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Konrote Defends RFMF

Konrote Defends RFMF
Minister for Employment, Production & Industrial Relations Jioji Konrote.
September 23
09:59 2015

The Minister for Employment, Production & Industrial Relations Jioji Konrote, yesterday defended the Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF).

As a former Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs (now Defence, National Security & Immigration) he said he wanted to inform Parliament of the truth about what happened in 2001.

Criticis had been very selective and biased in their views on the role of the military.

The military, he said, played a vital role in assisting the Police restore law and order and the eventual creation of a favourable socio-political and economic situation, which was conducive for a successful general elections in 2001 and a return to democratic rule.

He said it was the RFMF under the firm, loyal, unwavering and courageous command and leadership of the then Commodore  Bainimarama, Commander RFMF and now PM who, with the overwhelming support of the loyal soldiers and sailors who despite very intimidating and vicious attacks from thugs and their supporters, stood their ground and protected our sovereignty.

Mr Konrote said that he was surprised that many had not appreciated the fact that the RFMF brought Fiji back from the brink of total anarchy and rebellion into sanity and peace.



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