Friday, February 08, 2008

Qarase questions role of military

Sai's Comment:
-I have said it before- the Military has no role in the running of any democratically elected government. Voreqe is in crown kuku land on this. He is and has misled many good loyal sons & daughters of Fiji in its Military on this point. Have the courage and decency to shed your uniform Voreqe and run for politics to see if anyone supports you! Just remember Ratu Epeli Ganilau who remains successfully unelectable! Stick to your knitting because that is what you are paid for and trained to do. Otherwise you will continue to propagate the lie and myth of your convoluted position on the role of the military in Fiji.

07 FEB 2008 - www.fijilive.com
Deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has once again questioned the role of the Fiji Military Forces saying it cannot seize power over any democratically- elected government whenever it feels like.

“The military and other forces have a role to play and they have someone who is superior like the minister responsible to listen to and not take matters into their own hands.”

“They have no powers to take over any government because they have someone who is superior to listen too and by doing this you are simply breaking the law.”

Meanwhile Opposition leader, Mick Beddoes echoed similar sentiments saying that each and every government from now on should address issues concerning the Fiji Military Forces and try and resolve them.

“I think we need to move away from this coup culture in Fiji so we need to address some issues in the military.”

Qarase also said some serious issues are still lingering in the Military which needs to be ironed out as soon as a democratically-elected government comes into power.

“This is the first issue a government should address once it comes into power because if we don’t another coup could happen in future.”

Bainimarama says Qarase is misguided
07 FEB 2008
Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama believes that ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is totally misguided about the role of the military in national affairs and is misinforming the nation.

Responding to criticism from Qarase, Bainimarama said the military fully understands its role.

“It is only Qarase who does not understand the role of the military and as such is misinforming the nation,” he said.

Bainimarama said the military is there to safeguard the security and stability of the nation.

“As such, if there are practices and policies which have potential to undermine the national security and territorial integrity of Fiji, the RFMF has every right under the Constitution to intervene.”

Bainimarama said if Qarase had acted responsibly, he would have had no reason today to be having any doubts about the military’s role.

In response to Qarase’s claims that the People’s Charter proposal is divisive and will fail, Bainimarama said “the necessary momentum has now been created and as such it has become a national process of consultation and consensus building that aims to include everyone”.

“The participants who have so far unconditionally joined the National Council for Building a Better Fiji and People’s Charter for Change, Progress and Peace initiatives are there for the sole purpose of laying the building blocks that would create a well governed and genuinely united Fiji for sustenance of true parliamentary democracy”.

He reiterated there is a place even for Qarase and other dissidents in the NCBBF and PCCPP initiatives despite them having belittled and ridiculed the interim government’s efforts.

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