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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bainimarama warned to stay away

The Marama Roko Tui Dreketi and the head of Burebasaga Confederacy, Ro Teimumu Kepa,
has warned interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama, is not allowed in Lomanikoro.

The Lomanikoro village was supposed to host the August conference.

When the military issued a statement banning the conference, the Standing Committee of the Church tried to diffuse tension with the regime, by extending an invitation to Bainimarama to address the conference.

However, according to sources, when Ro Teimumu heard of the proposal, she made it clear that Bainimarama should not set foot in the chiefly village and if he agreed to giving a speech at the Methodist conference, then it would have had to be at another venue like Nausori.

Sources say this message was conveyed to Bainimarama by Church President Reverend Ame Tuege and Secretary-General Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu when they met him yesterday.

But instead Bainimarama made it clear to them that as far as the regime, military and police were concerned, the Methodist Church conference was cancelled for an indefinite period.

The Methodist Church is the largest Christian denomination in the country with over 200,000 members.

It meets annually to discuss religious, national, political issues as well as to fundraise an average of $2.4 million to sustain its operations and activities.

5 comments:

  1. EnufDictatorshipJune 4, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    This is the DANGER of all this..the INDEFINITE period mentioned by Vore and his goons.

    Who are they to give us ultimatuma like this?

    I wish Ro Temumu just extend the invitation on her capacity as a high chief for the Methodist congregation to go to her province and meet and discuss issues that are vital for the maintenance and sustainability of our people, our culture, our faith, our blessings.

    If she does this, who knows what blessings will be bestowed upon the good province of Rewa for years to come. The people of Rewa led by an anointed high chief, who stood up to tyranny and dictatorship. God be the glory!!

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  2. I have said it and will say it once again-it is no use trying to talk to the self-styled Dictator because he is incapable of seeing the bigger picture!

    He is a very simple person and his only objective is to weaken the authority of the Methodist Church. Once he does this then he has total control of the country and can do what he has always been planning-that is to be the leader of this country and become rich until his death.

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  4. Yes, it would be a brave Roko Tui Dreketi to issue that invitation but if she did so, then she would be in the fine tradition of her ancestor, Roko Tui Dreketi (Kania), who extended the invitation to Rev William Cross in 1838, despite opposition from the Bau chiefs. That was a great step forward for the Lotu. Rewa lies at the heart of Fiji Methodism which makes this Conference so important and which in turn frightens the little men like Bainimarama and Leweni.

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  5. We really pity the present leadership of the Methodist Church; President Rev. Tugaue and Gen Sec Rev. Waqairatu. These two “boys” as passionately called thus by the two former Presidents are now left the buck passed on by their predecessors of the last and early this century.

    It is now time for these two post modern Leaders of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma (..eh…and Rabi and Kioa) to firstly, acknowledge their divinely mandate bestowed on them respectively as collective decision and blessings of the previous conference. Though they were rivalries for the top job during the last election, we have seen the brotherly cohesion they have marvellously jelled in to become a formidable Church Leadership and, politically untainted in extreme views and activity, yet, at such a time as this in our History. Apart from personal friendship, the two were College mates in Davuilevu and may have a “David /Jonathan” blood bond.

    Secondly, we beg, having reminded of their mandate to be, simply; more autonomously decisive.

    They must wake up to the fact that those who still call them “boy”, whether passionately or demeaning tone, are, with due respect, PAST Presidents. Yes, Presidents of the past. We are breathing today’s oxygen and eating today manna, not yesterday!

    We do not have to bore ourselves again by revisiting the indecisiveness of these two former Presidents during their respective watch. For the benefit of those who now ask; they may have glorified the evil act of the first ever Fiji Coup after that evil act was condemned by the then sitting President, and may have benefitted from the spoils of the 2000 Coup. Both, as supreme leaders of Fiji’s largest multiracial Church, unashamedly in Public proclaim their extreme nationalist views. This blatant and wilful act led to sorrowful incidences where out of the wood works rose extreme nationalist with Taukei patriotic doctrine in one hand and the Holy Bible in the other.

    Many assumed the umbrella of immunity, extended to the perpetrators of the first Coup covers them too. May be, but aren’t we Christians seek “immunity”, forgiveness, restitution from the Court of Heaven for our misdemeanours here on earth? Even lay Methodist Sitiveni L Rabuka found it within himself to seek this higher “immunity”. It is on record he publicly apologised on many occasions, seek forgiveness from our Indo-Fijian community, and probably forgiven by many.

    What’s holding these two Presidents back from kneeling at the altar of repentance they have, over the years, invited us to come to. If the altar of repentance is good enough for King David, a former Fiji Prime Minister, my cousins in Jittu Estate or Siberia, Labasa, and for the rest of us, then may be, just may be Spurgeon Snr’s may shame us all should we be so stubborn to a point on uselessness to the world:-

    "An unholy church! it is useless to the world, and of no esteem among men. It is an abomination, hell’s laughter, heaven’s abhorrence. The worst evils which have ever come upon the world have been brought upon her by an unholy church." -C.H. Spurgeon Snr.

    May be, we beg these two Presidents to gracefully resign from ALL church duties. Let’s formulate a generous retirement package for former Presidents to comfortably retire, other than reappointing them of lower posts best suited for many young and promising Talatalas. This would assist avoid the temptation of former Presidents lurking in a corner office, still ordering the “boys” around.

    And get that Methodist Conference up and running with invitation to the non-methodsit members of the Military council as observes, resource people or what ever, just get that conference back ‘cause Foreign Fijians wanna come home to spend and spend and spend Euro, US and Aussie and NZ dollars this August!!

    May be in the same conference the IG PM be reminded of the legacy his Methodist lay preacher Dad left for him to emulate. Let's begin some where in our journey back to sanity.

    Goodness, our children are crying every day for a solution!!

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