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Qarase wrong about military: Bainimarama

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Update: 11:49AM Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, believes that ousted prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is totally misguided about the role of the Military in national affairs.

He said the Military fully understands its role. 

"It is only Qarase who does not understand the role of the Military and as such is misinforming the nation," he said.

Commodore Bainimarama said that the Military is there to safeguard the security and stability of the Nation. 

"As such, if there are practices and policies which have potential to undermine the national security and territorial integrity of Fiji, the RFMF has every right under the Constitution to intervene," he said. 

Mr Bainimarama was responding to criticism by Mr Qarase at a workshop at the Holiday Inn on Tuesday.

Commodore Bainimarama said that if Mr. Qarase had acted responsibly, he would have had no reason today to be having any doubts about the role of the Military.

Concerning Mr. Qarases claims that the Peoples Charter proposal was divisive and would fail, Commodore Bainimarama said that the necessary momentum had now been created and as such it had become a national process of consultation and consensus building that aimed to include everyone.

The participants who have so far unconditionally joined the National Council for Building a Better Fiji and Peoples Charter for Change, Progress and Peace initiatives are there for the sole purpose of laying the building blocks that would create a well governed and genuinely united Fiji for sustenance of true parliamentary democracy.

Commodore Bainimarama said that there was a place even for Mr. Qarase and other dissidents in the NCBBF and PCCPP initiatives.

He said this despite their belittling and ridiculing the Interim Governments 'genuine' efforts to engage the people of Fiji in deciding and reshaping the future of our country to make it well governed, united and progressive for the benefit of all.

 


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