KEEP UP THE PRESSURE JB!

Former Fiji army chief blasts troop build-up

By Geraldine Coutts for Radio Australia

As 600 new soldiers and police graduated in the Fijian capital of Suva on Friday, a former head of Fiji’s land forces questioned the need for a recruitment boost in the struggling nation.
On parade were 460 military and 120 police graduates, the soldiers adding to Fiji’s already sizeable armed forces.
Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka, now a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, said Fiji’s economic state was dire.
“The country can ill afford at the moment a huge intake of soldiers, given its economic plight. The country is going bankrupt,” he said.
“The last three years, they have busted their military budget. There is no accountability. There have been huge budget blowouts since this regime has been in power.
“It’s a huge drain on the national coffers, this recruitment.”
Colonel Baledrokadroka noted the interim regime has given as a major focus the ending of ethnic tension and imbalance in Fiji.
“The rhetoric coming out of this regime, especially (interim prime minister Frank) Bainimarama, is that it’s all for stamping out racism,” he said.
“I guarantee over 90 per cent of these soldiers and policemen will be indigenous Fijians.
“So [it’s] probably the most racist organisation in Fiji at the moment. To say it’s all done in the name of stamping out racism – the coup of 2006 – is all a lie.
“The man has been living on lies the last three years or so.”
Holding power
Colonel Baledrokadroka, who also once headed Fiji’s peacekeeping missions for the United Nations, said the last big recruitment drive he remembered was after the 1988 coup under Sitiveni Rabuka.
“As far as I’m concerned, this huge recruitment is just part and parcel of a dictator’s ways for holding on to power,” he said.
He predicted it would also mean the military budget accounting for at least 10 per cent of government expenditure.
The former military chief said the Fijian regime had justified the recruitment drive as needed to boost numbers in Fiji’s peacekeeping forces overseas.
He found it ironic that it is an undemocratic country now taking part in peacekeeping overseas.
“International pressure needs to be put on the Fijian military. This is one of the ways of putting pressure on the military, by banning it from peacekeeping,” he said.

4 Responses to “KEEP UP THE PRESSURE JB!”

  1. saqaniwarrior Says:

    HE WILL MEET HIS WATERLOO SOON OR LATER BECAUSE THE GOOD LORD IS WATCHING OUR BELOVED NATION…IF HE THINKS HE WILL CONTINUE TO TELL LIE TO THE PEOPLE OF FIJI THEN I AM SORRY TO SAY THAT HE WILL VANISH SOON…EITHER BY HIS FELLOW GREEN MEN OR BY THE POWER OF THE LORD…

    GOD BLESS OUR LOVELY ISLANDS CALLED FIJI….

  2. Budhau Says:

    Yeah, keep up the pressure…so when is the next march in Sydney?

    As for this “Good Lord”…do you guys honestly believe that God is sitting up there just watching over Fiji – and that Fiji is God’s own country.

    Come on guys …..any time you have people on both sides of any disagreement – both sides feel that God is on their side.

    So cut out this mindless bullshit about God that I see in here day in day out – BTW can you explain why God loves Fiji so much.

  3. Tui Says:

    It is very encouraging to see that both the PMs of NZ and Aust are on the forefront of this move to oust Fiji from International Peacekeeping for the UN.The Democratic Movement in the USA will ask the State Dept to take Fiji out of Sinai. As long as Fiji has a Dictator as its Head and that the civil rights of the people are being violated it is unethical to allow Fiji Soldiers to be Peacekeepers. Col JB is right in saying that Fiji does not need this recruitment into the armed forces considering the uncertainty of Fiji’s economy.As people lose their jobs and face paycuts the PM finds it proper to bribe the military with unbelievable pay increases just so he(VB) can hold on to power.The whole of the commonwealth need to put pressure on Fiji to go to election asap.

  4. Anonymous. Says:

    @ Tui.
    No election while he (they) remain in power – won’t come to table unless all guaranteed imunity – breaking cycle more difficult than it appears.

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