Executives of the Fiji Methodist Church, are meeting today to discuss the banning of the church’s annual conference by the military and police.
The conference was to be hosted by Rewa and the high chief of Burebasaga confederacy, Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa.
Ro Teimumu was the third highest ranking minister in Laisenia Qarase’s Cabinet from September 2001 to December 5th 2006 when Commodore Frank Bainimarama and the military executed the 4th coup.
On Saturday May 30th, the military's media unit issued a statement written in the Fijian language and on an army letterhead saying both the military and police had decided that the Church conference scheduled for August could not go ahead because political issues will be discussed.
Yesterday interim Defence Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau told Radio Legend FM news that the Church leadership would have to await Bainimarama’s return to the country to discuss the issue with him.
Sources say the powerful standing committee of the church are meeting today at Epworth House, the church's headquarters, to discuss the issue and whether or not they should seek an audience with Bainimarama in his capacity as interim Prime Minister.
Bainimarama, who was in Guyana and Brussels, arrived in Fiji yesterday and has not said anything publicly on the issue.
Editor's Note: Read letter from military cancelling the Methodist Conference on right of blog.