COVID-19: PM: Disciplined forces will be giving orders, not advice

A police officer controlling traffic during curfew hours. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJI POLICE FORCE

Amidst Fiji’s COVID-19 crisis, the country’s disciplined forces will be “giving orders, not advice – and they won’t tolerate disobedience”.

That’s the message from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who said Fijians should adhere to directives from authorities and not jeopardise operations.

“This morning, Tropical Cyclone Harold intensified into a Category Five cyclone, with Vanuatu in its immediate path, with parts of Fiji also at risk.

“Fiji can expect heavy rains and flooding from Cyclone Harold from tomorrow – meaning floodwaters and road closures will likely add a new layer of complexity to our containment efforts.”

Mr Bainimarama said Fijians cannot allow severe weather to jeopardise life-saving game plan to lock this virus down.

“We are preparing to face two crises at once – the only way we beat both is if every Fijian adheres closely to the directives from authorities.

“Our disciplined forces will be giving orders, not advice – and they won’t tolerate disobedience.

“So, do what you’re told to do. Your life and the lives of those you love depend on it.”

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