How dare you say that peacekeeping is useless - Naupoto

How dare you say that peacekeeping is useless - Naupoto

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Tuesday 09/07/2024
Former FijiFirst MP, former RFMF and now Independent MP Commander, Viliame Naupoto. [Image: Parliament of Fiji]

Former FijiFirst MP and former RFMF Commander Viliame Naupoto has disagreed with Former FijiFirst and Opposition MP Shalen Kumar on his suggestion to do away with peacekeeping and divert the funds to the Police and says how dare people say that peacekeeping is useless.

While supporting the 2024/2025 National Budget, Naupoto says peacekeeping is never useless, because through Fiji’s participation in missions around the world, Fiji’s voice is heard and Fiji commands respect on the world stage.

He says some of the countries that say yes to Fiji’s requests for assistance do so because they respect the fact that a small country like Fiji is punching above its own weight when it comes to fulfilling its global citizen responsibilities.

The Independent MP says he is speaking in this Parliamentary chamber for the first time as a crossbench Member of Parliament and this situation has come about because of a decision that he made in this Parliament, and a decision he does not regret and the decisions that were made by others outside of this Parliament.

He says he has accepted the situation he is in, and he will move on as a crossbench Member of Parliament for the remainder of this Parliament term.

Naupoto adds he has made his choice and as the saying goes “You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequence of your choice” which he understands very well.

The former FijiFirst MP says democracy is only partly about votes and legislature, but is mostly about human encounters and interaction.

Naupoto has also raised concerns on why there is no allocation for the Vatuwaqa Primary School repair despite the assurances from both the Ministers of Education that it was going to be repaired.

He is pleading with Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka to intervene and allow the repair of this school because it is in a tsunami-safe zone and is very convenient for the children in the informal settlement nearby.

FEATURE NEWS
AIDS related deaths increase from 49 in 2022 to 82 in 2023
The issue of HIV/AIDS continues to rise as shocking statistics revealed by the UNDP, highlighted the increase of AIDS related deaths with 49 in 2022 a...
10 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
Professor Baba was revolutionary, not only in education but in politics and public life - Prof. Shameem
The late Professor Tupeni Baba was a giant of an intellect and this is what made him stand out among the academics not only in Fiji and the Pacific ...
6 hours ago

MOE exploring the use of test-kits in school - Radrodro
Minister for Education Aseri Radrodro says the Ministry is exploring some initiatives, such as having drug test kits in schools to counter the ...
10 hours ago

22,800 MSME's are paying about $59m taxes annually - FRCS CEO
There are about 117,000 Micro, Small and Medium businesses in Fiji out of which around 22,800 businesses are paying taxes amounting to around $59 ...
10 hours ago

Upgraded farm Road in Natawa village will boost agricultural efficiency
Farmers and residents of Natawa Village in Vaturu, located in the highlands of Ba, are set to benefit from the recent upgrade of their farm road that ...
11 hours ago

Upgraded farm Road in Natawa village will boost agricultural efficiency
Farmers and residents of Natawa Village in Vaturu, located in the highlands of Ba, are set to benefit from the recent upgrade of their farm road that ...
12 hours ago



fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
yb
IN DEPTH
2024-2025 National Budget address by the Minister for Finance
2024-2025 National Budget address by the Minister for Finance Prof. Biman Prasad. 2024-2025 Budget ...
12 days ago

Crisis within FijiFirst that led to its deregistration
The FijiFirst Party has been de-registered by the Registrar of Political Parties, Ana Mataiciwa. This is the end of the party that led government ...
16 days ago

Pre-Budget 2024-2025
Pre Budget 2024-2025 budget recommendations and an insight of what people on the ground wish to see in the National Budget
22 days ago

TOP