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Natuva: No Corruption

The Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva has warned new police officers to stay away from corrupt practices. He told the officers to be trustworthy, honest and
21 Dec 2014 14:19
Natuva: No Corruption

The Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva has warned new police officers to stay away from corrupt practices.

He told the officers to be trustworthy, honest and hardworking while speaking to 154 police recruits in their graduation parade at Nasova, Suva last Friday.

Mr Natuva said officers should not be easily tempted by members of the public.

“Do not allow yourself to be lured into actions that may erode your sense of integrity decency ad trustworthiness,” Mr Natuva said in his speech.

“You need to have a high degree of self-discipline and integrity and not to succumb to the temptation of money or be corrupted by power. Wearing a Police uniform makes you powerful.”

He reminded them that when they discharge their duties that they must never do things recklessly or subject themselves to bad influence.

Becoming a Police officer, he said, was a decision they had made to contribute meaningfully to the development and security of the nation.

He said performance would be monitored and his ministry would ensure that the force was well funded and equipped to make Fiji a safer place for all.

Mr Natuva said one of his priorities was the welfare of members of the force and he would ensure that the implementation of the last job evaluation was paid out.

Meanwhile, among those in the parade was Viliame Kanawale, 22, a former wheelbarrow boy in Suva.

He took to the streets to feed his young family. Turning on a new leaf last Friday brought tears of joy at home and to those close to him.

“I completed Form Seven in Suva Grammar School and soon after my partner got pregnant, I had to provide for her. I went to the streets to become a wheelbarrow boy to support her as it was very hard to find a job,” the 22-year-old Matuku, Lau father of one said.

“I feel like an important person now because when being a wheelbarrow boy people usually look down on you.”

During the passing-out parade he held his wheelbarrow boy identification card close to his chest – a reminder of his success story to prove to others that anything was possible with the right combination of determination, honesty and hard work.

“I will always go back to see them (wheelbarrow boys) because that is where I started. They are proud of me.”

His wife, Ateca, said, “When we married a year ago, people said unkind things to me because he was a wheelbarrow boy.”

The officers will start work in their various units from December 29 as part of the Fiji Police Force festive season operation.

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