Saturday, July 31, 2010

Military officers warned

31 July 2010

Military officers have been warned that they will be “severely punished” if they are found abusing their authority.

The warning was made by the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama during a parade at the Queen Elizabeth barracks at Nabua, Suva.

Commodore Bainimarama warned military officers to use their authority at the right time and in the right place.

He reminded officers that whoever is found to be abusing their powers outside the military camp will be taken to task.

It is believed that military hierarchy received several reports of military officers misusing their authority outside work.

Land Force Commander Brigadier-General Pita Driti said concerns were raised after the military learned that officers were abusing their powers beyond their designated roles.

“We have seen some of the officers abusing their powers outside the camp,” he said.

“We’ve also received reports and it’s been a problem in the camp.

“This is an issue we have been trying to tackle within the Fiji Military Forces.”

Brigadier-General Driti said they are now working to remove such practices.

He said the Fiji Military Forces will not tolerate its people abusing their powers.

“Officers found abusing their powers would be severely punished,” said Brigadier-General Driti.

“Such practices should not be happening in the military at all.”

The Land Force Commander said that time and again the Commander had stressed good governance, transparency and accountability.

Military officers he said should be the very people to be seen to adhere to this and put it to practice.

“They should show the way for others to follow.”

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  • You have them all, mental illness, heart problems,abuse, bully and wannabe. Sadly what goes around comes around. Just turn your guns onto your own heads to end this sad chapter in our history and the sufferring of the nation. We'll organise your mass grave.

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