21 Sep 2005

Samoa Party says it seeks to return integrity to governance

1:19 pm on 21 September 2005

A former Auditor General in Samoa says he hopes his new political party will restore the integrity of governance institutions.

Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong, who was lauded internationally after being dumped as Auditor General in 1995 when he exposed government corruption, has launched the Samoa Party to contest the next elections.

Su'a says the government took away the independence of the Auditor General's office and most recently has ignored an International Parliamentary Union report which criticised its treatment of the opposition.

"Things are not getting fixed and things are not getting better in Parliament and the government should be looking at these things it was responsible for weakening. Especially the institutions that were set up to monitor the integrity of the state in terms of public spending and all that stuff."