19 Mar 2004

Fiji company to be set up to provide security services

11:14 am on 19 March 2004

A new company is being formed in Fiji to employ former soldiers and police officers to provide services overseas and locally.

Fiji TV reports that the move is being spearheaded by Lt Col Sakiusa Raivoce, the local representative of Global Risk Strategies, which sent more than 500 Fiji troops to Iraq six months ago.

Lt Col Raivoce says once employed, the former servicemen will be eligible for duty in Iraq, as well as guarding diplomatic missions and corporate entities in Fiji.

He says the idea has the approval of the chairman of the Great council of chiefs, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, because it will provide employment to indigenous Fijians.

Registration of interest by potential employees will begin in Suva this morning.

Meanwhile Lt Col Raivoce says an audit by the London headquarters of Global Risk Strategies has cleared the Suva office of any financial mismanagement as alleged by some returning servicemen who are preparing to file court action.