The Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua was under very tight security today. Sources within the RFMF told Coupfourpointfive they are unhapy about the retirement age of 55, imposed upon them through State Services Decree.
The entrances were heavily guarded with increased personnel in full battle gear as a meeting was held with army commander Frank Bainimarama.
Sources say they are fully behind Land Force Commander Colonel Pita Driti who is angry that soldiers (including him) will have to retire at the age of 55 while their boss (Bainimarama) will retire at the age of 65 as stated under the Decree.
Bainimarama was to be told that the soldiers had collectively decided that this was unfair and unacceptable. Driti is reportedly incensed that he will have to go at 55.
"Why should I retire at 55", he reportedly thundered to some of his men.
The sources say that in the event the Decree is not changed, then their demand is for every single soldier, officer and the Commander to retire at the age of 55.
Bainimarama was to have been told that he should quit as army commander and become a politician if he wants to retire at 65.
Bainimarama is just 9 days out from turning 55 - on Monday 27 April. According to Wikipedia he was born on 27 April 1954.