Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Brave Former Methodist President Suspends Judgement over Return of Key Officials

Posted on Coup Four Point Five - 24 August 2011

Former Methodist president not surprised by return of key officials after conference stand-off

The 80-year-old retired Methodist Church minister who was applauded this week for standing up to police and military soldiers, says he has not spoken to any of the current officials so knows nothing about the service last night which reappointed Ame Tugaue and Tuikilakila Waqairatu.

Rev Tugaue and Rev Tuikilakila and more than 10 Methodist officials were reappointed at a service at Centenary Church in Suva, despite the three-day conference being scrapped by the illegal government who said it didn't want Tugaue and Waqaraitu to run the conference or to put their name forward for re-election.

In what is obviously a move by the unelected government to head off unrest and trouble, the Methodist Church hierarchy has been quietly returned to the ranks despite earlier protestations by Frank Bainimarama's mouthpieces.

Rev Koroi, a former church president, was hailed as an example this week when he told two soldiers and police officer who tried to take him to the QEB barracks supposedly to meet with the other church Ministers: "You'll have to shoot me first."

Rev Koroi says he has not spoken to Tugaue and co but is not surprised at the turn of events. He says the Church has its own Constitution and can do "what it wanted and has every right to decide what is right for them."

Told about the reappointment of Tugaue and Waqaraitu after all the drama over the Conference, Rev Koroi said: "The Church have their own authority and their own Constitution and I would expect it would do what it thought was right for itself.
"I need to understand the context of the decision before I pass judgement."
"We are just watching their reasoning's and their methods."
But Reverend Koroi says it's clear people have been left with a "conflicting understanding" of what is happening between the army and the Methodist Church.
Rev Koroi's stand against the regime came this week as a new group, Viti Revolution Forces, revealed it was behind the graffiti campaign denouncing Bainimarama as 'evil' and a 'murderer' who must go. The open and public defiance against the regime is a first.

Top Methodist Church officials reappointed as regime tries to head off trouble

Key officials have been returned to the most senior positions in the Methodist Church, despite the conference at Centenary Church being cancelled by the illegal regime.

The Fiji Times is reporting the Church was last night allowed to induct current president Reverend Ame Tugaue and general secretary Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu for another three years.
It says 11 executives were inducted in the special service.

The Church's acting general secretary Reverend Tevita Banivanua is quoted as saying the church was thankful for permission to have last night's service. He said former church president, Reverend Josateki Koroi, was also personally approached but "said he was not ready to attend that meeting".

The assistant general secretary, Tevita Nawadra, is meanwhile quoted as saying the service was a welcome service for church members, who had arrived for the cancelled meeting. "We were just about to finish our meeting when we received the call that they had decided we could go on with our service."
The Church General Secretary Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu is, meanwhile, being quoted by FBC as saying they will hold a press conference tomorrow regarding the statements made by Mosese Tikoitoga today about why the conference was cancelled.

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