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RFMF Stable, In Good Hands, Says Tikoitoga

Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga has assured that the Republic of Fiji Military Forces is in good hands under Acting Commander, Commodore Viliame Naupoto. Yesterday, the former Commander spoke for the first
04 Aug 2015 10:59
RFMF Stable, In Good Hands, Says Tikoitoga
Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga yesterday. Photo: Rosi Doviverata

Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga has assured that the Republic of Fiji Military Forces is in good hands under Acting Commander, Commodore Viliame Naupoto.

Yesterday, the former Commander spoke for the first time after his resignation on Friday.

“Commodore Naupoto is a very capable officer and is a very senior officer in the RFMF. Over the last few months, we’ve worked together and I know that he can take over the reins very quickly and lead the RFMF into new heights,” he said.

“Also the support of the other senior officers who I’ve spoken to on Friday is very intact. The support will maintain the standard, the customs and traditions of RFMF and also raising it to new heights. For that I’m very grateful, I’m very clear in my conscience as I leave the RFMF, there are more capable people that can pick up the job and maintain the integrity of the institution.”

Brigadier-General Tikoitoga resigned last Friday “effective immediately.”

During a press conference at the RFMF headquarters at Berkeley Crescent in Suva yesterday, he said: “It’s also easier for me to leave because of the capability in the RFMF. There are a lot of good people around, very capable people and I’m sure they can do a better job than I and I’m happy to leave the RFMF in good hands, that’s made it easier for me to choose the path that I’ve chosen.”

Despite the restructure within the RFMF, Brigadier-General Tikoitoga was certain of the loyalty of officers and other rank and file.

“The men are used to changing commands within their new units or the overseas missions they go to. They adapt and adjust to new leadership and there are no security concerns for Fiji at all.

“I think we are more secure now with the new acting commander and the new crop of officers that are currently holding the RFMF together. There is no reason for any concern. If anything, you’re in better hands now than you were in before.”

Brigadier-General Tikoitoga will begin his induction training at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs next Monday as he prepares his new diplomatic posting.

He is likely to be posted as Fiji High Commissioner to South Africa in Pretoria, replacing incumbent Ben Salacakau.

He said he finally made the decision to resign after several consultations with his family and the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama.

 

Personal ambition

“In the last few months I’ve been contemplating going on a diplomatic posting. There’s always been a personal ambition of mine that I can be considered for a diplomatic post. An opportunity arose, there’re some embassies changing this year. After some consultation with my family, I applied for the post.”

Brigadier-General Tikoitoga has served in the RFMF for 33 years and 8 months.

 

Rumours dismissed

On rumours about Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, he said: “Unfortunately, Fiji now thrives on rumours, something I’m sure the ladies and gentlemen of the media do not get involved in. But we cannot control what goes in social media.

“It’s most unfortunate these rumours are spread, they are all false. As you know the honourable PM is very much in charge , the A-G has played a pivotal role in the construct of our government and the way our government will run in the future and we have to give him credit for it.

“The RFMF is very stable, we’re all still very good friends and I’m leaving with fond memories of the institution.

“I know it’ll be taken over by better people who can rise above the occasion to lead the RFMF into the future.”

 Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

 



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