26 May 2010

Fiji's Bainimarama visits Lau group, warns Methodists to stay out of politics

4:22 pm on 26 May 2010

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has been visiting the Lau group of islands where he is reported to have received an apology by local people for having opposed him after the 2006 military coup.

According to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, he has told the people of Ono-I-Lau that he understood that they supported the SDL government.

Commodore Bainimarama says the military did not dissolve the Great Council of Chiefs out of disrespect but to stop politicians from influencing and manipulating the body.

He says the Methodist Church has been urged to stay out of politics and clamp political influence from their midst but warned that he would step in and make the changes to the church if it was God's will.

Commodore Bainimarama has also urged public servants to get out of their offices and into the field among the people.