31 Mar 2006

Fiji military boss lashes out at critics

1:16 pm on 31 March 2006

Fiji's military commander has hit out at critics of his recent actions, saying it is about time he responded and exposed them.

The Daily Post reports that the government, political parties, church groups, some chiefs and business people have been attacking the military's public statements, its march in Suva last Monday and its truth and justice campaign for the elections.

But Commodore Bainimarama says the military has a role to play in every aspect of society.

Responding to public criticisms by the National Federation Party's Attar Singh, Commodore Bainimarama says the military has every right to be involved in the politics of the nation.

And he says Attar Singh was one person who was not affected by the upheavals of 2000.

Commodore Bainimarama says it is Indians like him and Himmat Lodhia who don't care about the poor Indians and who should not rock the boat because the military needs to be proactive in security.

On a letter from the Assembly of Christian Churches calling on the president to discipline the commander, Commodore Bainimarama says those behind the letter are nothing but selfish people with personal agendas.

He says some churches are being used as mouthpieces of political forces.