Mohammed Aziz is reported to have resigned from the RFMF this week. It is believed he was asked to go by the illegal leader, Frank Bainimarama, but it's not known why. Aziz was made brigadier in 2009, the same time as another who is in purgatory, Colonel Pita Driti.
Coupfourpointfive reported in November that Aziz would be manoeuvred out, after the fall-out over Roko Lui and Driti. We have been told today by sources that Aziz has, indeed, now resigned and that it was well-known his was one of the heads Bainimarama wanted to roll.
Another was Parmesh Chand, the dictator's former permanent secretary, who he had moved in April 2009 to the Public Service Commission to keep an eye in particular on the sugar industry. But Chand (pictured here with the dictator in 2008) lost favour and Bainimarama soon took over sugar.
We reported in November that Chand had resigned and intended to leave at the end of December. Sources have told us that he has, as we tipped earlier, vacated the post.
A third the illegal leader wants to rein in, is Ioane Naivalurua, who heads both the Police and the Prison service. It is widely believed Bainimarama doesn't want Naivalurua presiding over both because he wields too much power and is therefore a threat.
Naivalurua (pictured below) today signed a three-year contract as police commissioner with the Public Service Commission chairman, Josefa Serulagilagi, saying the regime is grateful to have a highly motivated, experienced and dedicated officer.
“This is a very critical position in the public service, which not only demands exceptional leadership qualities and skills but also someone who is prepared to go that ‘extra mile’ in our quest for changes and reforms to build public institutions that are strong, professional, accountable and most of all entirely committed to bringing about improved efficiencies in their operations and service deliveries,” according to Serulagilagi.
“I am pleased that Brigadier General Naivalurua perfectly meets these requirements given his 31 years of service in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and in the last four years the excellent work he did in the Fiji Prisons and Correctional Services.”
Rank and file officers have fed Coupfourpointfive with material they say proves Naivalurua is corrupt but the illegal police commissioner insists he has settled in the job and has received tremendous support from within the force as well as stakeholders.
There has been no mention of Naivalurua's role as head of prisons.
Editor's Note (January 6): We have since been informed that Parmesh Chand is still with the PSC. We're seeking further clarification.