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Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. Amina Koya, the wife of the late and former National Federation Party leader, Siddiq Moidin Koya, died on Sunday night at her home in Lautoka.
Mrs Koya was a pillar of strength for her husband who was commonly known as S M Koya during his tenure as NFP and Fiji’s second Opposition Leader.
During the Denning Award Arbitration hearing in 1969 to secure a fair deal for sugarcane growers, Mrs Koya was present alongside her husband and the then NFP leader, A D Patel.
Her interest, care and concern for the well-being of ordinary Fiji citizens and farmers were paramount at all times.
Mrs Koya supported her husband’s efforts in building a peaceful, stable and progressive Fiji.
Although her role in national politics was minimal, she was forever supportive of Mr Koya’s endeavour as NFP leader.
This included the negotiation for Fiji’s Independence and the 1970 Constitution after the death of Mr Patel in October 1969.
The smooth transition of Fiji from a British Colony to an independent nation in October 1970 was possible because of Mr Koya’s vision of national interest taking paramountcy over personal interests.
He recommended to the then Chief Minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, that he (Ratu Mara) become Fiji’s first Prime Minister and that he (S M Koya) become Opposition Leader of the new independent Fiji to herald Fiji into nationhood.
Mrs Koya is survived by her three children; daughter Shenaaz and sons, Faiyaz and Faizal.
Amina Koya has a permanent place in the NFP’s historical struggles of dignity and justice of ordinary people.