Top Methodist priest backed coup motives

  • 23rd June 2004
  • 2004
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Media reports that the Methodist Church supported the abrogation of the Constitution and the removal of the President.

Media also reports of a document, written by Reverend Tomasi Kanailagi, who was a former president of the church and now a senator, which reveals that the church supported the stand taken by George Speight and his group of rebels during the 2000 upheaval.

Mr Kanailagi’s letter of support dated 16 June 2002, to the Domo ni Taukei, a group that helped Speight secure Fijian support for the takeover said ” I wish to confirm to you my friends that there is no change in our support for the cause” (Sunday, p.1).

The letter was written on the church’s official letterhead and also called on Fijians to unite for the cause.

The media was unable to get any comments from Mr. Kanailagi and the church evaded the issue. The church president, Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca, said the church was now concentrating on social issues and not politics.