Monday, March 29, 2010

Church (in fact Military) has failed the country: Fiji PM

March 29, 2010

The work of reconciliation, fighting poverty and removing racism from Fiji has been taken up by the government, as the church has failed in doing this work, Methodist church leaders have been told.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama made the statement to church leaders when he met with them last week.

Bainimarama said the military had to step in to do what they did, as they saw that the church was failing to do its part, but concentrating more on politics.

He however promised church leaders that he would not intervene with the administration of the church as he did with the Great Council of chiefs – but the church must now look at how it can get back on track.

Bainimarama also told church ministers that some within their ranks, together with a number of chiefs in the country were acting as if they were God – expecting to be served by the people.

He said it was government, not the church or the chiefs, that would develop the country, but everyone could play a part in building the nation.

Meanwhile, the Methodist Church Assistant General Secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra has called on the government to provide proof of their current involvement in politics, saying government was talking about the past.

“The proof should be shown. There are so many allegations. We have been asking them to show us the proof that we are involved in that. If they are bringing old issues from a few years ago, that has passed.”


Island Chef said...

why do the Fijian people call Bainimarama a "prime minister"? I thought appointed himself one. He was not elected.

Sai Lealea said...

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".