us,” McGowan said.

“Even though Bubbly Lo is gone, the times we spent together is something I will cherish forever.”

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali said McGowan was someone who always supported their movement and other NGOs in their fight against gender violence and other issues.

She described her death as a double tragedy, guaranteeing the McGowan family justice.

Notable attendees at McGowan’s funeral were lawyers, journalists and communication specialists among others.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation News reported her partner, Usaia Kilaverata, 28, had appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with murder after her death at their flat in Toorak, Suva, on Easter Saturday.

He is due to appear in the High Court on April 17.

A letter in The Fiji Times on Friday apologised to the McGowan family on behalf of all men and challenged the government and non-government organisations for failing to do enough over domestic violence, saying that existing campaign methods were not working.