Fijians Off To Sudan For Service
The nine police officers that leaving for a tour-of-duty under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) were yesterday reminded to maintain its reputation.
This was after the officers presented their i-tatau to the Acting Commissioner of Police Isikeli Vuniwaqa yesterday.
“It has been noted that the Fijian way of life has been a contributing factor to peace in the most volatile situations. We must continue to serve with the highest level of professionalism,” ACP Vuniwaqa said.
“Those who have served under UNMISS before you have left a legacy and you must maintain and commit in the true spirit of Fijian peacekeeping and fly both the Fijian and Fiji Police flags with pride.”
He also reminded the officers to ensure that the welfare of their families were well looked after while they were away.
“Don’t forget your families and if they are not right here, then you will not do right there.
“In the next few days before you part, sit down and discuss issues with them and tell them if there is anything then give them our number and don’t hesitate to call us for assistance,” he said.
“Go as a contingent and remain as a unit in as far as the FPF is concerned and remain loyal to your force.”
The nine-member contingent comprises of officers from the northern, western and central division. They will be departing on Saturday.
The head of contingent Inspector (IP) Viliame Soko said he was honoured to be chosen to lead another batch of officers and continue Fiji’s proud tradition of serving in overseas missions.
There are 61 Police officers serving in five mission areas overseas.
UNMISS: Brief facts
– United Nations Mission in South Sudan personnel: 11433 total uniformed personnel, 10251 troops, 164 military liaison officers, 1018 police (including Formed Police Units), 834 international civilian personnel, 1372 local civilian staff, 411 United Nations Volunteers.
– 128 countries contributed military and police personnel.
– The UN does not have its own military force; it depends on contributions from member states.
– In addition to maintaining peace and security, peacekeepers are increasingly charged with assisting in political processes; reforming judicial systems; training law enforcement and police forces; reintegrating former combatants.
– Fiji’s contingent leader is Inspector Viliame Soko.
The nine officers:
– Jone Banuve
– Laisenia Fifita
– Kiniviliame Naika
– Taione Momo
– Mahesh Chand
– Rakesh Kumar
– Subash Mudaliar
– Lasaro Qauqau
– Viliame Soko