Speaking at the parade Commander Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto forecasted some of the major events that are scheduled for the coming year and reminded his troops on the 2018 General Election.
Naupoto briefed his men on pre-election events and certain rules for the General Elections. He encouraged the RFMF to go listen and ask question in order to make that informed decision before Election Day.
For members of the RFMF the rule is simple for them they cannot and will not be allowed to actively campaign for a party or a candidate. However if they choose to do so then they will have to resign from the RFMF.
The Comander Commander made it clear that the RFMF will be “a-political”; however they will be able to attend pre-election campaigns and he encourage them to go and ask some questions in order to make the informed decision come the Election Day.
Naupoto also reminded the troops that the RFMF will support and stand-by the government that will be formed after the election.
He said that after the elections and when a government has been formed the RFMF allegiance as an institution automatically shifts to that government; no matter who they have chosen.
The Commander later hosted a Christmas lunch for members of the other ranks showing his appreciation after a year of hard-work