10 Oct 2006

Fiji's military is watchdog of government policies - says Commodore Bainimarama

8:47 am on 10 October 2006

Fiji's military has warned that it has taken it upon itself to be the watchdog of all policies that come from the government.

The Fiji Times reports that the military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, put the government on notice as the country marked 36 years of independence with a public holiday marking Fiji Day yesterday.

Commodore Bainimarama said the military had to take the watchdog on behalf of the people because the same group of people who had a hand in the May 2000 coup seem to be back.

He said the military had been speaking out for the last five years but no one has been taking stock of what they have been saying.

Commodore Bainimarama said the military is frustrated with the lack of action to pull Fiji out of the rut it is in because political expediency and greed need to be attacked.

He said the military is all powerful and has outlived a lot of governments and people and added that the next couple of weeks will see who does the huffing and the puffing.