Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Methodist Church Executives Meet This Hour - 13 January 2010

Executives of the Methodist Church of Fiji will meet this hour in Suva to discuss their next step after Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama announced earlier today that there will be no Methodist Church Conference in Fiji until 2014.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has today stressed that the decision now made by the government is final and nothing will change that.

Commodore Bainimarama said it is evident that the Methodist Church executives are not working with the government and the conference is not needed to collect funds for the church as sufficient funds were collected in the church circuits last year without having the conference.

He said it is also evident that the church executives want to continue to involve themselves in politics.

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Commodore Bainimarama also said they have information that confirms that some Methodist Church ministers were giving information on the military to the Qarase government.

The Prime Minister also confirmed that some Methodist Church ministers were on the police payroll as informers for the Police Special Branch.

He said they were on the payroll during the Qarase government period and after December 2006.

However, he clarified that none of the church ministers are now on the police payroll.

Meanwhile, the Acting General Secretary of the Methodist Church of Fiji Reverend Tevita Nawadra said they will meet at 5pm today to discuss the issue.

Reverend Nawadra said they never knew that the Methodist Church ministers were being paid to give information to the Qarase government.

He said all these issues will be discussed this afternoon.

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