7 Nov 2016

Fiji opposition slams police chief's move

4:47 pm on 7 November 2016
Fiji police

Fiji police Photo: Facebook Fiji Police

The opposition in Fiji has questioned why the country's police commissioner is going away to study at a war college for a year.

The opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa says the proper procedure for a constitutionally appointed officer of state has not been followed.

Last week, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho the Fiji Sun he would move to Malaysia for a year next month to attend the Malaysian War College.

His deputy Isikei Ligairi would act as Police Commissioner in the interim, it was reported.

Ro Teimumu said as a member of the Constitutional Offices Commission she should have been notified of the move and she said no meeting had been called to appoint an acting commissoner.

She questioned how the study would improve the police chief's policing skills.

"Are the public to assume that his career as Police Commissioner has been cut short?" she asked.

"This entire episode, highlights yet again, government's unscrupulous attitude to transparency and accountability abd proper procedures."

The former senior military officer was confirmed as police chief in March following the resignation of the former commissioner Ben Groenewald a year ago.

Fiji's Police Commissioner, Sitiveni Qiliho. April 2016.

Fiji's Police Commissioner, Sitiveni Qiliho. Photo: Fiji PM's YouTube channel.