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Beware of NGOs, warns Tikoitoga

By MAIKA BOLATIKI The Land Force Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, has warned members of the public not to be swayed by statements
17 Apr 2012 10:40

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

The Land Force Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, has warned members of the public not to be swayed by statements published by the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country.
He was reacting to the statement issued by the Fiji Women’s Forum after their meeting last week.
The group wants an immediate return to democratic and civilian leadership and rejects any involvement of the RFMF Land Force Commander in the process of constitution making and electoral reforms. Colonel Tikoitoga reminded the group that the RFMF and the Land Force Commander would not be involved in the new constitution because this was the Government’s work.
However, he said, the military would continue to support the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama-led Government in its work in the formulation of the new constitution. He said the NGOs in the country fight for what their donors wanted or they would lose their financial assistance.
“They are actually airing the views of their donors because they’re aware that if they don’t they’ll lose their money.”
Colonel Tikoitoga said they should make constructive criticisms that would help the new way forward already mapped by the Government.
He said the military had a major role to play and that is to protect all Fijians.
The Prime Minister has clearly set out the timeframe for the formulation of the new constitution and the military give this its full support.
He said when he announced the process of formulating Fiji’s new constitution – “My fellow Fijians, the next 12 months is going to be crucial in determining the future of our beloved country.  We must all be forthcoming, actively contribute to, and participate in this process with the view to ensure a better Fiji for all Fijians.”
Colonel Tikoitoga said the Fiji Women’s Forum must inform its members to be part of the formulation of the new constitution.
They must have Fiji at heart and not listen to their donor’s views about the Government.
“We must put aside any prejudices, any self-interest and political ambitions,” Colonel Tikoitoga said. urged all to be united in the formulation of the new constitution.




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