16 Aug 2012

Fiji Methodists wary about political issues during conference

7:17 pm on 16 August 2012

The Methodist Church in Fiji says not being able to talk about politics at its upcoming annual conference will be extremely difficult.

The military-led government has given the church permission to hold its annual meeting for the first time in four years, but discussion of politics will not be allowed.

The church's deputy general secretary, the Reverend Tevita Banivanua, says the church has always commented on issues of a social nature.

"We are told on one hand to discuss the constitution, which is political in nature, and the election and all this, and on the other hand we are told not to discuss anything political. So, we have to tread very carefully."

Reverend Tevita Banivanua says the church has encouraged its members to submit to the constitutional commission.