18 Aug 2009

Fiji regime halts Methodist choir competition

2:46 pm on 18 August 2009

A permit allowing Fiji's Methodist Church to hold its annual choir competition has been revoked by the interim government.

The church had planned to run the circuit competition indoors at its member divisions after being prohibited from holding it outdoors.

The Permanent Secretary for Information, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni, says the Methodist Church has disrespected the interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama's position on the church.

Lieutenant Colonel Leweni says it is disappointing as the interim regime's position on the church was one of noble intentions.

He says it has been established that church members with political intentions have been influential in the planning of the choir competition, which is a breach of the agreement made with the new administration at the Methodist Church Headquarters.

He added there would be no permit issued for any gathering welcoming delegates from overseas.