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Beware Of Lies, Soldiers Told

Beware Of Lies, Soldiers Told
Land Force Commander Colonel Manoa Gadai inspecting the parade on August 17, 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua, Suva. Photo: RFMF Media Cell
August 21
10:47 2018

Soldiers have been instructed not to be misguided or influenced by people who spread lies and biased ideas.

The soldiers are members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Land Force Command.

Their new Land Force Commander, Colonel Manoa Gadai, made the call in the wake of political exchanges by politicians  in the lead-up to the 2018 general election.

He was speaking to his troops at his second parade at the Third Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) drill square, Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Nabua, Suva.

He said the people who engaged in spreading lies could incite problems.

“I want you all to be steadfast and be loyal to the institution as I will not tolerate people under my command that will spread rumours and sensitive issues for it will be detrimental to the RFMF,” he said.

He said this had happened in the past and the practice must cease immediately.

“Our constitutional role is to be the custodian of national security and defence and also protect the well-being of Fiji and all Fijians.”

Colonel Gadai was accorded the general salute prior to inspecting all the LFC Units on parade.

He commended the brilliant turnout of the LFC units. He thanked the parade and the individual unit’s effort resulting in the impeccable standard of dress and bearing and the cleanliness of Queen Elizabeth Barracks (QEB).

In his second week as Commander Land Force, Colonel Gadai applauded all the LFC units, the Logistic Support Unit (LSU), the Engineers Unit, Force Training Unit (FTG) and the 3FIR for their different roles and effort in supporting the RFMF.

Speaking from Labasa, he said he was doing a clean-up at all the RFMF camps all over the country to raise the standard.

He said the standard of discipline had dropped and this must be lifted to the level required by the RFMF.

“Discipline starts from how you dress and outside of the barracks, keep the barracks clean all the time and look after the families to name a few.”

He said wherever they went they must display discipline befitting the RFMF.

Colonel Gadai emphasised the need for all persons under his command to have a “pure heart” and “clean hands” because it will enable everyone to perform to the required standard.

He reminded all the LFC units that there were five important points everyone must adhere to.

They included operational roles, security, training, discipline and family.

Colonel Gadai also warned if anyone breached the rules, he or she would be dismissed.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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