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Bainimarama Calls for Sacking of Church Ministers

June 3, 2009

We are informed that the meeting between illegal Prime Minister and dictator Bainimarama, and the Methodist President and General Secretary has ended with Bainimarama firm in his decision that the Methodist Church will be banned from holding its 2009 annual conference in Rewa. However, Bainimarama and his military junta have demanded the sacking of both Rev Lasaro and Rev Kanailagi before permission may be given for the Methodist annual conference to proceed.

Imposing on the Church to get rid of two of its senior Ministers shows the warped and pathetic strategies that Bainimarama and his junta employ. Bainimarama has reduced to a personal level some genuine and serious concerns of the Church based on important principles and high moral ground. Unable to face the truth and justice, Bainimarama is now so corrupted by power that he foolishly believes his regime can survive on oppressing the people and depriving them of their basic rights and freedom. And the fact that the President and General Secretary of the Church have attended a meeting with him has no doubt, given dictator Bainimarama the false hope that he has Church under his thumb.

We urge you to think again Bainimarama. With the strong undercurrents of opposition against your regime, the Church has done you a favor in its pursuit of peace and in giving you an opportunity for an amicably negotiated settlement.  You have chosen of your own free will to spurn the Church’s efforts and you may have just shut the door on dialogue and an amicable settlement.

Even if Rev Lasaro and Rev Kanailagi were to go tomorrow, others will stand up in their place for the Church’s principles and high moral grounds. The Church is accountable to God for the people. In trampling on their dignity, you and your regime have been the cause of the Church standing up and speaking out. How the whole nation would have benefitted if you had heeded the call for justice, rule of law, and an early return to democracy. Of course, that would have meant that you and those who have been responsible for the 2006 coup would have to account for your action. Instead of showing us the courage of your conviction, you have chosen to drag the nation and the people through oppression, the denial of their basic rights, poverty and economic hardship. Bainimarama, may God have mercy on your soul.

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  1. EnufDictatorship permalink
    June 3, 2009 8:03 AM

    This is what the other world leaders should know about…the bulldozing, oppressive, dictating tactics of the DICTATOR is NOT FUNNY ANYMORE!!!!!

    Where’s the voice of the Catholic Church? the Anglican Church? the Pentecostal Church? all CHRISTIANS to condemn this idiotic and EVIL suggestion by someone who STOLE POWER AT GUNPOINT!!!!!

  2. June 3, 2009 8:20 AM

    He should be reported to the Pope! Matai la na lai va poposi kei na Pope…no shame you Pig with Mrs Pig in tow!!! Kaisi o iko kei na nomu kawa.

  3. NadroKid permalink
    June 3, 2009 8:41 AM

    You are correct Admin

    Even if you remove Rev Lasaro and Kanailagi, people like Rev Koroi (who unlike the two previously mentioned has opposed all the coups since 1987) have and will still speak the truth which is not very flattering for the army.

    In fact Rev Koroi is on record telling it just like it is in the article titled Koroi condemns ‘lazy’ army by FREDERICA ELBOURNE in the Fiji Times of Friday, February 15, 2008

    A METHODIST minister has called for the dissolution of the military and labelled the institution as one that comprised lazy, non-productive members who spent most of their time polishing shoes.

    Reverend Josateki Koroi said he outlined this in his letter to the National Council for Building a Better Fiji when he turned down the invitation to join.

    “The coup is based on a robbery philosophy. It’s like stealing from a bank to set up a school,” he said.

    “If they want to create a better Fiji, then Frank (Bainimarama) and his army should grow their own food and produce food in their own villages. That’ll make a better Fiji. The faster they do this the better.”

    Mr Koroi claimed the army did nothing “all day, everyday” which led them to pick up their guns and frighten ordinary civilians.

    “They don’t produce anything yet they receive hard-earned money. The army should be dismissed and their members sent back to the villages where they can farm and produce something for their family. They shouldn’t be allowed to depend on people’s money.

    “In fact, they should not be paid. They don’t deserve any wages. The Bible says the labouring people should be honoured and fed, and the lazy should not be fed,” he said.

    After he declined the invitation to the council, Mr Koroi said he was surprised at a second invitation to join an arm of the council. “I was invited to join the second working group in the good governance task team,” he said.

    Mr Koroi was asked to join the working group on institutional and public sector reform.

    “I didn’t agree with the philosophy of the charter. The whole thing is illegal. The charter is trying to create a new Fiji. I don’t believe a coup can create a new Fiji. Only God can create a new Fiji and it’s our responsibility to respect that,” he said.

    Mr Koroi said the interim regime wanted to abolish the identity of Fijian people and recreate Fiji into a non-racial country.

    “I don’t know any country in the world that doesn’t have its own unique people. What part of the world has no indigenous people? God made all his people distinct from those of other countries, from India, China, New Zealand and Australia and Fiji is no different. The different people of each country are to be respected for that,” he said.

    He said it was “totally blasphemous” to deny God’s creation from being indigenous people of their country.

    “A better Fiji will be built on righteousness, hard work and good governance,” Mr Koroi said.

    Mr Koroi said another reason he rejected the invitation to join the council and its working group was because of the interim regime’s philosophy that might was right.

    Military spokesman Colonel Mohammed Aziz questioned whether Mr Koroi was speaking as a military officer. “If so, does it apply to him also? He served in active service and remains on the Retired Officers list. Officers do not resign unless they wish to be decommissioned,” was all Colonel Aziz said.

  4. June 3, 2009 10:07 AM

    Sorry for the defamitory comments above, but this man just makes me want to put a gun to his head. I am not supposed to be the judge and jury because we have the ultimate judge who will bring to justice everyone on the face of this earth including me, but I am so angry [uuurrrrrggghhhh!!!!] at the oppression and intimidation this dictator is bringing upon me……oh! when will this hurting stop!!!!

  5. meme permalink
    June 3, 2009 11:15 AM

    This is pathetic……here they go gain…”BULLIES”

  6. meme permalink
    June 3, 2009 11:20 AM

    They sounds like antichrist to me….

  7. Mark Manning permalink
    June 3, 2009 2:55 PM

    @ a given point in time, Frank is bound to suffer either a heart attack, cardiac arrest or a stroke ( cerebral haemorrhage ), and that will be the end of that !
    The Lord works in mysterious ways .

  8. Asgrocky permalink
    June 3, 2009 10:08 PM

    EnufDictatorship Says:
    “Where’s the voice of the Catholic Church? the Anglican Church? the Pentecostal Church? all CHRISTIANS to condemn this idiotic and EVIL suggestion by someone who STOLE POWER AT GUNPOINT!!!!!”

    Yes, why indeed are these other denominations not standing up and speaking out against the illegals. The churches of all people shud know where they are at, at this time in biblical prophecy to recognise this evil element and crush it’s ugly snakey head. Mada Mary must be very angry with wayward daughter Little Miss Methody. She must be brought to heel and learn to obey orders to know who is de boz. Come to mummy and be quiet, very quiet, we don’ wanna upset papa the seven hills have eyes and ears papa know what you do.

  9. Ropate permalink
    June 4, 2009 12:34 AM

    Bugler Leweni’s statement today to the Fiji media published today confirms that the military suffers from cargo cultism when he said “citizens must be convinced that Government would not be swayed by anything and would not allow elements to destabilise the country and detract from the vision of building a better Fiji.” I mean we as humans have realistic and unrealistic visions. Our powers of reason allows us to distinguish between the two. And that is what’s lacking in the military, the power of reason. They are all brainless, so full of themselves that they cannot see beyond their egoistic narccistic noses. There is no greater time and place where the serenity prayer is most applicable. ”
    Oh God, grant me the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

  10. June 4, 2009 12:58 AM

    oilei, the over promoted lewena, sa tukuni koya ga mai na lala peruperu ni qavokavoka…….. enjoying fully the benefits of this coup and yet vosavosa va vuku tiko. sejiseji nut…..

  11. Isalei permalink
    June 4, 2009 2:47 AM

    The regime in its charter fully promotes the principle of separation of the church and politics and must remain so. What they are accusing the church of is mere hearsay or heresay! These people running the military council and military regime are acting like real gossipmongers, lala na qavoqavoka, there is no solid ground on which to base their accusations against the church, just what their paranoia minds are fearful of.
    Well church, yours is the voice of reason, the conscientious objector and voice of justice at this time. To all our Reverends, or those who have this title before their names, it is time to stand up and be counted, me yaga ka dina kina na i tutu sa lumuti oqori. Keimamai sa wawa tu na lewei Viti, this will be a clean up of the evil in our midst that has been responsible for all the coups in Fiji – soldiers and their guns, the greed and envy of those men in green, not satisfied with merely protecting our elected leaders, they want to extend their hands into the till also and to share in the loot! Your rewards await, as we can only watch and await your demise! The church must not bow down to evil and injustice, it must be stand up against it! The rest of us, can only fast and pray until the call to stand comes. Sa kena gauna Viti, God has allowed all this time to pass to test our loyalty to him and to clean up/out all those who continue to sit on the fence.

  12. Free Fiji permalink*
    June 4, 2009 3:32 AM

    Vinaka Isalei momona dina

  13. Vero mai Yata permalink
    June 4, 2009 4:42 AM

    O au qi mata kania hara ga na Vore.

    Me lei kana droko – osi me qei lai homu na kea dra

    kodaki na ji.

  14. kingrat permalink
    June 4, 2009 4:46 AM

    fuck your father in the graveyard Voreqe. soory i just cant hold it back and if anyone who does not like this you also go jump in the river

  15. Isalei permalink
    June 4, 2009 5:07 AM

    The church should also make its own ultimatum to the wanna be illegal government, tell the military to go back to the barracks and do what it knows best while it waits for the real police to clean up the mess and haul those that have dragged this nation down to the abyss of lawlessness, into prison. Sa rui sivia na vakasala nei rakasala, how can the vore talk about the need to cut out politics from the church when he is indulging in it himself, when he has no business over it. Sa rauta mada na pretend tiko, pretenders like o la na dau qiridramu o lewena, sa da rairai qase totolo mai ena levu ni lasu, kei na viavia vakilakila ni da sega ni kila e dua na ka/da!

  16. C.I.A permalink
    June 4, 2009 5:24 AM

    Great… just joined the movement
    http://solivakasama.org/

  17. Frida permalink
    June 4, 2009 5:51 AM

    Maaaan – this one is really cuckoo. How can he be calling for a sacking of a church leadership? He must know some how that the church is the final straw that will break the camel’s back. It is the church that should be calling for his sacking along with his troop.

    The methodist church leaders should stand tall as they are the only one now speaking out for the majority who have lost their voice after the Easter weekend of 2009. Many people, including those who are not Methodist church followers are relying on the church leaders to lead us forward. At least with you, we know where we could be heading – a safe and peaceful place.

    The Methodis Church leaders efforts in the past few weeks reminds me a lot of the words of Theodore roosevelt when he said
    “It’s not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with the sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again;who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause and who at best knows the triumph of high achievement andwho at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat”.

  18. Asgrocky permalink
    June 4, 2009 7:03 AM

    Is the conference going to go ahead or what? What’s the go? Why is the church reply delayed? Tentative? Doubting Thomas is not around, is he?

  19. Peace Pipe permalink
    June 4, 2009 7:04 AM

    The pig is spoiling for a real fight. Its a dare from his side to the big force of the Methodist institution. Its so many times bigger than his puny army of 3,500 men against the 200,000+ methodists plus the other denominations most of which oppose the coup. If he gets through with this it will hand him the biggest prize in his hunting trophy room.

  20. June 18, 2009 12:44 PM

    vinaka…au via vakavinavinaka vei keda kece sara ena soli vakasama eda sa mai cauraka oqo.ia na noda tagi kena vutugu lo voli sa kila tu na kalou ia meda vosota ka sa kena gauna talega meda na duri ka vala taka na dina kei na dodonu.kesa rawa vua(vore)me sogota na kena tabaki se cauraki na kadina mai vei ira na volai tuku2 erawa talega vei keda meda yalovata ka duri ka tukuna na kadina mera kila na leqa eda sa mai sotava tu oqo.vei vore nanuma mo tiko dei voli?…nanuma na tagi ni vanua ena kani iko mai vakamalua meka na nuku ni na seyavu tiko yani ena mata ni cagi.waraka namaka tiko ena qai vakarua taki tale na cici mai baba ia qo sa na cemuri iko na sicini ni dakai.sarui sivia nomu vosa vore laucai va vo,oiko vore,vata kei nomu lawa2 ni lai vei kuburi tu mada ena ruku ni dua na vunimaqo me kilai kina na tawa ni vakasama

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