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Grand farewell

Military prepares fitting thank you for the PM By MAIKA BOLATIKI The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) is preparing for a grand farewell for their Commander, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
19 Feb 2014 09:20

Military prepares fitting thank you for the PM

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama is surrounded by students of Draiba Primary School in Suva after he openend their new classroom block yesterday.  Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama is surrounded by students of Draiba Primary School in Suva after he openend their new classroom block yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) is preparing for a grand farewell for their Commander, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
A committee, led by the military chief operations officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Amani Suliano, met again yesterday to discuss the programme.
“We’re still finalising the progamme, but I can assure you that it will be a grand farewell,” Lieutenant-Colonel Suliano said.
Commodore Bainimarama will be stepping down as Commander on February 28 as he prepares for his political career.
Under the new Constitution, it is required that he resigns as Commander to give way for his political career.
Lieutenant-Colonel Suliano said details of the farewell would be released soon.
The Commander had already been farewelled in the Western and the Northern divisions.
But in this farewell they would thank the Commander for his leadership of the military in the last 15 years. He has givent 39 years of service in the RFMF.

New Commander
On the day of the farewell, Lieutenant-Colonel Suliano said they would also welcome the new Commander in a traditional welcome ceremony.
He said they were all looking forward to the naming of the new Commander.
The new Constitution has clearly stipulated the role of the RFMF and its Commander.
Section 31 (2) specifies the role of the RFMF and it says – “It shall be the overall responsibility of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to ensure at all times the security, defence and well-being of Fiji and all Fijians.


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