By JYOTI PRATIBHA
January 24, 2014
The military will stand by whoever is chosen to replace Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama as he passes on the reins of leadership at the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.
These were the comments of the Land Force Command’s chief operations officer, Lieutenant- Colonel Amani Suliano, as he addressed members of the territorial forces at Veisaru Sanatan Dharam School in Ba yesterday.
“We are ready to stand by whoever the Commander appoints as he retires from military on February 28. This has also been discussed with the territorial forces and our allegiance will be with the new Commander,” he said.
Many old politicians, he said, would try to take advantage of Commodore Bainimarama’s retirement from the military.
“Be wary of old politicians. The Commander will be retiring on the 28th. Old politicians will see this as an opportunity to stir things up.
“Do not be swayed. Know the Constitution and only then you will be able to fully understand which way Fiji is headed,” he said.
Lieutenant- Colonel Suliano said that they were aware that disgruntled former military officers overseas were behind a number of rumours spread about the institution.
“Those who are behind many rumours regarding the military force and Fiji are former and disgruntled military officers who are sitting overseas and are trying to meddle in the affairs of Fiji. Many are also behind anti-Government blogs.
“These people do not have Fiji at heart. They have been sitting away in comfort in overseas countries and are hoping to create disunity. We will not allow this to happen.
“The Constitution charts a very clear path forward for Fiji. Know it well. Many people will be coming up to you to seek clarification about several sections in the Constitution. Only when you know what is written in it will you be able to inform others correctly,” he said