Sources have today confirmed to Coupfourpointfive that Land Force Commander Colonel Pita Driti was ordered to take leave almost a fortnight ago, but he defiantly returned to work after just a day.
Sources within the military have told us that our story that Driti was ordered to go on leave because he was seen talking to former Methodist Church of Fiji leader, Reverend Manasa Lasaro, was correct.
But they say a defiant Driti returned to Queen Elizabeth Barracks on Friday the 10th of July and was seen enjoying tea at the Officers' Mess with other army officers.
Since then, the rumours about have been persistent Driti and the Commander of 3rd Force Infantry Regiment (3FIR) Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara being at loggerheads with their commander and dictatorship regime's prime minister Frank Bainimarama
On Monday the 14th of July, Bainimarama was missing from the morning tea function held by the officers, in which both Driti and Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara were present. Military and regime spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel, Neumi Leweni, had then said Banimarama was resting at home.
Soon after Driti was ordered to go on leave, Bainimarama left for Port Vila, Vanuatu to attend the Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting.
He returned to Fiji on Saturday July the 11th.