While the dictatorship regime has cancelled the solevu of the Methodist Church, the radical denomination, New Methodist Church has been granted a permit to hold its crusade in Suva next week.
The Church is headed by Atu Vulaono, younger brother of Police Commissioner Esala Teleni. Since December 2008, the New Methodist Church has been an integral part of the Fiji Police Force with police officers compelled to attend New Methodist Church service one Sunday in a month.
Vulaono has told the media he expects more than 20,000 people to participate in the Crusade. It has not been established if the Police Force will be part of this Crusade.
The last Crusade held in Suva almost three months ago say full participation of the Police Force.
Sources have told us that the 5 day Crusade cost the Force more than $150,000.
We can also confirm that the New Methodist Church, which holds its weekly Sunday service in Suva, has been hiring buses to transport its members to the service.
We can report that 70% of transportation cost is being paid from the Police Force budget.
If the transportation cost for a bus company comes to $2000, $1500 is being paid from the Force budget.
This practice has been prevalent for many months while ordinary men and women of the Police Force are in desperate need of increases to their salaries and allowances.