Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Fiji military must go: Samoa PM

Fiji military must go: Samoa PM
www.fijilive.com - 03/02/2009

Sai Comment:
- Exactly what I have been arguing! Fiji has no enemies that would require a military. A bloated military that is draining the resources that could be better spent elsewhere. Fijian middle class are being lost overseas instead of contributing to their own country, as no doubt they would dearly love, either through business or in the civil service, which is now populated by former band masters and military officers who are labelled by the Samoan PM as having "no expertise in the work they are given".

The Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malilelegaoi, says Fiji must get rid of its armed military forces for there to be peace in the country, Radio New Zealand reports. Tuilaepa said he thinks Fiji’s future is uncertain, and even if elections are held there is no guarantee that a civilian government could not be toppled. He says if there is a return to civilian government, he feels there will be many other military leaders like Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in the future.
Tuilaepa says it is very easy to pick up a gun and wave it at people. He says if the military leaders truly want to support the wider public, they should volunteer to leave the military and prepare for elections.
Tuilaepa says many capable Fijians cannot contribute because positions have been filled by army personnel who have no expertise in the work they are given.
Tuilaepa also describes Commodore Bainimarama as inexperienced in international relations, unused to governing a country, and only wanting praise. Fijilive

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