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Qiliho: Police apolitical

Mere Naleba
Saturday, February 03, 2018

THE Fiji Police Force is an apolitical institution and it would not comment on statements issued by political parties.

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho made the comments after Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry accused Brig-Gen Qiliho of actively participating in political campaigns alongside Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. In a statement issued by FLP on Thursday, Mr Chaudhry claimed the Commissioner of Police should organise his own travel to visit communities with his own senior officers instead of following the Prime Minister and the A-G.

"Commissioner of Police Qiliho, has been seen accompanying the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General in their political campaign meetings lately, the most recent being that in Nakasi early this week," Mr Chaudhry claimed.

"It was definitely a campaign meeting as the Attorney-General used the occasion to level his usual worn-out criticism of the opposition politicians."

Brig-Gen Qiliho said the police would work with the Government of the day in addressing issues that affected Fijians.

"We will not react to politicians and political statements. We remain apolitical and will work with the Government of the day in addressing issues that affect the community which require police involvement," Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

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