Methodist Church meeting in Suva amid fears of unrest

Next week the Methodist Church meeting takes place in Suva. The Conference used to be an annual event but this  is first time it has taken place in three years because of a ban  imposed by the interim government.

The General Secretary of the Church Reverend Tevita Banivanua says being able to hold its conference, even under scrutiny and on a reduced timetable, is a step forward for freedom and its relations with the interim government.

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) has warned the Church not to deviate from the initial agenda agreed by Prime Minister

This warning came after the RFMF was reliably informed of plans to utilize the Methodist Church Annual Conference as a place to instigate instability

The Church has assured government it will not use the church conference to discuss political matters.  Banivanua says government observers are likely to be there to ensure church leaders stick to the agenda and avoid discussing politics

Assistant general secretary, Reverend Tevita Nawadra said ” I have personally given warnings to members that we will not entertain any political talk at the Methodist Church Conference.”

The conference will be held at the Centenary Church in Suva from August 23-25.


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