Fiji’s Police Commissioner, Esala Teleni, has banned the drinking of kava in police quarters and barracks, under the rules of the New Methodist Church.
The Fiji Broadcasting Commission today reported that Teleni issued an order under Cap 85 of the Police Act, that there would be no kava drinking at any of the Police Force premises and living quarters.
According to Radio Fiji, Teleni made the statement during a police crusade in Labasa. Police public relations officer and former radio reporter, Ema Mua, says the directive will be put into "black and white".
During his term, the former police commissioner, Andew Hughes, banned kava consumption at all police stations and police posts, as part of moves to instil greater discipline and professionalism.
However, unlike Teleni, Hughes allowed officers residing in police barracks and quarters to drink kava freely.
Maenwhile a four-day police crusade will start tomorrow at Sukuna Park and all officers have been told they must attend.