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We Met ‘Pseudo’ Church Minister, Say Villagers

Villagers of Deladamanu in Naitasiri yesterday claimed that a man allegedly posing as a Methodist Church minister  conducted a funeral service at the village three weeks ago. The Methodist Church
01 Mar 2015 10:44
We Met ‘Pseudo’ Church Minister, Say Villagers

Villagers of Deladamanu in Naitasiri yesterday claimed that a man allegedly posing as a Methodist Church minister  conducted a funeral service at the village three weeks ago.

The Methodist Church had earlier warned people about the “pseudo” minister on their Facebook account, posting his picture.

The villagers identified the man in the picture as the same one  who came to the village.

Church president, Reverend Tevita Banivanua, said if the person was found, the church might report him to the police.

People have been asked to report him to the church if they had information about him. This, the church’s post said was to discourage him from continuing this “bad practice.”

Kelera Raiwasa, the man’s cousin in the village, said she was surprised when she heard him claim he was a church minister. She said she knew that he had not completed his theological studies.

“When he said he was a church minister I called my relatives back at Vatulele and they said that he was not so I advised him about what they had told me but he kept denying it and said that he was a church minister,” Mrs Raiwasa said.

Deladamanu village headman Osea Tikonatabua said they came to know about the individual through a Methodist church minister.

“The man had told us that he was serving at the Viseisei Methodist church in Vuda and he was getting paid $800 a month,” said Mr Tikonatabua.

The minister said he did not recognise the man, Mr Tikonatabua said.

“The minister consulted with the Davuilevu Theological College and they said the individual was not a minister. He then confronted him and he kept denying it.” Ministers only get ordained after they graduate from the college.

The Fiji Sun searched for him in Viseisei but no one in the village said they knew him. But a villager of Lawaki, close to Viseisei, claimed the individual was from Koro, Lomaiviti, with maternal links to Lawaki.

The villager, who declined to be identified, said  the man’s family had been living in Koro. The man, he claimed had been to the village and claimed he was a church minister.

Meanwhile, Rev Bainivanua confirmed that the individual was a drop-out of the Davuilevu Theological College having only spent two years instead of the three years required in order to qualify for ordination.

The Fiji Sun tried to track the man down in the West. Unconfirmed reports said he was somewhere in the Yasawas.

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