Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fiji Stops Pension Payments for Dissenters

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

By: Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

All Government pensioners who have been speaking out against the current Fiji Government will have their pension payments stopped from this week.

In an exclusive interview with FBC News today Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said a decree was passed last week stopping pension payments for pensioners who oppose the government.

Bainimarama said it has been his hope since he took over Government in 2006 that all citizens of this country work together to take the country to a new Fiji, unfortunately many, including some pensioners were still speaking against the Government. Bainimarama said payments to dissenting pensioners were stopped as soon as the decree was promulgated.

He said perhaps this would change their mind to support the Government in its endeavour to take Fiji forward.

And in another explosive revelation today, Commodore Bainimarama told FBC News that some Methodist church Ministers are currently being paid by the Fiji Police Force Special Branch to act as informers for the Police and the Military.

Commodore Bainimarama said Commissioner of Police Commodore Esala Teleni has confirmed to him that some Methodist Ministers were on government’s payroll and have been actively providing the Police and Military with information.

Bainimarama also told FBC News that Government has decided not to approve a permit for the Methodist Conference until 2014.

He told FBC NEWS that politics was still very much alive within the Methodist Church.

The Military commander says he does not see any reason why the conference should be revived considering the great amount of money that was collected last year without the conference.

Methodist Church of Fiji Acting General Secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra was in a meeting and told FBC News he will comment on the matter tomorrow.

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