Clear intentions spelt out today by the regime of what it next wants to move on - the Methodist Church - or game playing by the regime to stir people?
Land force commander Mosese Tikoitoga has told FBC that politics will be taken out of the Methodist Church to ensure the church plays its actual role.
The military spokesperson says there are a number of institutions which are political in nature and the Methodist Church of Fiji is one of them.
According to FBC, Tikoitoga says with the abolishment of the Great Council of Chiefs, "they will now turn their focus on the Methodist church."
“The Fiji Military Forces has depoliticised a lot of institutions, it’s trying to depoliticise the Great Council of Chiefs and that led to the dismissal of GCC and now it’s now trying to depoliticise the Methodist Church of Fiji.”
Tikoitoga says the Methodist Church has been politically affiliated with previous governments which is not their role.
Frank Bainimarama last week abolished the Great Council of Chiefs saying it was a colonial trapping that was no longer relevant in Fiji. He claimed the chiefs had become privileged and were no longer serving the interests of the people.
In a statement yesterday, the Fiji Freedom and Democracy Movement of Australia warned that further moves by the regime to 'decimate Fijian institutions' would lead to a backlash.
It called on the regime to reinstate the GCC and to allow key stakeholders to decide who should be appointed to the Constitutional Commission.