July 17, 2009 05:06:11 FIJILIVE
Fiji’s Land Force Commander Colonel Pita Driti has warned those who plan to go ahead with the Methodist Conference in August to be ready to face the consequences.
In an interview with FijiLive this morning, Colonel Driti said no one is above the law.
He maintained it does not matter whether the church changes the venue of the occasion – the conference will not be held.
His comments comes after reports that Rewa high chief Ro Teimumu Kepa said that the conference can go ahead in her province despite Government’s decision.
“You all are under Fiji’s jurisdiction. So whatever you do anywhere, you are still subject to Fiji Laws.
“The fact remains that we must obey the law and rules of the government of the day,” he reiterated.
Colonel Driti said those who violate the law “will face its full brunt”.
Meanwhile, the Methodist Church Standing Committee, the executive arm of the church, is meeting in Suva today to discuss Government’s decision to cancel their annual meet on the grounds of “national security”.
The committee was given the permit to meet based on certain conditions, including the non-inclusion of “political elements” – former presidents Reverend Tomasi Kanailagi and Reverend Manasa Lasaro.
Ulukobo Driti would be well advised to heed Ro Teimumu and the Church.
For those of you in Australia who can travel to Brisbane tomorrow…………………
Prominent Fijian democracy leader in Brisbane
Rev Akuila Yabaki, a Fijian Methodist Minister and head of the Fijian Citizens Constitutional Forum (CCF) will be speaking at the University of Queensland next Monday afternoon bringing a rare and highly informed view of what is happening and likely to happen in Fiji, now under a military dictatorship. The CCF has steered a path through Fiji’s coups of 2000 – 2001, again in 2006, and continues its work for civic and constitutional education, dialogue and reconciliation. At times, the organization and Rev Yabaki himself, have been subjected to attacks from several sides in Fiji politics.
Rev Yabaki’s talk on “Breaking the Cycle of Coups” will be followed by a question and answer session and commences at 4.00pm on Monday, July 20, on Level Two of the Joyce Ackroyd Building, Building 37, University of Queensland St Lucia campus.