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Tikoitoga Backs New Government

Tikoitoga Backs New Government
Mount St Mary’s School in Martintar, Nadi. Photo: Fiji National Sports Commission
September 24
09:46 2014

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces RFMF) is ready to subject itself to Government’s directives and policies.

This was the message relayed by the RFMF Commander, Brigadier -General Mosese Tikoitoga to the newly-elected Government at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Suva yesterday.

“The RFMF is prepared to carry out all the requirements of the government that are required of us in the next four years,” he said.

He said now that a new parliamentary government had been elected by the people, he was sure they would work extremely hard.

He said they had their trust in the new government and said: “The RFMF again stands by its words at the beginning of this year when I took over that we will support whatever government that will come into power.”

He said they did not participate in the security, law and order undertaking prior to the elections, as there were perceptions that they would intimidate the voters.

“We applaud the Fiji Police Force for having worked extremely hard with such numbers of polling stations and at the same time maintained the country’s law and order over the period of pre- election and more importantly during the election and have kept the atmosphere of the election peaceful.”

He said the RFMF appreciated the hard work that the Police had put in place.

The RFMF would revert to its original role of the defence of Fiji and other RFMF obligations under the Constitution.

He said the RFMF had an institutional obligation to follow the directions of the government and they would continue to provide manpower for the government’s development initiatives as required.

“We will support the government’s foreign affairs policy and continuously work for the UN in peacekeeping missions and other missions that may be required for the RFMF to participate in.

“We also support law and order, the security of the country and more importantly the development of all Fijians in Fiji.”

Commenting on providing security for the Prime Minister and other Cabinet ministers he said that they had been doing that for the last eight years.

“We have in the last eight years provided security for all the ministers.

“That had worked well,” he said.

He said they were ready and he was sure the government in the next few days would tell them whether they wanted to continue the services they had been providing for them or not.

However, he was sure the Prime Minister himself would want to keep the military security and they were very keen to continue to provide that if it was required.

Former senior officers now joining politics were successful as shown by the results of the elections.




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