PM farewelled as Tikoitoga assures revolution will continue
The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Brigadier- General Mosese Tikoitoga, hosted a “dine-out” to farewell Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last Friday night.
The PM also now holds the rank of Rear Admiral (Retired).
Bridagier-General Tikoitoga reaffirmed that the revolution to take Fiji on a path of unity, justice and prosperity would continue to the first genuinely democratic elections in the nation’s history.
Brigadier-General Tikoitoga said in 2006, with the backing of the RFMF, the PM reset the national compass and placed the country on a different path to a modern Fiji.
He said the dinner at the Officers’ Mess at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua, Suva, was a “dine out.”
He told the Fiji Sun yesterday it was a formality in the military and he was glad that he had hosted it to farewell his predecessor.
All senior officers were present including the President and Commander in Chief, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.
Bridgadier- General Tikoitoga said Ratu Epeli was not present at the handing-over ceremony and last Friday’s dine-out was also an occasion for him to farewell the former commander.
The dine-out was a feast to honour the former Commander for the 15 years he led the RFMF.
Confirming the promotion of the former Commander to the rank of Rear Admiral on his retirement, Brigadier-General Tikoitoga said it was in recognition of his 39 years of distinguished service in the RFMF and his contribution to the nation.
Ratu Epeli thanked Rear Admiral Bainimarama for his service and wished him well in civilian life.