The province of Rewa is all geared to host the Methodist Church conference next month, despite the interim regime ordering its cancellation.
Interim Prime Minister and Military Commander Frank Bainimarama told Radio Legend FM that he met Church President Reverend Ame Tugaue on Monday to reiterate the regime's decision.
But sources have confirmed to us that last Saturday the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa and other influential members of the province of Rewa, met the Standing Committee of the Methodist Church in Suva and relayed their wish that the conference go ahead.
Should this happen, it will put the Church on a warpath with Bainimarama who has also stated that the Standing Committee will now need a permit to hold future meetings.
Bainimarama was on Radio Legend FM (which has given him prominent coverage for two days) this afternoon saying the Church must remove political elements - namely Reverend Tomasi Kanailagi and Reverend Manasa Lasaro - from the Standing Committee if the Church wishes to hold its annual conference in 2010 and beyond.