MP lodges complaint against PM for mispronouncing his name
By Aiga Tofilau
APIA: 20 SEPTEMBER 2012: The Member of Parliament for Gagaifomauga #2 Levaopolo Talatonu Afoa has lodged a formal complaint against Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malieleigaoi. The complaint has been lodged with the Attorney Generals office to investigate.
The complaint is directed at the way Tuilaepa pronounced the MP’s matai title Levaopolo and the MP is out to ensure that the PM is charged. In a press conference today, Levaopolo highlighted clause 2 of the Crime Ordinance Act 1961 where it says that “the use of any threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or whereby a breach of the peace may be occasioned.”
Levaopolo believes that Tuilaepa has breached this clause and has prompted him to act. He is complaining about the consistent use by the Prime Minister of his name as a joke every time he is interviewed on his live programme on the state owned Radio 2AP and Television.
“I am so ashamed to use the matai title that my family gave me,” said Levaopolo.
Levaopolo is a well known orators title and is literally translated as “between the balls”. In a letter of complaint he wrote last week to the CEO of 2AP Radio, Levaopolo said “the reference is clear as to the male organ between the balls.”
Levaopolo said that, Tuilaepa being the leader of the country should not ridicule or make fun of people or use strong words to describe a person. He referred to Tuilaepa’s recent interview where he called the matais of the village of Satapuala “pua’a elo”
Tuilaepa should realised that his words are “hurtful”.
Leader of the Tautua Samoa Party Palusalue Faapo 11 said the Party fully supports Levaopolo on his legal complaint.
Levaopolo is also considering legal action against the two radio stations Radio Polynesia and 2AP for broadcasting the PM’s live interviews, which gave Tuilaepa the opportunity to ridicule him and his title.
Levaopolo said he is not after money but justice. He will also raise the matter in Parliament when it reconvenes on the 23rd October 2012.