Rev Fotofili claims FWC in Australia has split, accuses successor of starting new church

    In the picture: Rev Dr Havea and members of Free Wesleyan Church in Australia attend luncheon after the Dr Havea’s first religious service on Sunday 2. Photo/Facebook

    Disgraced Wesleyan minister Rev Matafonua Fotofili claims the Tongan Free Wesleyan Church in Australia has split and accused his replacement of starting a new church.

    Rev Matafonua Fotofili claims the new Superintendant of the church in Australia, the Rev Dr Siotame Havea, and his followers had broken away from the church he was leading.

    Dr Havea was appointed by the FWC’s 92nd conference in Tonga to take over from Rev Fotofili after he was found guilty of misconduct for his role in the collapse of the Pulela’a church.

    Rev Fotofili and some followers did not attend a prayer service conducted by Dr Havea on Sunday, August 2.

    Speaking to the Tongan Radio programme SBS, Rev Fotofili said Dr Havea and his followers had defected from the church he is leading.

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    He said the Tongan Free Wesleyan Church in Australia was still operating according to the Australian law.

    He claimed Australian law did not allow people from other countries to interfere with church matters in Australia.

    He said he and his followers were accountable to the Australian Conference and that they would continue to run the church as normal until a decision was reached on a legal challenge they had launched against the Tongan conference’s declaration.

    However, when he was asked on SBS whether he was accountable to the conference in Tonga or Australia, he said he was accountable to the Tongan conference.

    He then said the church’s General Trust in Australia had decided to delay responding to the call by the Tongan conference for him and his colleagues to return to Tonga and attend a counselling service as ministers without ministries.

    Rev Dr Siotame Havea and two other ministers were called by the Tongan conference last month to replace Rev Fotofili and his colleagues.

    Rev Dr Havea’s first religious service in Australia on Sunday 2 attracted an almost full house, with hardly any spare seats.

    Prosecution

    During the Free Wesleyan Church’s 92nd conference in Tonga last month Rev Fotofili, Rev Sione Mataele Pinomi and Rev Viliami Tu’akoi launched a legal action against a decision not to give them ministries.

    They were told to return to Tonga and  they had to work under the scrutiny of the President and attend counselling services.

    The decision was made after the conference was told the reverends had mismanaged the church’s properties in New South Wales. They were found guilty of professional misconduct by a team of investigators led by the Church’s Secretary General, Dr Tevita Havea in 2014.

    The Australian-based ministers launched the legal action after claiming they were not given a reasonable opportunity to respond to their accusation.

    However, Dr Havea reportedly said they were given the opportunity to respond,   but instead hired lawyers in Australia to reply to the charges laid against them.

    The FWC conference also announced last month that the church would take legal action with Australian authorities against the lawyers hired by the ministers, saying they misinformed the church’s headquarters in Tonga about what actually happened in Australia after the Pulela’a church was liquidated and sold by Westpac bank.

    The main points

    • Disgraced Wesleyan minister Rev Matafonua Fotofili clams the Tongan Free Wesleyan Church in Australia has split and accused his replacement of starting a new church.
    • Speaking to the Tongan Radio programme SBC, Rev Fotofili said the FWC’s appointee, the Rev Dr Siotame Havea, and his followers had broken away from the Australian church.
    • He said the Tongan Free Wesleyan Church in Australia was still operating under his leadership according to the Australian law.
    • Rev Fotofili, Rev Sione Mataele Pinomi and Rev Viliami Tu’akoi were found guilty of professional misconduct by a team of investigators led by the Church’s Secretary General, Dr Tevita Havea in 2014.

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    1. Kuo pehē ʻe he faifekau Uēsiliana ko ia ko Matafonua Fotofili kuo mavae ʻa e Siasi Uēsiliana ʻi ʻAositelēliá pea ne tukuakiʻi kuo fokotuʻu siasi foʻou ʻa hono fetongí.

      Naʻe tukuakiʻi ʻe Faifekau Fotofili kuo mavahe ʻa Faifekau Dr Siotame Havea mo hono kau muimuí mei he siasi ʻokú ne lolotonga tatakí.

      Naʻe fokotuʻu ʻe he konifelenisi ʻa e siasí hono 92 ʻa Faifekau Dr Havea ke ne fetongi ʻa Fotofili hili ia hano ʻilo ne ʻikai taau ʻene fakahoko fatongiá ki muʻa pea mo e hili e mole ʻa e ʻapi siasi ko Pulelalaʻá.

      Naʻe ʻikai ke kau hake ʻa Fotofili mo ha kau muimui ʻe niʻihi ki ha houa lotu ne tataki ʻe Dr Havea ʻi he ʻaho Sāpate ko hono 2 ʻo ʻAokosí.

      ʻI haʻane fakamatala ki he Polokalama Letiō Lea Faka-Tonga SBS ʻa ʻAositelēliá naʻe pehē ʻe Fotofili kuo mavahe ʻa Dr Havea ia mo e niʻihi ko ia ne nau kau hake ki he lotu ʻi he ʻaho Sāpaté.

      Ne ne pehē kuo mavahe kinautolu mei he siasi ko ‘eni ne lesisita ko e Siasi Uesiliana Tau’ataina ‘o Tonga District Australia.

      Naʻá ne pehē ʻoku tali ui ia mo hono kau muimuí ki he Konifelenisi ʻAositelēliá pea ʻe kei hokohoko atu pe kinautolu ai kae ʻoua leva kuo mahino ʻa e tuʻutuʻuni ʻa e fakamaauʻangá ki he ngāue fakalao ne nau fai ʻi Tongá.

      Ne ne pehē foki ʻoku tuʻutuʻuni ʻe he lao ʻa ʻAositelēliá ʻoku ʻikai ngofua ki ha kakai mei ha fonua muli ke kau ʻi ha meʻa ʻa e siasí ʻi ʻAositelēliá.

      Neongo iá, ʻi hano ʻeke ange ʻe he SBS pe ʻoku nau fakaongoongo ki he konifelenisi ʻi Tongá pe ʻAositelēliá ne ne pehē ʻoku nau kei fakaongoongo pe ki he konifelenisi ʻi Tongá.

      Ka ne ne pehē naʻe tuʻutuʻuni e talāsiti lahi ʻa ʻAositelēliá kia kinautolu ke tatali ʻa hono fakahoko e fehikitaki ʻa e konifelenisí ke ne foki ange mo ʻene kau faifekaú ki Tonga ʻo hoko ko ha kau faifekau taʻe maʻu potungāue mo kau ki ha kauniselingi.

      Naʻe ui foki ʻa Dr Havea mo hano kau tokoni ʻe he konifelenisi ʻo e māhina kuo ʻosí ke nau fetongi ʻa Fotofili mo ʻene kau faifekaú.

      Naʻe hake ʻuta e fuofua malanga ʻa Dr Havea ʻi he Sāpate ne toki ʻosí pea ʻikai kei maʻu ha sea ke nofoʻi ʻe he kau maʻu malangá.

      Fakaʻilo:

      Lolotonga e konifelenisi hono 92 ʻa e Uēsilianá ʻi Tonga he māhina kuo ʻosí naʻe fakahoko ai ʻe he kau faifekau ʻa ia ko Fotofili, Sione Mataele Pinomi mo Viliami Tuʻakoi ha ngāue fakalao ʻo fakafepakiʻi e tuʻutuʻuni ke ʻoua ʻe ʻoange haʻanau potungāué.

      Naʻe fakahā ke nau ngāue fakaongoongo ki he Palesitení mo kau ki ha kauniselingi.

      Ko e tuʻutuʻuni ni ne fakahoko ia hili hano fakahā ki he konifelenisí naʻe pulehalaʻi ʻe he kau faifekaú e koloa ʻa e siasí ʻi Niusauelé. Ne toe fakahalaiaʻi kinautolu foki ki he hia ko e pauʻu fakapalofesinale ʻe ha taimi fakatotolo ʻa e siasí ne tataki ʻe he Sekelitali Lahí Dr Tēvita Havea ʻi he 2014

      Ka ne ngāue fakalao atu ai ʻa e kau faifekaú ni ʻa ia ʻoku nau peisi ʻi ʻAositelēliá pea taha ʻi Vavaʻu ki he tuʻutuʻú ʻa e konifelenisí ʻo pehē ne ʻikai ʻoange hanau faingamālie feʻunga ke ʻomi ai haʻanau tali ki honau tukuakiʻí.

      Kaekehe ne līpooti foki ha fakamatala ʻa e Sekelitali Lahí ʻo pehē ne ʻosi ʻoange honau fakaingamālie ke ʻoange ai haʻanau tali ki he siasí ka ne ngāueʻaki ʻe he kau faifekaú ni ia ha kau loea ke fakafofongaʻi kinautolu.

      Ne toe fanongonongo foki ʻe he konifelenisi ʻa e SUTT he māhina kuo ʻosí ai pē ʻe fai ʻe he siasí ha ngāue fakalao ki he kau maʻu mafai ʻAositelēliá fekauʻaki mo e kau loea ne fakafofonga maʻa e kau faifekaú ni he mahino ne nau talahalaʻi e ʻuluʻi ʻōfisi ʻo e siasí ʻi Tongá fekauʻaki mo e ʻū meʻa totonu ne hoko hili e mole ʻa e siasi ko Pulelaʻá ʻi hano faʻao mo fakatau atu ʻe he Pangikē Westpac.

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