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Back To Core Role: Naupoto

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) is now much stronger because it is focusing solely on carrying out its constitutional role, says Acting Commander, Commodore Viliame Naupoto. Before,
07 Aug 2015 10:30
Back To Core Role: Naupoto
Acting Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commodore Viliame Naupoto at Berkley Crescent yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) is now much stronger because it is focusing solely on carrying out its constitutional role, says Acting Commander, Commodore Viliame Naupoto.

Before, he said, the RFMF was running the Government.

Commodore Naupoto made the remarks yesterday in his first day in office at Berkley Crescent as the Acting Commander following the resignation of Mosese Tikoitoga.

The Constitution stipulates that:  “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.”

Commodore Naupoto said after eight years of running the nation, a newly elected democratic Government was now in place and the military would support it.

He said now it was back to basics, change the mindset and focus on their core role.

“We’re on to it now and that’s why I said we’re much stronger.”

He said his top priority was to send senior officers for training at the highest military institutions overseas. He said the officers required more leadership training before their appointments to their new posts.

“I can hold the fort while they are on training,” he said.

The first to go is Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho. He leaves for Australia next month.

Commodore Naupoto said Colonel Qiliho would be followed by Colonel Jone Kalouniwai, the current chief of staff of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

The manager of the Vodafone  Flying Fijians Commander (Navy) Humphrey Tawake will follow.

Commodore Naupoto, who was a FijiFirst candidate in last year’s general election, said he had not ruled out his options in politics.

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