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Fiji’s coup leader chooses brother-in-law as new RFMF commander

February 27, 2014


Kean: reported to be the new commander of RFMF

Unconfirmed reports Frank Bainimarama has picked his brother-in-law, Francis Kean, to succeed him as the commander in chief of the RFMF.

There has been no formal announcement, but a decision on a new commander was expected this Friday, when Frank Bainimarama is due to step down and name his political party for the elections.

Intel sources say they’ve been notified Bainimarama has settled on Kean – because he is family and will provide the security he needs as he waits out the September election.

Kean is the brother of Bainimarama’s wife, Mary.

C4.5 has been told the internal announcement Bainimarama’s brother-in-law will lead Fiji’s military forces is not going down well with top officers, including land force commander, Mosese Tikoitoga.

It’s widely believed Kean has no leadership qualities and has a ‘bad attitude.’

Bloggers will remember Kean was put in charge of Fiji’s navy in 2010 after he served time in jail for manslaughter, a move which almost triggered an internal coup.

He was subsequently removed and installed at the Army Strat HQ before being made permanent secretary of Works, Transport and Public Utilities in 2011.

There will also be disquiet among those who remember Kean served just 18 months for the death of John Whippy in 2006.

Whippy was drunk and insulted Kean at the wedding reception of Bainimarama’s daughter, Ateca, at the Royal Suva Yacht Club.

He died after being punched and kicked by Kean.

The original charge of murder was dropped to manslaughter and many said Kean got off lightly because he was Bainimarama’s brother-in-law.

Sources say Kean will take over from Bainimarama on March 1.

The truth remains to be seen but if history is to be relied upon, then this blog is urging all “Fijians” to open your eyes to see the inevitable in its naked fleshhh.
Source – C4.5; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM
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