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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Revelation: Ro Teimumu betrayed by Epeli Mataitini

The Vunivalu of Rewa and the chief protector of Marama Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Epeli V Mataitini, has confirmed that it was him who told the interim regime's security personnel how to arrest his paramount chief, Ro Teimimu Kepa, last Tuesday.

Coupfourpointfive can reveal that Mataitini has issued a statement saying it's time the Methodist Church and political parties stopped using the Vanua to advance their own political agendas.

He said yesterday the events of the past week had brought to bear the perils of over-stepping the evangelistic missionary work of the Church and using the mana of the Vanua to advance the political agendas of a few.

By saying "using the mana of the Vanua to advance the political agendas of a few", Mataitini is accusing the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi of using the Vanua of Rewa to suit her own political agenda.

Ro Teimumu was arrested by 16 police officers at midnight last Tuesday and detained for two days at the Central Police Station and then taken to the military cell at Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

She appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court last Thursday on charges of contravening Public Order Act under the Public Emergency Regulations and inciting her people and the Church members to hold the annual conference in Rewa.

Mataitini has been the Vunivalu of Rewa since Ro Teimumu was installed as Marama Roko Tui Dreketi five years ago after the death of her elder sister, Ro Lady Lala Mara in July 2004.

The chiefly village of Lomanikoro - home of the Roko Tui Dreketi and in this case the residence of Ro Teimumu - is inaccessible by road. The only way to get to Lomanikoro is by punts or small boats.

The way 16 police officers went to Lomanikoro in pitch darkness led many to suspect the regime's security henchmen had inside information.

Coupfourpointive can confirm police officers slipped quietly and unnoticed into Lomanikoro, went directly to Ro Teimimu's chiefly residence and arrested her.

The traditional warriors, or the bati protecting Ro Teimumu, were nowhere to be seen or heard.

As Vunivalu of Rewa, Mataitini is in charge of security arrangements for Ro Teimumu. But it's believed he chose not to organise any protection for the paramount chief that night.

Mataitini has been a supporter of the dictatorship regime. He was a member of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji and praised the regime and interim regime, Frank Bainimarama, during a meeting of more than 100 mostly insignificant chiefly title holders at the military barracks in December last year.

It was a failed public relations exercise in terms of garnering support of Fijian chiefs of substance for the regime.

Click to read the Vunivalu of Rewa's statement http://www.mediafire.com/?kj3zqz5nzno


Anonymous said...

Sounds like Judas in action here!!

mark manning said...


Beware the Ides of March !
Julius Caesar was betrayed by his own Senators, stabbed in the back, inside the Senate,during a session of the Senate, no less.

So this tin pot Chief has shown his true colours and will bear the mark of a traitor, just like Frank !

mark manning said...

He sounds more like an out and out coward, also like Frank Bainimarama and i would have to wonder, at what price ?
What was he offered in return for his cowardly betrayal ?
What instigated it, was he feeling inadequate as a man ?
Never trust a man in a skirt I always say !

Anonymous said...

This site used to be about a relative balanced perspective.

At what point did you duplicate RAW Fij's junk?

Anonymous said...

Frank Bainimarama might just sleep & never wake up....would'nt that be funny & all the Fiji loving people will say, 'aye, aye!!!"

Anonymous said...

At last a chief with the courage a speak out for a suppressed people. We the grass root people of Fiji have had our voices being suppressed far too long by the demands of the Vanua and Lotu. I am glad that the Vunivalu of Rewa has suddenly realised the difficulties the people have so long feared to speak out against. This is the begining of the change. We must remember we can no longer afford to put food on our very own tables, yet our traditional and spiritual responsibilitites continue to demand us to do so. A true breath of fresh air indeed.

Anonymous said...

When did the Fijian people became such pussies? Citizens of any other country if their leader is wisked away in the middle of the night as Ro Teimumu was by a tin pot junta would have immediately generated mass sitins at the court house or jail to show solidarity...sad

Anonymous said...

Mataitini is right about the need for the church to focus on the Gospel in general, and evangelistic mission work in particular.

But he is wrong on how best to go about that.

The first thing the church needs to do is get off its blessed assurance and "get into the game", so to speak. There is no better way to do that than the motivation of injustice that has invoked the rash of prayer, fasting and seeking God that we have seen of late. If it is the vanua that is in such a deep spiritual sleep before this, then what better way to wake them up?

The current spiritual feasting will inevitably lead to an encounter with God. And He will inevitably let it be known why He has allowed the current persecution when the time is ripe, when hearts are suitably humbled, and when ears are ready to hear.

One thing is for sure though, the church will not be able to display much servant leadership to its flock and to the people of Fiji if, like Mataitini and his regime, it cannot even demonstrate a basic ability to tell the difference between right and wrong.

This would not require the same kind of virulent opposition that you might see from politicians or activists. But anyone with any sense of self-worth, and justice, could not help but speak up and do something.

All the church needs to worry about after that is:

1. To make sure these actions were done in such a way that they were PART of its ministry to the people, not instead of it;

2. That like any other church persecution in history, this one would result in an INCREASE in the spread of the Gospel. If not, then essentially the devil has had a "free shot";

3. That it continues on after that from "strength to strength, and glory to glory" to get ever deeper and greater into the purposes of God on earth.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me why Mataitini and the Fiji Sun were not accosted for making political statements during a public emergency because of this?

Anonymous said...

It's Mataitini and Bainimarama who deserve prison and worse, the traitors!

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