9 Jan 2006

Fiji military commander warns government to mend its ways

11:21 am on 9 January 2006

The Fiji military has threatened to take over control of the country if what it calls the rot in the government does not stop.

The commander, Commodore Bainimarama, says the military will not hesitate to move in and complete for the nation the responsibilities it gave to the current government after 2000 and 2001.

The Fiji Times reports that the military threat came after a weekend comment from the acting foreign affairs minister, Pita Nacuva, describing the recent heightened standoff between the military and the government as a petty issue.

Commodore Bainimarama says the government is not giving the military the respect it deserves.

He says the deaths of soldiers in the coup have yet to be avenged and the dark days of that year are yet to be erased because the government has continued its racist policies and programmes to justify its existence to the indigenous community.

Commodore Bainimarama says policies created to influence the community to support the cause of the opportunists are so divisive they have taken away the rights and freedoms of the people.

He says the government have their heads continually buried in the sand in the hope they do not have to answer for any of their wrongdoings which smacks of a bullying government lacking in character.

Commodore Bainimarama says the military would not retreat because it would mean the continued abuse of leadership and governance in the country.