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No Support For Kirwin, Says Chief Of Matuku

No Support For Kirwin,  Says Chief Of Matuku
Oni Kirwin Photo: Facebook
August 27
09:34 2015

Matuku chief Roko Alipate Baleilakeba said they did not support Mereoni (Oni) Kirwin’s idea of the formation of Christian States in Fiji.

The seven villages of Matuku – Yaroi, Natokalau, Qalikarua, Levukaidaku, Makadru, Raviravi and Lomati, he said, supported Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama-led FijiFirst Government.

Roko Alipate said he was surprised to hear from the Fiji Sun yesterday of Ms Kirwin’s involvement with the rebel group and the formation of so- called Christian States in Ra and Nadroga/Navosa.

He said he just wanted to clear the air that even though Ms Kirwan hailed from Levukaidaku village, it did not mean that the island also supported her campaign.

The people, he said, had already participated in the last general election and had made it known through their votes that they supported the FijiFirst Government and not any other group.

“We support the FijiFirst Government and no other government,” he said.

He asked why should there be a Christian State  when the Constitution clearly stipulated that Fiji was now a secular state. He said it was in  breach of section 19 (1) of the Constitution which states – “Every person has the right to freedom of association.”

A Christian State he said could mean that all citizens should be Christians.

The secular state means that we are free to join any religion of our choice. We are free to practise our religion as long as we do not impose it on others.

Ms Kiriwin now resides in an unknown address in Sydney, Australia. She has been posting articles in her facebook about the rebel group and the support of the Pacific Indigenous Samaritan Association which she claims to have formed it.

She received her primary education in Matuku at the Ratu Mocevakaca School in Yaroi village.



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