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ANALYSIS: Ro Teimumu Hits Religious Road

Opposition and SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has been active on the religious front. She has been noticed at a number of religious gatherings. Ro Teimumu is a prominent member
09 Jun 2015 09:16
ANALYSIS: Ro Teimumu Hits Religious Road

Opposition and SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has been active on the religious front.

She has been noticed at a number of religious gatherings.

Ro Teimumu is a prominent member of the Catholic Women’s group. She has been for many years.

She has accepted invitations from other Christian churches, notably the Christian Mission Fellowship, Methodist Church and the Assemblies of God, to attend their meetings.

Last Saturday, she spoke at the Raising Sisters Conference prayer-breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Suva. She is a member of the group. She talked about her “Walk with God” and the challenges she faced as a politician (Parliamentarian and Leader of the Opposition and SODELPA).

It is understood that she also spoke about the events of the 2006 takeover. She was Minister for Education in the removed Laisenia Qarase’s SDL government.

Members of the Rising Sisters Conference are mostly from the Pentecostal churches.

Ro Teimumu is not only a politician but a high-ranking chief, the traditional head of Burebasaga confederacy (Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi).

While she gains spiritual strength from her attendance, she also gets noticed by church members. Her presence alone means a lot to them. It raises the church’s profile and motivates members.

It can also translate into political fortunes for her.

Religions still continue to play an influential role in the lives of many Fijians. The Secular State has not changed the constitutional provision that allows people to practise their religion as long as they do not impose it on others. So it’s business as usual as far as churches go.

Ro Teimumu may become the trendsetter for politicians because religions are still an untapped area. Religions have so much potential that could work in politicians’ favours. They may not engage directly in politics but they wield a lot of influence among their members.

Human history has shown that religion and politics cannot be entirely separated. Both are an integral part of the way we live as a community. Politics is how we order our common life. Religion is there to complement it.

The combination could find followers for Ro Teimumu.

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