Samoa MP

Samoa MP not ready to hand in resignation letter

In a media conference, La'auli said he received a letter from the speaker informing him that his verbal resignation in Parliament last Tuesday is final.

But the MP told reporters he will wait and see if a by-election will be called.

He said he is willing to run to prove his constituency is behind him with their full support.

Meanwhile the MP said he is now accepting the call from his Gagaifomauga number 3 constituency to establish a new political party.

Another dissenting Samoa MP sacked

Faumuina Wayne Fong had been critical of Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi's constitutional amendments that affect the judiciary and customary land.

Tuilaepa confirmed that Faumuina was made to quit at a caucus meeting last Friday.

The prime minister told reporters the Faleata urban seat MP was sacked because of his views against government policies.

Tuila'epa said the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) did not need that kind of MP.

Samoan MP resigns as suspension debate takes place

Last month the Gagaifomauga 3 MP accepted a decision from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi to leave the Human Rights Protection Part after a long-running dispute.

According to the Prime Minister, Laauli had breached party policy by not supporting a constitutional amendment for a new division of constituencies to be put in place for next year's general election.

More recently Laauli had been found guilty of misleading the House by a Parliamentary Committee over allegations regarding the sourcing of a generator for the country's new prison.

Samoan MP wants sacked judges investigated

During a parliamentary debate, Falealili East's MP Fuimaono Te'o Samuelu said the judges should be criminally charged if they were "dishonest in carrying out their duties and the oath".

The judges, Seveali'i Panapa Ve'e and Nanai Pologa Ioane, were stood down after an investigation by the Judicial Complaints Committee into allegations involving a decision in a case they were involved with.

Fuimaono said while he was grateful the judges were sacked, it was still not clear if they should be charged.

Samoa MP denies conflict of interest over tender process

The Associate Minister, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga, called a press conference on Tuesday to explain the controversial decision by the government's Tender Board to award his company the tender for the construction of the new Ti'avea airport.

He denied any conflict of interest was involved in the awarding of the contract saying the company's bid was under the name of one of his sons, who's a shareholder of the family company, which also includes his wife and another son.

Samoa's AG and police to be sued after MP's arrest

Last week the Associate Minister for the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga, was arrested and charged with forgery and falsifying documents.

His lawyer, Leulua'ialii Olinda Woodroofe says her client denies the charges and she has raised concerns over the way police and the Attorney General carried out their investigations.

The arrest comes a month after Peseta launched civil action against the Speaker of the House and two others regarding the dealings of an export company.