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Tikoitoga: Right man, right words

MAIKA BOLATIKI Managing Editor/News We congratulate the new Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga. Yesterday, he made a commitment to defend the Constitution as the
06 Mar 2014 12:07

MAIKA BOLATIKI
Managing Editor/News

We congratulate the new Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga.
Yesterday, he made a commitment to defend the Constitution as the country prepares for our first truly democratic election.
Such assurance gives the people of Fiji faith and confidence in the future. People want peace and stability to continue and they would have been heartened by Brigadier-General Tikoitoga’s commitment about the Constitution.
The Constitution, the supreme document of the land, carries the hope and aspirations of the new Fiji based on the values of
– common and equal citizenry and national unity.
– respect for human rights, freedom and the rule of law.
– an independent, impartial, competent and accessible system of justice.
– equality for all and care for the less fortunate based on the values inherent in Chapter 1, Section 1 and in the Bill of Rights contained in Chapter 2.
– human dignity, respect for the individual, personal integrity and responsibility, civil involvement and mutual support.
– good governance, including the limitation and separation of powers.
– transparency and accountability.
– a prudent, efficient and sustainable relationship with nature.
Brigadier-General Tikoitoga deserved his appointment because of his qualifications, wide experience and loyalty to the military. At the toughest of times, he has been there defending the vision of the Government and the direction it is taking to build the new Fiji.
Former Commander and Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama handed over the reins to the best man for the job. There is no doubt that Brigadier-General Tikoitoga will continue to build on the excellent job he has been doing in the military and the legacy left behind by his predecessor.
On his own admission, he has big shoes to fill. Everyone at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua knows that Commodore Bainimarama is a hard act to follow. During his tenure as Commander, the RFMF has grown to seven battalions – it’s the biggest it’s ever been. They are well trained and consummate professionals in both military and civilian life. Their examplary international peace-keeping records and extraordinary performance in rural developments in Fiji speak volumes about their service to this country.
Brigadier-General Tikoitoga is set to keep the tradition alive.




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