Friday, August 08, 2008

Military should stay out of politics: Raivoce

Military should stay out of politics: Raivoce
Sai Comment:
  • Colonel Raivoce is right on the button in his comments below. Herein are the views of a professional soldier who know what a soldier's role is. It is NOT to poke its nose in matters politics but to serve the government of the day. If only we have more of his like in the leadership of the Fiji Military!!!

    Former military officer and now head of Global Risk Security Colonel Sakiusa Raivoce says the military should concentrate on looking after the internal and external security of the nation and not try and poke its nose into political matters.
    Colonel Raivoce was reacting to the call by the National Council for Building a Better Fiji to redefine the role of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and for the national security forces to be more engaged in Fiji's national development.

    Colonel Raivoce said the RFMF Act was very clear and simple and the role of the military was limited to national security.

    "Why are they trying to interfere with political matters?" he said.

    "There is no point at all in extending the role that soldiers are already involved in.

    "They should leave political matters and debate to the politicians and they stick to their role as defined in the Act and also within the Constitution." He said the military shouldn't concern itself with running the affairs of the nation because there were men and women chosen by the people to do that job.

    "There are internal and external matters of security they should be concentrating on because that is there job," he said.

    "The recommendation must be strongly condemned by all law abiding citizens of Fiji."

    He said the decision taken by the NCBBF was a poor judgment and a poor quality of decision making.

    The NCBBF calls for a national dialogue on the RFMF's role and also outlines a number of security roles which the military should undertake.

    The NCBBF has also proposed that the National Security Council expand its membership to incorporate wider representation.

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