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SODELPA ‘Uses’ Church

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has again hit the spotlight for allegedly using the Methodist Church in its constituency meetings. This is after the Fiji Sun received a call
15 May 2015 09:45
SODELPA ‘Uses’ Church
Members of the public during the SODELPA constituency meeting in Raiwaqa Methodist Church last night. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has again hit the spotlight for allegedly using the Methodist Church in its constituency meetings.

This is after the Fiji Sun received a call from someone who wanted to remain unnamed, that a scheduled meeting being organised by SODELPA was announced during their Sunday church service.

The caller also asked that the name of his settlement not be revealed.

Yesterday there were three constituency meetings organised by SODELPA; at the Raiwaqa Methodist Church hall led by Ro Teimumu Kepa; at the Methodist Penueli Church hall in Makoi led by Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, and at Nauluvatu Methodist Church hall in Samabula led by Ratu Isoa Tikoca.

National leaders of the Methodist Church, contacted for comment, stressed the Church remained apolitical.

The caller said the SODELPA should have made contact about the meeting through the settlement headman (turaga ni koro) but this did not happen.

He said, in his settlement, they had seen the way forward of the FijiFirst Government and they supported it.

Also the developments carried out by the Government had benefitted them, he said.

“There is only a very small group who are church elders that support SODELPA,” the caller said.

Meanwhile, the president of the Methodist Church in Fiji, Reverend Dr Tevita Banivanua had repeated the church was apolitical.

However, he said church members were free to join any political party they wanted as this was their consitutional right.

When contacted for comment yesterday, church spokesperson Reverend James Bhagwan said the announcement was normal and in this case, the announcement was for the congregation to know that their church hall would be occupied on that particular date.

“Anyone who wants to use it must book on another date,” he said.

He however reaffirmed that the church was apolitical and supported Government’s way forward.

Today another three meetings are being planned by SODELPA at Lami Koro Church Hall in Lami, Delaitokatoka Village Hall in Nasinu and the Fijian Teachers Association Hall in Suva.

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