2 Feb 2004

Fiji military commander demands loyalty of officers on leave

4:19 pm on 2 February 2004

Fiji's military commander has warned that he will not tolerate any senior officers or soldiers trying to ruin the integrity of the institution.

Radio Fiji says Commodore Frank Bainimarama made the comment in the case of five senior officers sent on leave two weeks after they refused to pledge loyalty to him, saying their loyalty was to the army as an institution.

The five officers are Col Ratu George Kadavulevu, Col Alfred Tuatoko whom George Speight attempted to name as army commander during the coup, Col Raduva and Col Buadroma, as well as Commander Koroi from the navy.

Commodore Bainimarama is quoted as saying there is no room for officers in the army if they continue to disobey his commands.

He says the army is a disciplined institution which plays a pivotal role in providing security for the nation and he can only take the five back if they change their stance towards his leadership.

Commodore Bainimarama says those serving in the military must always rally to the support of their leader in good times or bad.