NOT FOR­GOT­TEN

PM keeps his prom­ise to build homes for fam­i­lies of loyal 6 killed in 2000 cri­sis He says their deaths were not in vain, led to change

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - LEONE CABENATABUA

The fam­i­lies of the four loyal sol­diers and two Po­lice­men killed dur­ing the 2000 po­lit­i­cal cri­sis will soon be mov­ing to their newly-built homes in the Nakasi sub­di­vi­sion, Nau­sori.

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama yes­ter­day said he had promised the fam­i­lies that Govern­ment would build their new homes. He said it was a show of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from Govern­ment to the of­fi­cers, who lost their lives in the line of duty. “Their deaths should not be in vain,” he said. “The deaths of th­ese sol­diers and Po­lice­men changed the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal scene as the mil­i­tary moved in to en­sure that is not re­peated.” Mr Bain­i­marama yes­ter­day vis­ited the three-bed­room houses un­der con­struc­tion by the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces engi­neers and he was im­pressed by the progress. He bought kava, sat down with the engi-

neers and had a ta­lanoa ses­sion to show his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their work.

He paid a spe­cial trib­ute to the fallen of­fi­cers and of­fered his sym­pa­thy and sup­port for their fam­i­lies.

Re­fer­ring to the fam­i­lies, he said: “We can­not get their fa­thers back as they are no longer with us but the least we can do is to give them a home as this is what they would have done for their fam­i­lies if they were still with us to­day.” Mr Bain­i­marama said the fam­i­lies would be at Queen El­iz­a­beth Bar­racks this morn­ing to join the RFMF in a re­mem­brance cer­e­mony. It would start with a church ser­vice at 8am to­day, fol­lowed by a cer­e­mony at QEB as a re­mem­brance for the loyal sol­diers and po­lice­men who were killed by rebels and mu­ti­neers.

“It is never go­ing to be re­peated,” he re­it­er­ated. Mr Bain­i­marama said af­ter the 2001 gen­eral elec­tions, the SDL govern­ment came up with the very poli­cies that would have led to a sim­i­lar cri­sis.

“It came to a point the mil­i­tary said that it was enough and had to step in to scrap away those racist poli­cies and put poli­cies of equal­ity for all races.”

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama with some of the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces engi­neers at the Nakasi sub­di­vi­sion in Nau­sori yes­ter­day.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama takes look at the progress of work done by the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces engi­neers at the Nakasi sub­di­vi­sion in Nau­sori yes­ter­day.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces engi­neers building homes at the Nakasi sub­di­vi­sion in Nau­sori yes­ter­day.

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