Church meet is to go
By MAIKA BOLATIKI
The Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma has finally been issued the permit to hold its annual conference, the Bose Ko Viti, this year.
This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun yesterday by church assistant general secretary, Reverend Tevita Nawadra.
“I can confirm to you now that we have finally received the permit for the Bose Ko Viti this year,” Rev Nawadra said.
“We are happy that the Bose Ko Viti will finally be held after a lapse of five years.”
On the agenda of the meeting, Reverend Nawadra said they were still finalising that, but the election of office bearers would surely top the agenda.
“We’re going to elect the new president before electing the general secretary and the assistant secretary.”
When asked about possible candidates for the church presidency, Reverend Nawadra said all senior padres would be eligible for the top post, however, this would be decided after a secret ballot involving 300 senior padres.
“Be reminded that we have been praying for the candidate to hold the top post and we’re optimistic, that with God’s help, we will elect the best candidate for the church presidency.”
In an earlier interview with the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua, he confirmed that there were strict conditions set out to be followed by the church.
One of the conditions is that the meeting should not coincide with the Hibiscus Festival in August and that it must last no longer than three days.
Another is that the conference takes place from 8am to 8pm each day and from Wednesday to Friday only. It must also be held at the Centenary Church premises.
The Church has been instructed that it may only discuss church matters and not political issues.
Reverend Nawadra confirmed they would honour all of what Government had wanted.
Police officers would sit in during the conference.
Commissioner Naivalurua said the reason why police officers would be sitting in during the annual conference was for them to monitor all that was being discussed.
The Bose Ko Viti would also discuss education and health issues.
Reverend Nawadra also confirmed they would talk about the church’s dairy farm at Navuso.
He said, because there would be no bazaar, they would also discuss how to meet the financial demands of the church.