Monday, April 23, 2012

Persecution of Methodist Church Continues under Illegal Regime

FBC News

Methodist Church wants answers from police
Methodist Church

Report by: Apisalome Coka/Maca Lutunauga
The Methodist Church is saddened that there was no good reason given when Police turned down their application to hold a meeting. The meeting was to be chaired by the Church president Reverend Ame Tugaue and General Secretary Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu.

They say police explained that the permit was rejected because of bail conditions applying to the two men. But according to the Assistant General Secretary of the Methodist Church Reverend Tevita Nawadra, after looking through the bail conditions, the reasons given by police is questionable.

“The very conditions have been sent to Totoqo and have been sent to the commissioner just for them to have a look because they are pointing to that there is nothing there to suggest that they cannot chair. We are hoping that they just explain to us that they are stopping us from our meetings”.

Police director Operations says a decision will be made soon on the application.

“The latest development is that the Commissioner of Police is considering the latest application that was made by the Methodist Church in regards to their Bosekoviti and the discussion is now going on with the Methodist church as usual to get all the agenda’s made known to the Police and the commissioner of Police is positively saying that he will consider and then make his decision on that so I will not dwell on other incidents that happen before however, this is the latest from the Police”.

The Methodist Church is still hopeful their Annual General Meeting can be held later this year, but this, too, will depend on police permission.

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