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Leave Military Alone, Replies Commander

Leave Military Alone, Replies Commander
From left: Fijian warrior Lai Vatadroka, tourists Jeff Butler, Aida Butler and Fijian warrior Jope Kalounikaikesu at Orchid Island on October 22, 2017.
September 06
08:42 2014

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga has urge all political parties to leave the military alone and it must not be part of their campaign.

He said the role of the RFMF is clearly stipulated in Section 131 (2) of the Constitution and it says – “It shall be the overall responsibility of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to ensure at all times the security, defence and well-being of Fiji and all Fijians.”

“That is our role and the other one is to protect the Constitution.”

The Commander reminded all Fijians that what the RFMF did in 2006 was for the security of the nation and said they were committed to the new roadmap put in place by the then  President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, for Fiji to return to a truly democratic country after the 2014 general elections.

“We’re now having pre polling and on Septemer 17, we will have general elections.”

He said it would be better for political parties to talk about issues that would be good for the people.

The Commander was reacting to the Social Democratic Liberal Party campaign at Lomanikoro, Rewa on Thursday.

Former Supervisor of Elections and Social Democratic Liberal Party candidate Semesa Karavaki on Thursday night told party supporters that the military had not been playing its designated role to protect the generation of the iTaukei.

Mr Karavaki made this statement during the party’s campaign meeting at Lomanikoro, Rewa in the presence of party leader and Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa.

“He said the role of the military was to protect the land.

“Its role is to protect the land and what has happened is that they have divided the land.

“The time the Great Council of Chiefs was removed in 2006 when the military had taken over the country felt that it was hard because the military that was supposed to have been protecting the land has gone against the plans made by God.”

“They had the highest power and I want you all to pray for the military to know that God is looking at and observing what is happening,” he said.

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