29 Aug 2007

Fiji Methodists shun regime over lack of democracy

2:04 pm on 29 August 2007

Fiji's Methodist Church is insisting that it will not deal with the post-coup interim administration because it is not democratically elected.

The Church has refused to pay the 265,000 US dollars it owes the state for the maintenance of the Ba Mission Hospital.

The Church assistant general secretary, the Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, says an illegal government is in power and the church will only pay the funds to a government that is elected and has the people's mandate.

His statement comes as the Methodist Church holds its annual conference in Macuata in Vanua Levu.

The Reverend Waqairatu also says the Church will not be making a submission on the interim government's proposed People's Charter for Change and Progress.

He has told the annual conference it should not be called the People's Charter because the interim administration does not have the people's mandate to propose such changes.