Saturday, February 16, 2008

Koroi condemns 'lazy' army

Koroi condemns 'lazy' army

FREDERICA ELBOURNE - www.fijitimes.com
Friday, February 15, 2008

A METHODIST minister has called for the dissolution of the military and labelled the institution as one that comprised lazy, non-productive members who spent most of their time polishing shoes.

Reverend Josateki Koroi said he outlined this in his letter to the National Council for Building a Better Fiji when he turned down the invitation to join.

"The coup is based on a robbery philosophy. It's like stealing from a bank to set up a school," he said.

"If they want to create a better Fiji, then Frank (Bainimarama) and his army should grow their own food and produce food in their own villages. That'll make a better Fiji. The faster they do this the better."

Mr Koroi claimed the army did nothing "all day, everyday" which led them to pick up their guns and frighten ordinary civilians.

"They don't produce anything yet they receive hard-earned money. The army should be dismissed and their members sent back to the villages where they can farm and produce something for their family. They shouldn't be allowed to depend on people's money.

"In fact, they should not be paid. They don't deserve any wages. The Bible says the labouring people should be honoured and fed, and the lazy should not be fed," he said.

After he declined the invitation to the council, Mr Koroi said he was surprised at a second invitation to join an arm of the council. "I was invited to join the second working group in the good governance task team," he said.

Mr Koroi was asked to join the working group on institutional and public sector reform.

"I didn't agree with the philosophy of the charter. The whole thing is illegal. The charter is trying to create a new Fiji. I don't believe a coup can create a new Fiji. Only God can create a new Fiji and it's our responsibility to respect that," he said.

Mr Koroi said the interim regime wanted to abolish the identity of Fijian people and recreate Fiji into a non-racial country.

"I don't know any country in the world that doesn't have its own unique people. What part of the world has no indigenous people? God made all his people distinct from those of other countries, from India, China, New Zealand and Australia and Fiji is no different. The different people of each country are to be respected for that," he said.

He said it was "totally blasphemous" to deny God's creation from being indigenous people of their country.

"A better Fiji will be built on righteousness, hard work and good governance," Mr Koroi said.

Mr Koroi said another reason he rejected the invitation to join the council and its working group was because of the interim regime's philosophy that might was right.

Military spokesman Colonel Mohammed Aziz questioned whether Mr Koroi was speaking as a military officer. "If so, does it apply to him also? He served in active service and remains on the Retired Officers list. Officers do not resign unless they wish to be decommissioned," was all Colonel Aziz said.

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