19 Jun 2007

Fiji's Methodist Church says its mandated by God to speak out against interim govt

7:18 am on 19 June 2007

Fiji's Methodist Church says it is mandated by God to speak out against the interim administration's plan for a People's Charter for Change and Progress.

The comments on Fiji TV came from the assistant general secretary of the church, the Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, on Fiji TV as he faced criticisms from the interim prime minister.

Commodore Bainimarama says the Reverend Waqairatu should preach the word of God and stop misleading the congregation with his comments against the interim administration and talking of the deposed prime minister's nationalist agenda.

Commodore Bainimarama says Methodist Church leaders are deliberately misleading their followers for their political agenda.

But the Reverend Waqairatu says the People's Charter lacks a Christian element and is a recipe for social disaster.

He says he is not inciting the people but telling the nation what the church believes it is hearing from God.

The Reverend Waqairatu says they have been called as prophets of the nation not to isolate themselves but to speak about important matters in the political and social context.