Key Methodist Church leaders are being taken in and being spoken to by the military junta, worried they might be 'making trouble' at its conference at the end of this month.
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Lasaro says he stood his ground. "They know what the agenda is, that has been made known to them but they still wanted to make sure church members don't deviate. They said they have heard that there will be disturbances. I told them there have been no disturbances in any of the years the conference has been held."
About a thousand Methodist Church members are expected at the Suva conference in just over ten days. It will be the first time members will be able to hold a conference since 2007, when the military dictatorship banned the gatherings.
The junta is showing all the signs of being scared of its own shadow.
It yesterday urged the Methodist Church to 'promote unity and equality' with military spokesperson Colonel Neumi Leweni telling Fiji Village 'the RFMF has been reliably informed that there are elements within the church that have been planning to utilize the upcoming church conference to instigate instability.'
He said "the law will take its course if a member or delegate of the Methodist Church of Fiji conference engages in any unlawful activities".
Leweni said the church Secretary has been told the meeting will be cancelled should members deviate from the original agenda. Methodist Church Assistant Secretary, Reverend Tevita Nawadra, was reported as saying no political issues will be discussed in the conference.