The annual Methodist Church conference is going ahead despite the dictatorship regime's opposition to the gathering of members of the country's largest religious organisation.
This was decided by the Standing Committee of the Methodist Church, which met last Friday and refused to comply with the conditions in a permit issued by the regime.
This means the conference will go ahead in Rewa with the chiefly village of Lomanikoro being the main hosts.
Lomanikoro is the home of Marama Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, who is also the Head of Burebasaga confederacy.
Sources have told us that last weekend a few media outlets were prevented from broadcasting and publishing the fact that the conference will be held next month, when the regime's censors directed that the story be pulled out.
The conference will be held in the middle of August and sources say Lomanikoro has been preparing for a long time to host delegates and other members in terms of meeting facilities, providing accommodation in nearby surrounding villages, transportation and organisation of other activities normally associated with the conference.
The regime's dictator, interim prime minister and army commander Frank Bainimarama has publicly stated that the Church will not be allowed to hold its conference this year.
He also cast doubts as to the holding of the conference in 2010 saying the Church must remove political elements from the Church hierarchy.