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RFMF HITS BACK

Republic of Fiji Military Forces chief of staff Colonel Jone Kalouniwai has questioned the motives of National Federation Party parliamentarian Parmod Chand behind his incessant comments made in the political
30 Oct 2017 13:12
RFMF HITS BACK
Colonel Jone Kalouniwai.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces chief of staff Colonel Jone Kalouniwai has questioned the motives of National Federation Party parliamentarian Parmod Chand behind his incessant comments made in the political arena about the security force.

And, he has reminded Mr Chand that RFMF has done a lot for the country and has sacrificed a lot for the Fijian people.

During a rally in Labasa on Saturday, Mr Chand said he feared no one, not the Government and not the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

Colonel Kalouniwai said this may be a matter of political survival for Mr Chand but for the RFMF, the institution was here to stay.

“I just want to raise concerns about the continuous comments the Honourable Member of Parliament Parmod Chand keeps making.

“He is always brining in the RFMF in his political remarks and we are questioning his motive and the question I ask myself is what is he trying to prove.

“Mr Parmod Chand’s comments about the RFMF is for political leverage, to gain popularity and votes for elections.

“The race card is out of the window so his focus has become the Prime Minister and the RFMF. This shows his political immaturity,” Mr Kalouniwai said.

In reminding Mr Chand and the Fijian people what RFMF has done for the country, Mr Kalouniwai said Mr Chand cannot come close to contributing to this nation what RFMF has. He said there was no comparison between RFMF’s contribution to nation building and Mr Chand’s contribution, if any.

“No matter how much he barks at the RFMF, the institution has done a lot and sacrificed a lot for the country but for him this is a matter of political survival.”

Mr Kalouniwai has also advised Mr Chand to stick to ‘bread and butter’ issues of the Fijian people and not drag this country through the muck.

Mr Chand has also previously been very vocal about the RFMF in Parliament following which RFMF had released a statement clarifying some of Mr Chand’s remarks.

Also during the same rally, where NFP leader Biman Prasad and President Pio Tikoduadua were present, the Party reaffirmed its election promise of increasing the minimum wage rate to $5 an hour and to increase the sugarcane price to $100 per tonne.

However, no discussions took place about how they would fund the increased sugarcane price or whether they would do away with incentives such as fertiliSer subsidies, free bus fares and free education which was put in place by the Bainimarama Government and the FijiFirst Government.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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