Now a plot to assassinate the army chief!

  • 6th January 2005
  • 2005
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The army is investigating reports of a plot to assassinate army commander, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Bainimarama told The Fiji Times that the army was informed of a plot to assassinate him by a Member of Parliament who overheard the plot being discussed at a kava-drinking session.

“At this stage we’re following an allegation that an MP had heard of an assassination attempt on my life,” said Bainimarama .

The army will pass the file on to police if they find anything substantive.

However, Bainimarama said he was taking the threat seriously whether even if it was just an off-handed comment.

“I don’t think for a moment they know what they are up against. They have no idea!” he warned.

Those who have an agenda against the military do not know what they’re up against in trying to let coup perpetrators off.

“It’s like a tiger sitting in the corner. You have to give him room. If you don’t give him room, he’s going to bite you; he’s going to come at you,” he warned.

The army chief has fallen foul of the government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase in recent months even though he was earlier installed as interim prime minister by the commander himself during the 2000 coup crisis.

The main source of contention between the two is Bainimarama’s claim that the SDL government was allowing people tainted by coup allegations to get away with it, even to the point of getting plush government and diplomatic postings.

Bainimarama is keen for the military not to be seen as condoning coup perpetrators – a point he continuously emphasises – hence his unwavering attempts to get them out of the government, public offices and villages and into court.

In an earlier interview with The Fiji Times this week, he warned that condoning coup elements was creating a “criminal generation” of young people with no respect for the rule of law.