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Fiji military warns about campaigning

Updated at 3:54 pm today

The commander of the Fiji military has told political parties campaigning for next month’s election to refrain from promoting discriminatory policies.

Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga says otherwise the military will have difficulty in balancing its role.

He says under the constitution, the military has to ensure at all times the security, defence and wellbeing of Fiji and all Fijians.

Brigadier General Tikoitoga has told the Fiji Sun in all the places where the Fiji forces serve as peacekeepers, the problems started with some sort of discrimination.

He also says the military will accept the outcome of next month’s election.

Brigadier General Tikoitoga says the military won’t favour any individual or political party and he has reminded those soldiers who had not read the constitution to familiarise themselves with the document.

The commitment is in contrast to his predecessor, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, who removed the last elected government half a year after the polls.

During the counting process in 2006, he said he hoped the two newly elected independent MPs would side with the Fiji Labour Party to give the country stability.

However, the SDL Party of Laisenia Qarase emerged as winner and was then ousted in a military coup – Fiji’s fourth in two decades.

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Photo: RNZI/Sally Round


4 thoughts on “Ex RNZI

  1. he should warn FijiFirst and its supporters because they are the ones harping on discrimination and equal citizenary. the country is more divided than ever and it’s a volatile situation when a minority group, i.e fiji Indians, who has benefited the most from this coup, supports the party that has destroyed the SOUL of the indigenous fijians.

  2. May be I should help those who have trouble understanding what the good General said: “He says under the constitution, the military has to ensure at all times the security, defence and wellbeing of Fiji and all Fijians”. All Fijians clearly includes our beloved AG and his Rear Admiral. Given their importance and prominent roles, the RFMF has to prioritise and allocate limited resources in an efficient way. I.e. The security and wellbeing of these two gentlemen takes precedence and the RFMF will make sure that they will win the election or stay power, whatever comes first.

  3. Tikolo … boci. all this shit is because of you military idiots. no that’s too diplomatic. lamusona be more appropriate. ni vicai.

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