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Disregard Rumours, Rev Banivanua Built Own House, says Rev Vakadewavosa

Disregard Rumours, Rev Banivanua Built Own House, says Rev Vakadewavosa
Rev. Epineri Vakadewavosa
September 05
17:37 2017

Methodist Church newly elected President Epineri Vakadewavosa yesterday confirmed that no church funds were utilised in the construction of Reverend Tevita Nawadra Banivanua’s house.

Reverend Vakadewavosa’s confirmation is aimed to set the record straight following rumours that current church president Reverend Banivanua had built his house from church funds.

“No it is not true. That rumour was not true. He had built his house on his own accord. The rumour is not true,” Reverend Vakadewavosa told Fiji Sun.

“None of the church funds went missing. The church funds are an audited account. What was presented was an audited report. None of the funds went missing,” he said.

“The president has financed his own house with the help of his children who are well established with good jobs.”

Last month before the start of the Bose ko Viti final day, Reverend Banivanua said he had received word from his concerned wife that some church members were saying that he had used church funds to build his house.

“Word came to me that some people were asking questions as how I had built my house. People are claiming that I had used church money to build it, meaning the church funds that are missing. I humbly request people to stop circulating these rumours because they are not true,” Reverend Banivanua had said during the meeting.

“Police is here and this matter can be investigated. I do not know anything about the church funds and I did not take any of it or have ever taken any church money on credit,” he said.

Reverend Banivanua confirmed that the construction of his house was a family initiative with the help of his children who work overseas.

“I seek your forgiveness that I am speaking about this issue after I received the news from my wife who came crying to me. If people want to go and see the breakdown then they are free to do so,” he had said.

Reverend James Bhagwan reconfirmed that the rumours were not true and that the president had used his own personal funds to build his house.

“We have discussions on a project, on an official residence for the church president. The current president has been with his family building his house for his retirement, it is built by his family,” Reverend Bhagwan said.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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