6 - 17 November 2017  

     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service


Media Release

Fijian Female Police Officers Set High Standards In Liberia

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The four Fijian female police officers serving in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) are performing to high standards.  Fiji's representative at the UN Ambassador Peter Thomson met with the four officers yesterday in the company of the UNMIL Police Commissioner Gautam  Sawang.  Commissioner Gautam expressed his admiration for the work of the officers assisting Liberian National Police counterparts in rebuilding efforts in the wake of prolonged civil war in this West African country.

Three of the Fijian female officers are based in rural towns, while the fourth works at the UNMIL headquarters in Monrovia, Liberia's capital. They are part of a 30-strong Fiji Police contingent attached to UNMIL which is spread along the full extent of Liberia's 560 km Atlantic coast.

Based in the inland town of Voinjama, nine hours' drive from Monrovia and close to the border of Guinea, two Fijian policewomen have settled well into their duties.  UNMIL Inspectors Nadani Kisun and Sailila Miller both come from rural Fiji. Nadani Kisun hails from Narewa in Ra and was previously stationed as a constable at Tavua Police Station.  Sailila Miller is from Valebasoga in Macuata, and was serving as a constable at Dreketi Police Post before taking on her one year assignment with UNMIL.

Also with rural Fiji roots are UNMIL Inspectors Vaciseva Kuruleba and Selai Wacua. The former serves in the Liberian coastal town of Buchanan.  Her home village is Bukuya in Ba and she was stationed in Nadi Police Station before coming to Liberia.  Selai Wacua comes from the village of Lutukina in Macuata and was stationed at Labasa Police Station. She is currently working in the UNMIL's crime analysis unit in Monrovia.

Commissioner Gautam told Ambassador Thomson that Fiji's UNMIL contingent was performing to high standards and said he was very pleased with their discipline and positive attitude. He told the four Fijian female police officers they were a fine example of the established policy of the United Nations to increase the percentage of women working in the field of UN peacekeeping.  He congratulated them on meeting the many challenges set before them by service in UNMIL.

Caption for pic: UNMIL Police Commissioner Gautam with Fiji's four policewomen in Liberia