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Security Responsibility Of RFMF, Colonel Kalouniwai Reiterates

He rebuts Tikoduadua’s statement that security lies with the goodwill of all communities, particularly the iTaukei The Republic of Fiji Military Forces says a statement on security by the National
23 Jun 2017 11:00
Security Responsibility Of RFMF, Colonel Kalouniwai Reiterates
Pio Tikoduadua. Photo: Ronald Kumar

He rebuts Tikoduadua’s statement that security lies with the goodwill of all communities, particularly the iTaukei

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces says a statement on security by the National Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua cannot go unchallenged.

Mr Tikoduadua said the people’s security lies with the goodwill of all communities particularly the iTaukei.

Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai. Photo: Ronald Kumar

RFMF’s chief-of-staff, Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai, said the Constitution mandated the RFMF to have the “overall responsibility to ensure at all times the security, defence and well-being of Fiji and all Fijians.”

“This effort to rebut intends to re-emphasize the same confidence and trust in the RFMFs continued relevance as an institution ensuring security in the shaping of our nation’s destiny as it increasingly gains greater stature in the comity of nations,” Colonel Kalouniwai said.

“Once again, we are hearing the usual rhetoric coming in different shapes and forms using communal divisions through ethnicity, race and religion to push a specific agenda for political gains.

“Whilst the RFMF continues in its efforts in being apolitical, we will continue to play a pivotal role towards nation building. This has become even more relevant today in a globalised and interdependent world where nation states are political units in an international system, representing the citizen’s aspirations.

“The current Government’s National Security Strategy, a first ever of its kind by any Fijian government, reinforces this responsibility of the ‘People’s Security’ in a framework that looks at comprehensive security.

“This framework capitalises on a whole Government approach that would in turn act as an instrument to achieve life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. So the process of nation building by our current Government aims at the unification of the people within the state so that it remains politically stable and viable in the long run.

 

“The pillars of nation building in this 21st century look towards security, justice, economic development and democratic polity.

“Security comes first in the pecking order because the other three pillars function effectively only if the security threshold on the nation, both internal and external, remains intact.

“Our very own national security Strategy has identified the ‘Sustainable Well-being of Fiji and all Fijians’ at the top of its list of its five identified security priorities for Fiji. In this context we must appreciate as sacrosanct that the smooth functioning of democracy brings in its wake social justice and economic development.

“In states where the roots of democracy are not firmly embedded, security becomes a victim of inefficient, parochial and dithering attitudes that form the essence of the difficult business that defines democracy.

“Unfortunately, Mr Tikoduadua’s statements certainly fit into this category and have the potential of becoming an engine for ethno-nationalism.

“Statements as such have the potential of only influencing and breeding suspicion, distrust, ethnic tensions and potentially lead to conflict.

The RFMF today with a renewed spirit of nationhood will continue to play a significant role in fostering the spirit of ‘inclusive growth’ as enunciated by Government, and always guarantee and ensure that our rights, identity, culture, religion and land are protected, enshrined and safeguarded in our Constitution for all times.”

Source: Republic of Fiji Military Forces

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