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RFMF Warns Former Peacekeepers About SODELPA Leader’s Motives

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) is concerned with SODELPA President Sitiveni Rabuka’s close involvement with the Fiji ex-Peacekeepers And Action Trustee Association (FPAATA). This is after a meeting
28 Jun 2017 18:15
RFMF Warns Former Peacekeepers About SODELPA Leader’s Motives

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) is concerned with SODELPA President Sitiveni Rabuka’s close involvement with the Fiji ex-Peacekeepers And Action Trustee Association (FPAATA).

This is after a meeting was held between the SODELPA President and the Association’s seven executive members at Hotel 2000 in Lautoka on Monday.

The RFMF is aware of the fresh application of grievances FPAATA will be lodging for mention in the Suva High Court in anticipation of the strike-out application filed by the defendants, that is, Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Finance and the Attorney-General against the association tomorrow.

These grievance’s which include a $250million compensation for participation in UN Peacekeeping Missions from 1978 to 2002 with an upfront instalment of $150m is the perfect opportunity for Mr Rabuka to piggyback on and use as a bandwagon of grievances to sway and manipulate the former Peacekeepers Association for his political gains.

The RFMF is warning FPAATA to be very cautious and must attempt to fully comprehend the real intentions and ulterior motives of Mr Rabuka’s involvement and his genuine assurances within their association.

The involvement of the SODELPA Party President now is a mockery for all RFMF peacekeepers because of his non-action to increase the RFMF Peacekeepers Middle East location allowances during his capacity as Commander RFMF and PM of this country from 1987 to 1999.

During those periods, all peacekeepers were receiving a meagre FJ$15 a day as location allowances for a whole year in Lebanon.

The current location allowances have gradually increased over the years since then to FJ$130 a day for all RFMF Peacekeepers deployed to the various peacekeeping missions in Lebanon, Golan Heights, Iraq, Sudan and Sinai with the MFO.

FPAATA must question the integrity of Mr Rabuka’s involvement with the association and they cannot not allow him to get directly or indirectly involved with the FPAATA given his status as a former Commander of the RFMF, former Prime Minister of this country and in his current political capacity as the President of SODELPA.

The RFMFs concern of Mr Rabuka’s involvement with the association today given its current grievances, presents him with that opportunity to manipulate and influence the Association for his personal benefit and political gains.

The sanctioning together with the FPAATA Executives that all its ex-peacekeepers members be present at the Suva High Court tomorrow, is a direct indication of such negligence and irresponsibility especially when it coincides with the 2018 Budget Announcement at the Parliament.

The RFMF will be closely monitoring the situation and strongly urges the FPAATA to reconsider their intentions in encouraging all its members around Viti Levu to attend the mentioning of the associations fresh application of grievances lodged against the defendants before the Suva High Court tomorrow.

Source: Republic of Fiji Military Forces

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