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Letters To The Editor, 3rd November,2015

Letters To The Editor, 3rd November,2015
November 03
10:30 2015

Men of God

George H Keller , Tamavua

“That thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God” (1 Tim 3:15).

It is important that those who occupy official positions in the Church shall be worthy, and that they fittingly “behave themselves in the house of God.”

The minister should be without reproach.

His name should be like ointment poured forth.

He should be “temperate,” using the word in its broader sense; he should have his temper, his speech, his feelings, his appetites, under complete mastery.

He should be soberminded – not long–faced, but serious, reverent.

He should be apt to teach; gentle, not contentious.

He should be well spoken of among those who are outside.

Other church officers are under scarcely less holy sanctions.

Deacons must be grave, not double–tongued, not greedy for money, holding faith in a pure conscience, and living a blameless life.

Holiness becometh God’s house, and all who are active in its affairs should be reverent, sincere, and worthy examples to all who look to them as their leaders.

Unfit behaviour in official church members hurts Christ’s cause.

Note: Because a few bad apples fall from the tree, does not mean that those that remain are also bad.

Have faith in your Church leaders.

There are countless who truly serve the Lord with honour.

 

Long wait

Keith Gregory, Lautoka

The Bainimarama government has again shown its action-based policies by validating squatters home leases at long last.

I often have got sick of seeing friends with no title to the land their homes are on or often exploited by landlord who can only be described as parasitic in every low meaning of the term.

Often I was involved in arguments where this “person” would show up and demand rent from “tenants”.

As they were squatters themselves they had no legal entitlement to do so with rents often way out of proportion to the absolutely shabby state of the dwellings rented, sometimes these buildings had no footings and often one fuse between four dwellings with an overhead line to the landlord’s house.

One thing my electrician father showed me was what a fire hazard looked like and not by surprise a friend of mine living in an area near Suva reported electrical fires in all the rooms rented.

At last the end of the road for this type of cruel exploitation is ending.

I am very happy to see what happened in Field 40 and urge the powers that be in no uncertain terms to now stop these animals who are exploiting poor people by charging rent when they should have never done so.

In ending I ask all those who were in previous governments, where were you in the 90s when I was seeing oppressive landlords without title exploiting often poor people and single parent families?

Your inaction was noted then … and now.

 

Misinterpretation

Amenatave Yaconisau, Suva

I refer to your article titled ‘SODELPA misinterprets SG’s advice’ (FS 30 /10/15).

Its worrying that various power brokers in our system are interfering with the Secretary-General’s role in the administration of parliamentary affairs as stipulate in section 79(3)(4) of the Constitution.

In the performance of her duty she shall not be subject to any person or authority except the Speaker, a Court of law or prescribed written law.

The SG’s advice is obtained only upon request according to section 116(2)(a) of the constitution.

It’s not in concrete.

These are just undignified and inefficient aspects of the Constitution where attempts are made at escaping the strict constitutional requirements provided in favour of the rank and file of the power system.

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