Fiji Time: 7:32 PM on Tuesday 1 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Military pays tribute to 'David'

Tevita Vuibau
Thursday, March 06, 2014

THE RFMF sent off its outgoing commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday, thanking him for the 15 years of service he provided.

Their traditional vakavinavinaka was presented to Commodore Bainimarama by the 3FIR commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Manoa Gadai.

While making the presentation, Lt-Col Gadai said the soldiers of the RFMF were thankful for Commodore Bainimarama's leadership.

Speaking in the iTaukei language, Lt-Col Gadai said the army was thankful to God for preserving his life during the 2000 mutiny when rebel soldiers stormed the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

He said Commodore Bainimarama was chosen by God to lead the army and that he had been a good and capable leader.

Lt-Col Gadai also paid tribute to the Commodore's wife, Mary Kean-Bainimarama for her part in assisting Commodore Bainimarama.

He likened Commodore Bainimarama to the biblical king and hero of Israel David, saying he had triumphed over many odds and beaten many different Goliaths.

He said Commodore Bainimarama had triumphed over naysayers in the government as well as those in the churches, and those who were using their chiefly ranks for gain.

Lt-Col Gadai said the army was also thankful to Commodore Bainimarama for staying the course he had set for himself despite threats and danger to him and his family.

His successor Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga also paid homage to the Prime Minister saying he had dealt with some of the most challenging events in Fiji's history.

"There was the overthrow of the government in 2000 and the ensuing chaos, which he successfully brought to an end and the subsequent mutiny," Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said.

"The history of Fiji would have been very different had either of these events succeeded and we all owe the Prime Minister our gratitude for his courage, fortitude and resolve."

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62880.6098
JPY 58.514955.5149
GBP 0.31210.3041
EUR 0.44510.4331
NZD 0.72120.6882
AUD 0.65360.6286
USD 0.47300.4560



Exchange Rate updated on 1st December 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Horrific crime
  2. Man in the dark on police complaint
  3. Former manager, businessman front court
  4. Miss Fiji in top 10 at world pageant
  5. David and Goliath
  6. Delainamasi's best targets Flying Fijians
  7. Sexual assault against minors
  8. Talks on removal of sunken ship ongoing
  9. FSC marks success
  10. Helipad plan receives $70k boost

Top Stories this Week

  1. Left for dead Wednesday (25 Nov)
  2. MV Suilven sinks Wednesday (25 Nov)
  3. Bomb threat Monday (30 Nov)
  4. Torture suspects known to police Thursday (26 Nov)
  5. Sex assault claim Thursday (26 Nov)
  6. Father of two sent to prison Wednesday (25 Nov)
  7. Terror attack survey ranks Fiji 11th out of 21 Monday (30 Nov)
  8. Horrific crime Tuesday (01 Dec)
  9. Students drown, three dead over the weekend Monday (30 Nov)
  10. Police chief refutes report Monday (30 Nov)