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Kean is new prisons commissioner, Qiliho and Naupoto confirmed

The President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote today confirmed substantive appointments for the heads of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Fiji Police Force and Fiji Corrections Service. A government statement released today said: In accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, and on the advice of the Constitutional Offices Commission (“Commission”) following the […]

Peni Shute

March 4, 2016 4:20 pm

The President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote today confirmed substantive appointments for the heads of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Fiji Police Force and Fiji Corrections Service.

A government statement released today said:

In accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, and on the advice of the Constitutional Offices Commission (“Commission”) following the meeting of the Commission today, His Excellency the President has appointed:

  • Commander Francis Bulewa Kean as the Commissioner of the Fiji Corrections Service;
  • Brigadier General Sitiveni Tukaituraga Qiliho as the Commissioner of Police; and
  • Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto as the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

All the 3 above-mentioned appointments are with effect from today, Friday 4 March 2016.

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(L-R) Commander Francis Keen, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and Commander Viliame Naupoto.  Graphic: Ashutosh Singh / Newswire.

Brigadier General Sitiveni Tukaituraga Qiliho

Brigadier-General Qiliho was appointed as Acting Police Commissioner on a three-month term following the resignation of South African Ben Groenewald in November last year.  His term was subsequently extended for another three months.

Before that, Brigadier-General Qiliho was the Land Forces Commander at the Republic of Fiji Military Forces

Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto

Commodore Viliame Naupoto was appointed Acting Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces on August last year,   following the resignation of Commander Mosese Tikoitoga.  Naupoto is also a former Commander of the Fijian Navy as well as a former Fiji Director of Immigration.

Commander Francis Bulewa Kean

Commander Kean was appointed acting permanent secretary of Infrastructure and Transport in 2011.  Before that, he served as Navy Commander. Keen was convicted of manslaughter in 2007 and sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment for manslaughter after pleading guilty.

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