Monday, March 29, 2010

Church Awaits Word on Resignation Push

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Senior ministers within Fiji’s Methodist Church are awaiting a decision from their president Reverend Ame Tugaue and general secretary Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu on whether they will resign.

Church acting general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra told FijiLive that there had been no word from the two ministers since they were asked to step down last week.

The two leaders are yet to comment on their response.

Tugaue has been out of reach while Waqairatu has told FijiLive he is thinking about the matter and will comment later.

The move by ministers to seek a change in the church’s leadership came after a meeting last week between 130 elders of the church and Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

The meeting followed months of pressure from the government on the church to rid itself of politics.

Government spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni said Bainimarama made it clear to the leaders at the meeting that the government was not against the church but wanted to see it fulfill its primary function of maintaining the spiritual welfare of its members.

The motion for the church’s two senior leaders to resign arose at an emergency meeting of senior church ministers after the talks with the PM.

Nawadra said there was reluctance among some members of the leadership for a change however he said the decision to do so was later agreed to unanimously.


Island Chef said...

Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama is not a prime minister... he has not been elected

Sai Lealea said...

Again you are quite right Island Chef. He is not an elected Prime Minister but one installed illegally at the point of a gun after the 2006 Coup. Sadly he and his regime had manipulated all sorts of State apparatus including the office of Presidency, to gain semblance of legitimacy in order to call himself a Prime Minister.

In the eyes of the people of Fiji and world, he is no more than a dictator without any popular or legal mandate. Hence he is often referred to as well as the "Illegal Prime Minister".