#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Church leadership tight-lipped about meeting

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Church leadership tight-lipped about meeting

The Standing Committee of the Methodist Church are remaining tightlipped about what was discussed when they met at Epworth House today.

The meeting was to discuss the cancellation of their annual conference by the interim regime.

The military sent an unsigned statement to the media on Saturday, stating that together with the police, they had decided that conference be cancelled because it was going to discuss politics.

Sources say at today's meeting, one of the proposals being discussed, was to allow Frank Bainimarama to address the August conference, in order for the regime to grant permission for the meet to go ahead.

Coupfourpointfive has been told that last week Bainimarama communicated with the Church leadership from Brussels, and ordered that former Church leaders Reverend Manasa Lasaro and Reverend Tomasi Kanailagi, be barred from participating in any activities of the Church.

Both Lasaro and Kanailagi are still members of the Standing Committee and are very influential in the Church’s decision making process.

Sources say the church leadership refused Bainimarama’s ultimatum, which led to the military and police cancelling the conference.

The conference was supposed to be hosted by Rewa, which is part of the Burebasaga confederacy and which Ro Teimumu Kepa is high chief.

Coupfourpointfive has been told that a delegation representing Ro Teimumu Kepa, paid a visit to Bainimarama today but it is not known what transpired at the meeting.

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