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Qiliho takes over Police

Land Force Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, has been appointed Acting Police Commissioner with immediate effect. His appointment follows the advice from the
11 Nov 2015 08:50
Qiliho takes over Police

Land Force Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, has been appointed Acting Police Commissioner with immediate effect.

His appointment follows the advice from the chair of the Constitutional Offices Commission, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, to President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

This is after the Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald had asked for an early release from his contractual appointment with effect from yesterday. He is returning to South Africa.

Colonel Qiliho told the Fiji Sun after his appointment was made known that he was ready for the top Police post.

He said he would be briefed by senior Police officers today and would continue from where the former Commissioner had left.

Colonel Qiliho will be acting for a period of three months or when a substantive appointment is made to the position of the Commissioner.

Meanwhile Mr Groenewald said he was leaving for personal and family reasons.

The President, on behalf of all Fijians, thanked Mr Groenewald for his services as the Commissioner and wished him all the best in his future endeavours.

But later yesterday Mr Groenewald was quoted on both Radio New Zealand International and Radio Australia as being unhappy with some military “interference”.

He did not elaborate. But this apparently refers to the RFMF decision to recruit three Police officers charged with sexually assaulting an escaped prisoner and previous tension over a soldier also charged.

Mr Qiliho had said the Policemen had been “abandoned” by the Police.

“The RFMF cares for the men and women in the security forces and at all times stands by them,” Colonel Qiliho said.

Mr Groenewald, a South African Police veteran,  had said on Monday: “The Fiji Police Force has its own disciplinary proceedings.

“We do not follow procedures prescribed by other forces.”

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