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Driti Says Sorry, PM Accepts Matanigasau

Driti Says Sorry, PM  Accepts Matanigasau
Former Lieutenant-Colonel Pita Driti
February 13
10:00 2018

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama accepted  a traditional apology (matanigasau) by former Lieutenant-Colonel Pita Driti last Friday at his residence in Muanikau, Nasese.

According to a reliable source the presentation was made in the presence of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) senior officers.

RFMF chief of staff Brigadier-General Ratu Jone Kalouniwai yesterday confirmed their presence.

“All RFMF senior officers were there including the Defence Committee chairman Retired Captain (Navy) Timoci Natuva, Brig Gen (Retired) Apakuki Kurusiga, the Commissioner of Police Brig Gen Sitiveni Qiliho, RFMF Chaplain Reverend Major Ilaitia Tuwere and Assistant Superintendent Fiji Corrections Rev Joseva Tikonatabua,” Brig-Gen Kalouniwai said.

Brig-Gen Kalouniwai said Mr Driti personally made the presentation to the Prime Minister.

The Fiji Sun visited Mr Driti’s residence in Wailoku to get a comment from him, but a lady relayed Mr Driti’s message through the window that he would not be commenting.

The Fiji Sun has been reliably informed that Mr Driti was working at the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) gallery in Korovou.

In November 2013 High Court Judge Paul Madigan found Mr Driti guilty of mutiny.

In his judgement he said: “It is a matter of surprise and sadness that at your age and with your illustrious career behind you that you should come to be involved in this seditious undertaking”.

He described the plot as “treasonous and mutinous”.

Mr Driti was sentenced to five years jail, with a four-year non-parole period. He was the Fiji military’s land force commander when the then Commodore Bainimarama changed government leadership and direction in 2006.

Edited by Percy Kean


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