Associate Minister of Finance says he resigned

Peseta Vaifou Tevaga

Peseta Vaifou Tevaga

APIA: MONDAY 20 MAY 2013: The Associate Minister of Finance, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga says he resigned ahead of the announcement by the Prime Minister that he and fellow Associate Minister Tiavalea Seinafo were terminated.

Peseta told Talamua that he tendered his resignation with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance ahead of last Thursday’s caucus meeting where some members of caucus wanted then Finance Minister to step down.

Peseta said he tendered his resignation as he couldn’t put up with the criticisms which also reflected on him as the Associate Minister of Finance.

During Caucus, the PM announced that both Associate Ministers of Finance were no longer. Peseta is reported to have retorted “Is this how it’s going to be that when Ministers come under fire from public criticism the Associate Ministers suffer?”

The second Associate Minister, Tialavea Seinafo is overseas and was absent from the caucus meeting where Finance Minister Faumuina Tiatua Liuga narrowly survived the challenge for him to step down.

Insiders report that despite the major issues raised in the MPs written petition, the PM only touched on the Finance Ministers $600,000 spending to refurbish his office at the SNPF Plaza and the Lexus car, which the PM said must be returned. Sources say the Lexus is one of several government vehicles the Minister was having for his personal use.

MPs queried the Minister’s lavish spending and that he seemed to be protected by the Prime Minister.

Faumuina lost three previous attempts to be the Deputy Prime Minister and shows dissention within the party ranks and senior Cabinet ministers.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa told the party after the last general election that this was his last term as PM and the MPs are holding on to his word. His choice of a transitional leader is already under heavy fire from his own party.

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Petelo

    Put Fiame Naomi as PM. I don’t know why Pierre Meredith is DPM. He only got there yesterday (2005). He is too young. The men are all about power. A woman will settle them all down to the real priorities in life. Her seat in Lotofaga is the safest seat in the country after Lepa.

    1. leaoa

      2005 is not yesterday, thats a long time ago, but that is exactly what this country needs is a PM that is younger than Tuilaepa, with vision and fresh ideas and a lot of energy and the right administration around him. I guarantee you Samoa will be running towards the bank. At the moment it can not get any worse. On the other hand we have a lot of people that are capable of being a PM. If they cant find one from the front bench, look to the back bench. There’s a lot of young ones there waiting to have a go. We are getting sick of these old farts leading the country with cave man ideas. Samoa need to snap out of this thinking habit of placing people in positions because of respect to an elder. That may work in the culture but not in parliament.

      1. Petelo

        Tuilaepa’s time is coming to an end. By his admission, this is his last term.

        However, the public sector reforms introduced under his watch over the last decade, has advanced Samoa exponentially forward. He may be old now, but his ideas and policies are very young and full of vitality for the country.

        For example:
        1. Deregulation of the financial and telecommunications sector, has resulted in greater liquidity in the finance markets and unheard of growth in telephone / mobile phone coverage for the country.

        2. The greatest accomplishment was getting rid of the debt-ridden Polynesian Airlines and making the deal with Virgin for an efficient and profitable airline, that isn’t a burden on taxpayers. Result: PolyBlue (now Virgin Samoa) returned a profit in the first year of operation. This leads me to…

        3. The unbelievable growth of tourism in Samoa under Tuilaepa’s watch. This was made possible mostly because of the Poly Blue/Virgin Samoa deal, which gave Air NZ some real competition for the first time and forced airline prices down.

        4. Although the accession to the WTO is criticised by those in business who can’t compete. In years to come, it will be remembered as a very important step for the stability of Samoa’s economy.

        5. The privatisation of Samoatel resulted in better service for Samoa and got rid of another debt-ridden State-Owned Enterprise.

        6. The Unit Trust of Samoa is a major step forward for Samoa’s economy, allowing for an innovative facility for public financing of infrastructure projects which doesn’t mean having to get another loan from foreigners. UTOS is small now, but in time it will grow (just like NUS in the 1980s).

        All those ideas above were unheard of back in the 1990s. Compare where Samoa is now to where Samoa was in 1981 when the HRPP first came to power. There is more consumer choice, more products, more food outlets, more shopping centres, more roads, most of the country has electricity and water. Back in 1981, people were queueing for bread at the shop because Samoa had a massive balance of payments deficit and nobody would loan any money to us, so the ships bypassed the country.

        1. Tyler

          You almost forgot the biggest achievement which should be at the very top of your list….unheard of until hrpp came to power….assassinated politician and corruption …..

          1. Petelo

            Ia, ua leva ga kaofia Leafa ma Toi. What more do you want?

            Those who break the law, go to jail. His death sentence was only commuted by the then Head of State, the late MT2.