The Human Rights Protection Party

What is Good for Apia is also good for Savaii!
"O le mea e lelei i Apia, e lelei foi mo Savaii"

Jul 19

PM threatens to bring in palagi to do the work

MP: Lafaitele Patrick Leiataualesa and SWA CEO: Moefa’auo Titimaea.Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi intervened when angry accusations suggesting bureaucratic ineptitude and dishonesty - in at least one government department – were raised in Parliament on Wednesday night.

Tuilaepa told Parliament that Cabinet would look into the matter urgently and suggested that “palagi” from abroad could be brought over to get the work done as quickly as possible. Made by the Alataua West MP, Lafaitele Patrick Leiataualesa during the budget debate, the accusations were levelled at the General Manager of the Samoa Water Authority, Moefa’auo Titimaea.

They suggested that Moefa’auo was uncaring in that he did not seriously consider Lafaitele’s request for water for his constituency, and that he, Moefa’auo, was a “liar.” Asked for a comment yesterday, Moefa'auo declined. He said he would have to talk to the Minister first. Lafaitele had earlier told the House that the people of his village of Neiafu have been waiting for a long time for water as it was being drilled by the Samoa Water Authority.

To date, he told Parliament, they still did not know when they would have access to water. “Our people are dying from not having any water,” Lafataitele said. And then turning towards Moefa’auo who was in Parliament at the time, he said: “That is another person who is a top liar, Moefaauo. “I must have spoken to Moefaauo about a hundred times and still nothing has happened.”

Minister for the Samoa Water Authority, Manu’alesagalala Enokati Posala, rose and advised Parliament that the borehole in the constituency in question had been completed, and that water had been found. “But there is still more work to be done on testing it before we can start letting people use it,” he said. That assurance, however, was not good enough for the Alataua West MP who continued to vent his displeasure.

It was at that point that Tuilaepa took the floor and told Parliament he would convene an urgent meeting of Cabinet to get to the bottom of the water problem in question. “There have been way too many complaints of water problems,” he said, “and yet we have millions of tala coming in from the EU for water projects because we want people to get water.

“I don’t understand why (there is still not enough water.)” “So I don’t know what the problem is, but we will get to the bottom of this,” Tuilaepa told Parliament. “I am calling a special Cabinet meeting to deal with this.” He also said: “I am making this statement publicly because the person appointed to make these things happen is here, and I want to know why it is taking so long to do this.” And then clearly in a fit of frustration, Tuilaepa shouted: “If it cannot be done then we will ship in papalagi to do the work.”

Tuilaepa went on to say that if it was a problem with who would pay, then they should do the work and sort it out later. “It is important to get water to the people,” he said. “Do what the phone company does. Get the lines out and then people can pay and connect outside their homes.” Member for Aleipata Itupa i Lalo, Tafua Maluelue Tafua, asked the Speaker to strike out Lafaitele’s accusations against the GM “because he cannot defend himself and it is too strong.”

The Speaker then asked to have the offending remarks removed. MP Maualaivao Pat Ah Him of the Individual Voters somehow brought laughter to Parliament when he spoke about the need for water for the Falelauniu Development Project. He did this when he ended his address with his request to the government to build a “man-made beach (stretching) from Mulinu’u here to the Fish Market. “I am sure that will attract more tourists to our capital of Apia,” he said.

Author: Staff Reporter (Samoa Observer)
Print PDF

HRPP © 2011 - 2016. All rights reserved.