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Military Kept Promise: Chief

The military yesterday made a traditional presentation to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as a show of support and gratitude. The presentation in Suva included the offering of tabua (whalestooth), yaqona 
29 Oct 2014 13:41
Military Kept Promise: Chief
From left: Chief of Staff Operations Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, Land Force Commander Colonel Jone Kalouniwai, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, RFMF Commander Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga and RFMF Chief of Staff Brigadier-General Mohammed Aziz during the presentation of the military’s traditional support to Mr Bainimarama at the Military Commander’s residence in Suva yesterday afternoon. Photo: Aqela Susu

The military yesterday made a traditional presentation to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as a show of support and gratitude.
The presentation in Suva included the offering of tabua (whalestooth), yaqona  (i-sevusevu) and a live pig and dalo (magiti).

Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoiga said the ceremony was to traditionally offer their support to the PM and the Government after their win in the general election.

He said the RFMF had promised to support whichever party won the election and formed the new Government.
He said they kept their promise.

Brigadier- General Tikoitoga said: “Today (yesterday), I personally went to the Prime Minister’s office to go and pay my courtesy call as the Commander to the new Prime Minister.”

He said after that he called on his senior officers to make the traditional presentation.
He said they also thanked the PM for the 15 years of his leadership of the RFMF. In the last eight years they had worked extremely hard together to ensure that all Fijians lived in harmony.

“As RFMF members we are obligated to show our support to the government of the day and that we will work with the government in all its development programme,” he said.

“We will subject ourselves to the direction of government in ensuring that our Constitutional obligation is carried out and also our institutional obligation of supporting the government in all its defence, law and order and development programmes.”
RFMF officers from all over Fiji and all the naval bases were at Nasonini to show their support and appreciation to the PM.

Mr Bainimarama said the presentation renewed his ties with the RFMF. He thanked the senior officers and those in the other ranks for their visit.
The ceremony was performed at the Commander’s residence at Nasonini, Muanikau, Nasese, on the request of the PM.

Feedback:  aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj



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