#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Fiji's military government rolls top Methodist Church leaders

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fiji's military government rolls top Methodist Church leaders

The ugly strongarm tactics of the military government of Fiji has surfaced again.

Less than 12 hours after meeting with Voreqe Bainimarama, senior ministers in the Methodist Church have asked their president, Reverend Ame Tugaue, and his general secretary, the Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, to step down.

The call for the Tugaue and Waqairatu to relinquish their positions follows yesterday's meeting between Methodist Church leaders and Bainimarama, where it was made clear the church had no place in politics and had to change its ways.

In sweetly-packaged niceties, the government spokesman, Neumi Leweni, yesterday urged church leaders in a statement after the meeting to "review the leadership and refocus on their core role and responsibilities."

He said: “The church needs to improve the management of its affairs from its overall vision, its day-to-day activities, and importantly its leadership style and how it is leading the flock. The church members deserve better.”

Leweni said Bainimarama and the government were not anti-church but the church needed to focus on the spiritual development of its members, instead of politics.

The threat seems to have worked judging from the move to get rid of Tugaue (pictured above) and Waiqairatu (right), although it might get a little bit messy to pull off.

FBC says acting general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra says the two reverends can't be constitutionally removed because they haven’t done anything wrong. The only option is for them to willingly resign.

Nawadra is quoted as saying: "I think they will be posted elsewhere. There’s nothing to charge them for misconduct. If you are removed from the church it means you’ve done something wrong as per the constitution of the church but as I am saying there is nothing as such like that. What the church would do is  relocate them elsewhere, that’s my understanding of it.”

There was a hint of what was to come today, though, at yesterday's meeting. In photos, the church elders looked put in their place and Bainimarama all omnipotent.

And there was a steer in Leweni's comment: “Prime Minister Bainimarama said the Government’s concern has always been with the few leaders of the church who have been and continue to be fully engrossed with politics."

But it may not end with Tugaue and Tuikilakila. It’s highly likely church ministers deemed ‘politically tainted’ such as Reverend Manasa Lasaro and Reverend Tomasi Kanailagi could also go.

FBC quotes Nawadra as saying Tugaue and Wanqairau have been asked to step down for the sake of the church.

“The only option for the church now is for them to willingly resign from their position. They were told of this last night and they requested that we give them time. They will go and pray about it, think about the consequences, and they will come back to the church and tell of their stand.”

Reverend Tugaue was elected president in 2008 after taking the most votes ahead of Rev Manasa Lasaro and Tuikilakila Waqairatu, to succeed Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca.

Editor's Note: Bainimarama pictures from Fiji Village (top) and Fiji Sun (bottom). The Atu Rasea picture under Tugaue shows Waqairatu (far left) in happier times - the swearing in of President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau last year. An earlier picture was not that of Waqairatu.


Anonymous said...

Picture says says it all.

Check out number 4 - ask yourself?

Would you buy a used car off this man?

Anonymous said...

God and HIS Kingdom don't take orders from the Devil!!!!!!!
The Head of the Church is Jesus Christ, and the body is the Church, and if you mess with the church, you are messing with the Head, and St. Paul was told, that it would have been better to kick against the Gourd or prick.
Vore has just kicked Jesus and His body.

Anonymous said...

Too good to be true that it was all talk day before. Outrageous that this is happening under the guise of so-called 'meeting',these goons have gone too far, and these two officials now being sent off to purgatory through no fault of their own. this military government better be ready to answer to st peters

Anonymous said...

where has fiji gone so wrong for this to happen to god faring people

Anonymous said...

god - fearing my ass they are all apostate ministers. They never had the truth or light in the first place otherwise they would know they should unite not divide to stand against the beast power. Move forward my ass.Pathetic losers calling themselves ministers. How do you say amen to God and the beast at the same time? From such, turn away.

Anonymous said...

What has happened to the earlier passion of the Methodist Church, the church that had the strenght to condemn this self appointed, power hungry johnny come latelies.
Where has that will and Might of God gone? what has really happened for these theologians to quit

Anonymous said...

Because the whoring mother church is now dictating terms through the military galoots while the whoring and fornicating daughter have been brought to heel as it should be. You all should not be surprised. It is written.