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SDA Church Members Steer Clear Of Clan Dispute

The Seventh-day Adventist Church at Nasaibitu in Wainibuka, Tailevu has dissociated itself from attempts to stop the building of a Muslim worship house in the village. Speaking on behalf of
26 Mar 2019 13:00
SDA Church Members Steer Clear Of Clan Dispute
Akuila Petero. Photo: Wati Talebula

The Seventh-day Adventist Church at Nasaibitu in Wainibuka, Tailevu has dissociated itself from attempts to stop the building of a Muslim worship house in the village.

Speaking on behalf of the church, Peceli Tamaisau, said they had no issues with fellow villager Akuila Petero, who is building the structure.

“We have nothing to do with what is happening in Nasaibitu. When we read in the paper that our church name was mentioned we were embarrased because that is not who we are,” Mr Tamaisau said.

“I want to apologise to everyone who would have been hurt because the name of the church was mentioned.”
Mr Tamaisau said there were those involved in the dispute who falsely claimed they were from the church.

“There are a lot of Seventh-day Adventist Church members in Fiji, but one must understand that the founders are different. So, whoever claimed that they are from our church is not true,” he said.

“We were building our church when the incident happened. We didn’t want to get involved because it was something that the particular mataqali (clan) had to deal with because they were from one clan.

“I believe that one must understand that everyone has the right to choose the religion that they believe in and that is why we do not want to get involved in this dispute.”

Mr Petero and his brothers (who converted) were assaulted when they were taking building materials to the site.
He said he would continue to build his house, which would also be a worship house.

He said some clan members claimed he was building a mosque, but he clarified that he was building his house, which would also be a worship house.

His namesake, Alipate Petero (Snr), said family bore no grudges against his namesake building a worship house, but claimed some clan members were against the
idea.

Mr Petero (Snr) said his namesake had every right to build his house, which would also be a worship house.
Earlier this month Mr Petero claimed members of his clan were unhappy with his decision to convert to Islam and even stopped trucks delivering building materials to his home.

He claimed they were abused and assaulted while carrying building materials to the house site.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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