Government to pay for burnt flea market stall owners spaces at Chan Mow & Vaitele market

The gifts and souvenirs popular with tourists and visitors at the destroyed flea market

BY Lagi Keresoma

APIA, SAMOA: FRIDAY 22 JANUARY 2016: The Government will be pay for spots allocated to stall and shop owners who lost everything during the fire that destroyed the flea market at Savalalo last Saturday.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, during his weekly radio programme said, Government has approved paying for the spaces for these stall owners at the Chan Mow market complex at Saleufi, the Vaitele market and the temporary tents that will be erected on the place where the flea market was.

“Whether the stall and shop owners wanted to utilize these spaces or not, is their business,” said Tuilaepa.

He said there was a need for these people to redevelop and regenerate their economy urgently, and the only way to do that, is to start operation as soon as possible while plans for a new market is worked out.”

“Government will not pay for the lost goods, but for the spaces or spots for them to operate from,” said Tuilaepa.

The Opposition Party, Tautua Samoa suggested Wednesday this week that Government should use the 3% of the emergency budget to rebuild and redevelop the flea market.

Tuilaepa said there was no need to use the emergency budget as the market was insured and insurance will cover the whole project.

The Savalalo flea market was completely destroyed by fire last weekend.