Samoans pay their respects to deputy head of state Tuiloma

People in Samoa have paid their last respects at the state funeral for former Samoan MP, Tuiloma Pule Lameko Gae'e held today in Apia.

The funeral was held at Parliament house led by Samoa's National Council of Churches followed by his burial at Alafua.

Tuiloma, a deputy head of state and one of the longest serving politicians and public servants in Samoa, died last week at the age of 83.

RNZI reports the state funeral was befitting of a man of his standing in the community.

Tuiloma has been a politician for over 25 years.

He was a public servant, one of the longest serving public servants because by profession he's an accountant.

Tuiloma was the chairman of the parliamentary accounts committee a position he held for many years in his life as a member of parliament.


Photo by Savali