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Ro Jone Is New RFMF Chief. Qiliho, Kean Keep Top Jobs

Brigadier-General Ro Jone Kalouniwai is the new Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces after the Constitutional Offices Commission announced the names of the heads of Fiji’s disciplined forces yesterday, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho was reappointed as Commissioner of the Fiji Police Force and Commander Francis Kean retained the top post at the Fiji Corrections Services.
17 Sep 2021 12:17
Ro Jone Is New RFMF Chief. Qiliho, Kean Keep Top Jobs
Brigadier-General Ro Jone Kalouniwai, newly-appointed Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. Photo: Leone Lord

Brigadier-General Ro Jone Kalouniwai is the new commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

The Constitutional Offices Commission announced the names of the heads of Fiji’s discipline forces yesterday.

Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho was reappointed as Commissioner of the Fiji Police Force and Commander Francis Kean retained the top post at the Fiji Corrections Services.

Jeanette Emberson was appointed as the Secretary General to Parliament. All appointments are for a period of five years.

Prior to being appointed the commander of the RFMF, Ro Jone was the director general of the National Security Council and Defence Secretariat.

He comes with vast operational experience and has completed a wide range of military courses.

They include Political Warfare, Regimental Officers Intelligence Course (NZ), Defence Services Staff College (India), Combined Defence Intelligence Research & Analysis Course (Australia), UN Officers Course (Sweden).

He was the Commander for 2nd Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment with the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai – Egypt. He was the Battalion Commander for 3rd Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment in Fiji.

He was the Chief of Staff Officer for Operations, Planning, Intelligence and Training for the Land Force Command HQ, Chief of Staff for the RFMF Land Force Command HQ, Chief of Staff for the RFMF Land Force component, Commander of the RFMF Land Forces.

He also held a two-year post as the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Chief of Staff.

He holds an Executive Certificate in Management from the Australian Maritime College, Graduate Diploma in Management from Central Queensland University, Master’s in Business Administration from Central Queensland University, Masters of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University in India.

He has completed his Masters in Politics and Policy from Deakin University in Australia.

 

COMPOL’s comments

Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho.

Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho.

Mr Qiliho thanked and acknowledged the Constitutional Offices Commission for having the confidence in him to continue the work that he had been doing with the Fiji Police Force for the past five years and to continue for another five.

A lot has been achieved in the past five years and there are some that will roll over into the next five years such as the restructure and some plans, we already have in place,” he said.

“I congratulate my other two counterparts, the Commissioner of Corrections and the Commander of RFMF.

“I look forward to working closely with them, especially Brigadier-General Kalouniwai in regard to national security issues.”

 

Corrections Commissioner

Commissioner of Fiji Corrections Service Commander Francis Kean

Commissioner of Fiji Corrections Service Commander Francis Kean

Commissioner of Fiji Corrections Service Commander Francis Kean says he looks forward to the next five years of his appointment.

“A big thank you, to all the Officers, men and women of the Fiji Corrections Service for embracing the transformation journey over the last five years, in setting our bearings right again,” he said.

“The next term will be one of consolidation plus seeking out improvement in all areas of our service delivery, continue to enhance infrastructure development and continue pursue improved terms and conditions of employment for the troops once the economy brightens up.”

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