Monday, October 25, 2010

Former Fiji officer doubts regime’s military leave account

Posted by Radio NZ International - 24 October 2010

A former Fiji senior military officer says he believes two officers placed on extended leave have been suspended for plotting against Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

The government says the Land Force Commander, Brigadier General Pita Driti, and Lieutenant Colonel, Roko Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, were asked by the Commodore to use up leave entitlement.

But Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka, a former associate of Commodore Bainimarama, says he and others were dumped by being forced on leave after falling out with the military leader.

He says once officers are made to take leave, they don’t return to their duties, complaints don’t get investigated, and they disappear from the payroll.

Colonel Baledrokadroka says the latest move shows support for the Commodore is waning.

“These two senior officers were the ones anointed and die hard partners in high treason, they committed high treason with Bainimarama. They were his right and left hand so to speak. So the nature of the beast is that people all around him, they seem to have fallen under his axe in his quest for absolute power.”
Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka says the pair should now support efforts to bring Fiji back to democracy.

The two officer on leave have made no comment.

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