28 Jan 2009

Fiji's interim PM says Kean was not appointed because he is his brother-inlaw

11:44 am on 28 January 2009

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says Navy Commander Francis Kean, who was reappointed as Navy Commander despite being convicted for manslaughter, did not get his post back because he is his brother-in-law.

Fiji Village reports the Commodore as saying Commander Kean was brought back because senior military officers believe he is the best person to develop the institution.

He says the people who are trying to compare Mr Kean's reappointment and those who participated in the 2000 events are misleading the people as those who were involved in the 2000 coup have not come out publicly to the military and said that they were wrong in carrying out the act.

Commodore Bainimarama said these people want a repeat of what happened in 2000 and before 2006 and that is why the military will not accept them.

Bainimarama called on the SDL party to be humble and not to make a lot of noise.

He also told those who were involved in the 2000 events and have been released from Prison and are making comments regarding the military and the interim government that they will not be accepted to be part of government.

The Military head said these people are just trying to bring disunity within the army but they should not be moved and just listen to the words of their Commander.