Parliament

Calls to split police, military and immigration into separate ministries

A parliamentary sub-committee has recommended that the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Fiji Police Force and Immigration become three separate ministries. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence (PSCFAD) in its report said the recommendation followed a “thorough” review of the Ministry of Defence, National Security and Immigration’s 2013 annual report. The report also […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 24, 2016 11:43 am

A parliamentary sub-committee has recommended that the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Fiji Police Force and Immigration become three separate ministries.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence (PSCFAD) in its report said the recommendation followed a “thorough” review of the Ministry of Defence, National Security and Immigration’s 2013 annual report.

The report also recommended that the National Security Council comprise of the Minister for the RFMF, Minister for the Fiji Police Force and Minister for Immigration under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister.

PSCFAD chairperson Mr Netani Rika said the report did not present a full picture of the functions and responsibilities entrusted to the Ministry because details from the RFMF and Police were not part of the Annual Report.

RIKA: “In their submissions, the Ministry confirmed that the permanent secretary does not have any oversight or control over the military and police. Those two institutions are headed by the Commander and Commissioner, respectively and details of their functions, responsibilities and finances are not part of this report.”

Recommendations on the report:

  • That the RFMF, Fiji Police Force and Immigration Department become three separate Ministries.
  • That the National Security Council comprise of the Minister for the RFMF, Minister for the Fiji Police Force and Minister for Immigration under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
  •  That the Ministry responsible for the RFMF look into the merits of expanding services to the United Nations (Civil, Political and Humanitarian divisions).
  • That the Ministry responsible for the RFMF look into the benefits of better equipping the Navy to improve vastly its valuable service in looking after Fiji’s territorial waters and EEZ.
  •  That the Ministry responsible for the RFMF consider the merits of expanding the training, capability and role of the RFMF Engineers Corp to enhance its rehabilitation works in times of environmental disasters.
  • If the current management structure is retained, the Committee recommends that the RFMF and Fiji Police Force (their functions, responsibilities and finances) are clearly identified in future reports.
  • That a well trained, equipped and efficient internal complaints mechanism be established in the Ministries so that any issues within the departments and units of the Ministries are efficiently and as far as possible amicably resolved.

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