23 Aug 2011

Fiji Methodist church leaders called into military camp last night

10:25 am on 23 August 2011

The Methodist Church of Fiji's conference, which was scheduled to begin today, has been canceled.

The Military's spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni confirmed the decision yesterday evening.

However, Lieutenant Colonel Leweni refused to give further details.

The Church's Assistant General Secretary, Reverend Tevita Nawadra, told Radio Tarana in Auckland, church officials were called to the military camp last night and told the meeting would now not go ahead.

"The reason, they had asked the President [Reverend Ame Tugaue] and the General Secretary [Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu] not to lead the meeting because they are involved in a court case, but then when we met, the church leaders decided we should carry on with our meeting in accordance with our constitution and that was for our president to lead."

Lieutenant Colonel Leweni had earlier made it clear that Reverend Ame Tugaue, Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu and executive Reverend Manasa Lasaro were not allowed to chair any of the meetings during the conference.