11 Apr 2007

Fiji Methodist leaders fail to get Australian visas

2:16 pm on 11 April 2007

Reports from Fiji say Australia has refused to give visas to two former presidents of the Fiji Methodist church who planned to attend a funeral in Australia.

The two are the Reverends Manasa Lasaro and Tomasi Kanailagi who were expected to represent the church at the funeral of the former church president, the Reverend Peter Davis.

The Fiji Times Online report has no details why the visa applications were rejected.

But commenting on the decision, the head of the Citizens Constitutional Forum says, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says the two would have been most unsuitable speakers because of their nationalist behaviour.

The late Reverend Davis was known as a supporter of multiracialism and opposed church attempts to tie the Methodists to the Fijian nationalist cause.