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Assemblies Of God Church Head Cakau Says There Is No Mismanagement Of Funds

Homosexuality is a key issue that every church in Fiji is facing. We are at a point in time when this particular subject is staring in our faces. We have to face it now. The church has its perspective and its position.

Assemblies of God of Fiji General Superintendent Mosese Cakau. Photo: Shalveen Chand.

Mr Cakau said the investment plans, which included a luxury apartment hotel in Suva and a shopping mall complex in Koronivia had been moot­ed by the executive council.

An executive council has been formed with very capable people whose task is to look at this particular issue.

The council will present its report in 2020.

“We are waiting for our 2020 general council meeting,” Mr Cakau said.

“I cannot comment much at this point but at the council meeting, I will have the details concerning some of our plans that we have.

“There is a need to relook at it and for the decisions that we need to make at that council meeting.”

Mr Cakau added the church took mismanagement of funds seriously and this was definitely not the reason why the proposed investment plan was pushed down the line.

He said following the stepping down of former general superintendent Pita Cili, changes were made.

“There has been a change in leader­ship and we have made the changes last year. In August last year, the peo­ple elected new leaders through the general council elections and he (Pe­ter Cili) decided to step down as gen­eral superintendent,” Mr Cakau said.

“At this stage, we are trying to im­prove where we have been, where we have come from. The executive breth­ren are meeting at the end of Septem­ber, 2020, all our divisional councils will be sitting also to help us chart our way forward.

“We have gone through constitu­tional changes. Now we will develop a strategic plan and we are trying to implement that strategic plan in the stages that have been approved.”

The executive council is being head­ed by Dr Seru Rokosava.

And apart from the church’s invest­ment plan, the council will look at pressing issues.

Mr Cakau said these issues include homosexuality in the church, mar­riages and divorces, the threat from drugs, planting of yaqona and other social issues.

“Homosexuality is a key issue that every church in Fiji is facing. We are at a point in time when this particu­lar subject is staring in our faces. We have to face it now. The church has its perspective and its position,” he said.

“Similarly, the church is also looking at the issue of planting yaqona. While members are saying that it is for fi­nancial support, does that financial well-being come at the cost of moral bankruptcy?

“This council has been tasked to deal with those issues and come with a re­port, which will be endorsed in 2020 after discussions.”

The conference in Labasa ends to­morrow.

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