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RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga
The security of the nation is very much intact.
This was the reaction from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Land Force Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga.
The Fiji Sun had posed the question of security in Fiji to the Land Force Commander, after more of our soldiers were drafted into peacekeeping duties in the Golan Heights, at Rewa District School on Tuesday.
Colonel Tikoitoga admitted that the RFMF faced some challenges with the requests from the United Nations for more Fijian peacekeepers but this was being handled through careful planning.
By August he said there would be a total 531 soldiers in the Golan Heights.
“Currently we have 334 soldiers in Sinai and 134 in Iraq,” Colonel Tikoitoga said.
In September there will be another rotation to Sinai.
He however said, with RFMF’s sound planning they have managed to fulfill their peacekeeping engagements and likewise maintaining security in the country.
He assured the nation that the security is in the good hands of the RFMF with the help of the Fiji Police Force.
“Security here in Fiji will at all times be intact.”
Recruitment There will be recruitment this Friday at the Queen Elizabeth’s Barracks (QEB) after cabinet had approved two recruitments.
He said with the number of our soldiers involved in peacekeeping duties overseas, they needed to have a lot of reserves here in Fiji so that when they came back they were replaced.
Colonel Tikoitoga said the RFMF wanted peacekeepers to spend more time with their families before being called for another rotation.
He said Friday’s recruitment drive and the second one next year, was critical in ensuring the RFMF had enough soldiers on hand.
The recruitment is open to all Fijians and not only to the iTaukei as claimed by RFMF critics.
“The RFMF is an institution for all races and critics should not be spreading the other side of the story that it is just for the iTaukei people.”
Colonel Tikoitoga stressed the recruitment is open to all Fijians – and not only to the iTaukei as claimed by some RFMF critics.