#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Has the Methodist Church buckled?

Friday, July 31, 2009

Has the Methodist Church buckled?

There is uncertainty and confusion tonight regarding the status of the Methodist Church conference planned for Lomanikoro in Rewa, in a month's time.

In their major news bulletin late this afternoon, the pro-regime station Radio Legend FM said the Standing Committee of the Methodist Church decided at its meeting in Suva today that the Conference won't be held this year.

Legend FM quotes Church Assistant General Secretary, Reverend Tevita Nawadra, as saying (his voice was not aired), that members of the Standing Comittee are expected to go to Rewa tomorrow to inform iparamount chief, Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa, as is the tradition, the conference has been cancelled.

The radio station says the delegation would be led by former Church President and head of the Methodist Nadi Circuit, Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca.

Nawadra is reported as saying that earlier in the week they met with interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, and the Military Council to assure them the Standing Committee would discuss options to replace the format of the Conference.

Nawadra is furhter quoted as saying they assured Bainimarama and the Military Council of their support for the regime's effort to move the country "forward".

Meanwhile, during its six o'clock news this evening, Fiji Television reported that members of the Standing Committee declined to comment on the outcomes of today's meeting.