Church demands apology

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the annual Methodist Church Conference meeting at Centenary Church in Suva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE

THE Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma has demanded an apology from a local media organisation that claimed the church declared its support for Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Secretary for communication and overseas mission Reverand Wilfred Regunamada said the media organisation took the church’s secretary for education’s speech out of context.

“They need to be professional and investigate more and get reliable information,” Mr Ragunamada said.

“They should know that the Methodist Church make up one third of the population. But we are grateful for them covering the event.

“After the Prime Minister spoke, the General Secretary posted a vote of thanks at the end of his quote ‘keimami na tokona tikoga na veiqaravi ni vuli’ (we continue to support education) all that was because of education he was speaking in that context.

“No one said we were supporting the Prime Minister.”

Mr Ragunamada said the meaning of what the General Secretary said was that the Methodist Church would support education.

“We are trying to enhance and stress the importance of education and that is where we stand. “We are demanding an apology. They are taking the whole thing out of context,” he added.

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