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Constitution will define neutrality: Tikoitoga By MAIKA BOLATIKI The country’s new constitution will clearly define the role of the Republic of the Fiji Ministry Forces (RFMF). This was confirmed by
08 May 2012 09:24

Constitution will define neutrality: Tikoitoga

Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

The country’s new constitution will clearly define the role of the Republic of the Fiji Ministry Forces (RFMF).
This was confirmed by the RFMF Land Force Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga in an interview.
He said there had been allegations of the future involvement of the RFMF in politics but these were unfounded.
Colonel Tikoitoga assured the nation that the RFMF was apolitical and will remain as that.
“The new constitution will spell out clearly the role of the RFMF,” he said.
In an earlier interview, he said, the RFMF intervened in the political leadership of the nation in 2006 for good reasons.
Colonel Tikoitoga said this was because of corruption and the RFMF was obliged to clean-up the dirty politics that had misled the people of this beloved country.
He said the military takeover in 2006 was specifically for a clean-up campaign.

  • “The rot set in around 2000, and the military acted only after they had endured a deteriorating situation over a long time, putting up with scams, corruption and bribery.”

Colonel Tikoitoga also said the military was not happy with what it viewed to be politics of favouritism that promoted corruption and abuse of office.
He emphasised the RFMF role as it currently oversees the security of the people and the nation.

  • “The military has a major role to play and that is to protect all Fijians.”

He said the military has given its full support to the timeframe set out for the formulation of the new constitution, by the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.




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