Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bainimarama maintains message to Methodists

Sai's Comments:
  • Let us never forget the faces of all the illegal and treasonous military personnel who are pictured in this meeting with their leader. They are the faces of those fully responsible for the illegal overthrow of a democratic government and the torture of innocent civilians.
  • Like in Chile, Argentina, Uganda and elsewhere, when democracy returns, as it surely will and must, their time will come to face up to their illegal and treasonous actions, without the comfort of their side arms in the case of Qilio, and long train of body guards for Voreqe.
  • Bye and bye they must and will, pay when their day comes.

Fiji Live - Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama finally met with leaders of the Methodist Church today, at the Epworth hall in Suva.

Bainimarama’s message to the church remained unchanged, as he urged them to stay out of politics.

Our reporter Solomoni Biumaiono was at the scene and filed this report:

“Bainimarama told leaders of the Methodist Church that government had not changed its position on church activities, or the involvement of the church in politics.

Military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni confirmed to FBC News that Commodore Bainimarama merely conveyed his government’s position, that the church should not be associated with political activities, but focus on spiritual matters.

As expected, the two parties discussed the government’s decision to ban the annual Methodist conference until 2014, as well as the ban on the church’s various circuit and divisional meetings.

The ban remains in place.

The PM led a delegation of top military and police officers to the meeting with the church leaders today.

The government delegation included the Police Commissioner Commodore Esala Teleni, the Navy Commander Francis Kean and senior military officers in Lieutenant Colonel Roko Uluilakeba Mara, Lieutenant Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho and Lieutenant Colonel Leweni.

The Methodist Church delegation was led by president Reverend Ame Tugaue, Rev Laisiasa Ratabacaca and all the divisional heads of the church.

Spotted among the Methodist church delegation were Rev. Manasa Lasaro, Rev. Tuikilakila Waqairatu and Rev. Tomasi Kanailagi.

The three were singled out by Government for trying to keep the church involved in politics.”

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