|Members of Fiji’s Methodist Church have been urged to make decisions on the draft People’s Charter independent of their leaders. National Council for Building a Better Fiji (NCBBF) member Adi Finau Tabakaucoro said it is disappointing to see the Methodist Church Conference reject the draft Peoples Charter without hearing those promoting it.“The General Secretary of the Methodist Church, Reverand Tuikilakila Waqairatu did not follow an important principle of democracy, which is that the church members must have the opportunity to hear both sides of an issue before deciding to take positions,” she said.
Tabakaucoro said the NCBBF has found out that many people are amused by the new moralistic and legalistic tone of the Methodist Church leadership. People will remember that the Methodist Church leadership had supported the illegalities associated with the coups of 1987 and 2000, and the abrogation of the Constitutions resulting from these coups, she said.
“Many people are asking: why the difference of position this time? The church should be consistent in its espousal of democracy and the rule of law.”