3 Aug 2009

Fiji Methodists tell Rewa Province of decision to cancel annual conference

6:19 am on 3 August 2009

Traditional heralds of Rewa Province will be dispatched tomorrow to inform their people of the cancellation of the Methodist Church conference they were to host this month.

It will be two months after the Fiji military and police issued a joint statement telling the church to call off the two-week long gathering scheduled for Lomanikoro, the home of the province's high chief.

Fiji Live says the sending out of messengers follows the visit to the village of Lomanikoro by a delegation of Methodist Church executives.

They informed the high chief, Ro Teimumu Kepa, of their compliance with the Government's directive to cancel this year's summit.

Ro Teimumu Kepa was arrested along with nine members of the Methodist Church earlier this month for insisting the conference go ahead.

It took the people of Rewa two years to prepare for the hosting of the meeting, the biggest on the Methodist Church calendar.

An announcement is expected later in the week on what they plan to do with the food crops, mats and other items the people had been preparing for the meeting.