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By Keresi Nauwakarawa
The Methodist Church in Fiji has given its total support for the war against drugs in Kadavu.
However, its assistant general secretary, the Reverend Tevita Nawadra said their concern was the way investigations had been carried out on suspects.
Reverend Nawadra said the war against drugs in Kadavu happened simultaneously with the church’s celebration of the arrival of church missionaries at Yale in Kadavu.
Planned last year, the lighting of the torch to be relayed to all church circuits in Kadavu, was part of the celebration.
“The Tui Tavuki was involved in the lighting of the torch,” he said.
Reverend Nawadra reiterated the stand of the church in the fight against drugs in Kadavu.
“The church supports the fight against drugs,” he said.
Its clergy have joined the torch walk and Reverend Nawadra said their message would also cover the negative effects of drugs on people.
He recalled Pope John Paul’s quote – “We know very well that if there is no demand there is no supply. Prevention, as well as education in the meaning of values which make life worth living, and the deep sense of life, love and sex, will certainly lead to the reduction of this demand and as a consequence the supply of drugs will also diminish.”
Fiji Police Force spokesman Atunaisa Sokomuri, speaking from Kadavu yesterday, confirmed that the torch’s entourage had visited villages in the Yale and Sanima districts.
“They have arrived in the Tavuki district and are currently visiting villages in the district,” Inspector Sokomuri said.
He said the torch walk was an initiative of the Church and it had given its total support for the war against drugs..
Inspector Sokomuri said the supporters of the torch walk had swelled and was a morale booster in their campaign.
Reverend Nawadra said the church was optimistic that marijuana cultivation, trading and use would be eliminated with the help of God.
Inspector Sokomuri said the Fiji Police Force was grateful for the support shown by the church.