3 Nov 2015

Fiji military appointment a sham, says Opposition

1:15 pm on 3 November 2015

The Fiji opposition leader says the chief of Fiji's military forces has had his contract extended without the proper input from a key commission.

Fiji's Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Fiji's Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa. Photo: RNZI / Sally Round

Commodore Viliame Naupoto has been acting commander since August when Mosese Tikoitoga stepped down.

Ro Teimumu Kepa, who serves on the Constitutional Offices Commission, says Commission members were given an hour to approve an extension to Commodore Naupoto's contract on Friday.

They were also asked to approve a draft advertisement for the commander position.

She says as of nine o'clock on Monday morning, she was aware of only three of the six Commission members responding by email with their approvals.

Ro Teimumu says commission members have been treated with contempt by the Commission's secretariat.

She says the Commission, which is created under the constitution, must be treated with respect and is not a rubber stamp of the government.