The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that the president of the Methodist Church of Fiji Reverend, Ame Tugaue, and general secretary, Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, will not step down from their positions despite requests from some church members that they do so.
Tugaue and Waqairatu were asked to relinquish their authority because some members wanted the church to build a better relationship with the Bainimarama government.
The Methodist church acting general secretary, Reverend Tevita Nawadra, told FBC News the two ministers have told the church hierarchy of their intention to stay on.
“The president has written to the churches, the ministers and the superintendent ministers stating their position that they will continue to hold the offices of the president and the general secretary. So that is the decision they have made.”
Nawadra also confirmed that Police Commissioner Commodore Esala Teleni has cancelled their proposed meeting to discuss issues pertaining to the Public Emergency Regulations Decree and the Methodist Church meetings.
“Yes, it’s a sorry situation for us as both the Prime Minister and the Police Commissioner are both saying no to talks because we believe in talking as the most amicable way of addressing any issue but with what has taken place, we’re praying that hearts will open and that we’ll find the proper time to talk to each other and share our differences and our values.”
The Methodist Church has been banned from holding its annual conference and choir competition, which is the main money generating activity for the church to fund its administration.-Fiji Broadcasting Corporation