Ratu Savenaca Draunidalo was the Minister for Public Enterprise in Qarase's Government.
Police confirmed the incident occurred at about 2pm at the Naroi Waters, Moala in Lau.Draunidalo
left Suva for his
village in Moala on Tuesday, together with his
wife and two daughters to celebrate his
younger daughter's (Bulou Gavidi Draunidalo) 21st birthday.
They were due to return on Christmas day.
A close family member who wished to remain anonymous confirmed to Fijilive
had gone out on a fishing trip with two other relatives yesterday.
They met rough seas in waters near Vadra village where their boat capsized.
The family member said he
disappeared and was not found until around 4pm floating near a reef not too far from where they capsized.
...Draunidalo holds the title of Tui Moala.Fijilive
understands village kinsmen are now gathering at Naroi village as the senior military colonel is expected to be buried this afternoon.
Another family gathering is expected to be held today at Draunidalo's younger brother's (Ratu Irivi Draunidalo) residence to discuss a memorial service scheduled to be held in Suva.Draunidalo was a former colonel in the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and a former Chief of Staff of the 3FIR.He joined the civil service as a Deputy Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs, became the Commissioner Eastern and was appointed Minister for Public Works, Public Enterprise, Transport and Shipping; and the latter Minister for Public Enterprise.