Fiji Times reporter, Tevita Vuibau, writes that Fiji's NEW Military Commander Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga said the military will remain independent as enshrined in the 2013 Constitution. He made this comment after officially taking over the post of Commander of Fiji's entire military forces.
Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said the Constitution would form the basis for all future dealings with the dictator, his government and his political party. "Our independence is guaranteed in the Constitution, our role is in the Constitution and because we helped create the Constitution our independence is guaranteed. [This sounds like an oxymoron!] The RFMF will follow the principles of the Constitution and uphold its principles to the letter," said Brig-Gen Tikoitoga [originally Mosese Fisher, but changed his name after the coup]. "As the new commander of the RFMF, I want to solemnly declare before the nation my commitment to the 2013 Constitution which incorporates the vision we all share for a new and better Fiji," Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said.
"Under my command, the RFMF will obey, defend and protect that Constitution and the new democracy that, together we are all creating." [...there goes his independence]
Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said the personal relationship between the military and its former commander would not affect the role of the military. "I would be lying if I tell you that we will sever all relationship ties with Bainimarama because he has served with us and been amongst us for 39 years. [And will continue to pull his strings of control]
"Personally, we will continue to be a very warm relationship with him but professionally as commander and a member of the RFMF, our professional relationship will depend on what is guaranteed or what's stated in the Constitution [that was froced on to the people of Fiji]. "That will be our professional relationship between his political party, his government and the army."
But what about Fiji's previous and legal Constitution that was abrogated/thrown out! This all suggests that new Commander is the dictator's puppet and will say all the fancy empty words until a new constitution is forced on to the people!....