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Natuva Dismisses Criticism Against RFMF

Timoci Natuva has dismissed  an attack on the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) by SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula. Mr Nawaikula criticised the Constitutional provision giving the Republic of Fiji
20 Sep 2015 10:49
Natuva Dismisses Criticism Against RFMF
Minister for Defence, Timoci Natuva

Timoci Natuva has dismissed  an attack on the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) by SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula.

Mr Nawaikula criticised the Constitutional provision giving the Republic of Fiji Military Forces the authority to be responsible for the country’s national security.

He said it was like “entrusting Count Dracula the security of the blood bank, knowing fully well he has already dipped his fingers in it four times already.” He posted the comments on his Facebook page in response to the address by the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, during the ceremonial opening of Parliament for 2015-2016 year.

“RFMF is just upholding its duty as required under the 2013 Constitution,” said Minister for Defence, Immigration and National Security Timoci Natuva.

“He (Nawaikula) should first know that we are following what is being required of us in the Constitution,” Mr Natuva said.

Section 131 (1) of the 2013 Constitution states: “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.”

In his presidential address during the opening of the first Parliament sitting for the year last Monday, Ratu Epeli said, as Commander in Chief of the RFMF, he believed the RFMF must wherever and whenever required, support the Police in bringing to justice those who wanted to destroy democracy and imposed their will on others.

Mr Nawaikula said the presidential speech was ‘marked by ironies, innuendos and contradictions.

He also claimed in his Facebook posting that the President had again entrusted Fiji’s democracy on the institution most guilty of and the only one that had been guilty of the heinous crime of treason in Fiji’s history.

Mr Natuva said people like Mr Nawaikula were one of those who wanted to take out the 2013 Constitution, however, this could not be easily done.

“They are trying to continue with the past but we have a Government that is moving and looking forward without looking back at the past,” he said.

Meanwhile, RFMF Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said the RFMF was not a political institution and would not respond to Mr Nawaikula’s comments.

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