PM : Qiliho and Kean’s position on agenda

Fiji Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has been suspended by the President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere. Picture: TALEBULA KATE/FT FILE

THE fate of Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and Fiji Corrections Service Commissioner Commander Francis Kean will be known soon.

While he did not want to discuss the agenda of the Constitutional Offices Commission meeting, when asked Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka confirmed the “positions” were on the agenda.

He also confirmed Opposition Leader Voreqe Bainimarama and his nominee Tupou Draunidalo walked out of the meeting before it ended yesterday.

He said they were not happy with some of the items on the agenda.

“They did not say they were walking out but they did not want to participate further in the discussions,” he said.

“It is a right that people can exercise when they are in the meetings or commissions and it would be recorded in the minutes.”

He said the resolutions from the meeting would be taken through the proper channel for further action.

“Consensus is not an issue,” he said when asked whether the walkout would have a bearing on decisions by the COC.

“When there is no consensus the commissioners can vote.”

When quizzed about Mr Bainimarama’s continued occupation of the PM’s official residence, Mr Rabuka said he had been informed and they have begun vacating the Muanikau property.

“I do not know how long it will take them to vacate the quarters.”

Attorney-General Siromi Turaga and the Government’s two nominees, Jon Apted and Cema Bolabola, are the other members of the COC.

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