Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Commander Major General Ro Jone Kalouniwai has dispelled widely circulated rumours that the RFMF will take “unconstitutional” steps to uphold its constitutional role.

Speaking during the first 2023 Commander’s Parade on Friday, he said such suggestions were against the very democratic principle the institution swore to uphold.

The statement was made following the circulation of a 50-page document on social media, stating “the country was in a crisis and that the RFMF should intervene”.

“In the recent days, there has been growing concerns of the potential breakdown of the rule of law in Fiji,” Maj-Gen Kalouniwai said.

“This has been accompanied by suggestions that the RFMF intervene under Section 131 (2) of the 2013 Constitution.

“As the institution of the RFMF, we will be committed to upholding the Constitution and its values, and ensuring at all times that our actions are aligned with the principles of democracy and the rule of law. Any deviation from the Constitution would undermine the very principles we seek to protect.”

He urged Government, Opposition members and all independent entities to recommit to the constitutional process and uphold its values and principles.

“We believe that by respecting the processes outlined in the Constitution, the stability, trust, and credibility of our institutions will be maintained.”

Home Affairs Minister Pio Tikoduadua confirmed police are investigating the leaked document.