19 Aug 2006

Family home of Samoa Party leader destroyed by fire

7:06 am on 19 August 2006

The family home of the Su'a extended family in Lano Savaii was burned to the ground Wednesday night a few hours after the court decision removing a leading chief of the village, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui, from Parliament.

Villagers that the Samoa Observer spoke to all suspected that the fire stemmed from the court's decision which found in favour of Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong in an election petition against Mulitalo.

The court found evidence that Mulitalo committed bribery in the lead up to the general elections.

Su'a lost in the March elections by a wide margin to Mulitalo.

The Su'a family home located at Lotolano is where Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong stays when he is in Lano.

The court decision was issued during the day Wednesday and between 9 and 10pm, that night the Su'a residence was in flames.

Su'a told the Samoa Observer that he was both shocked and saddened by the turn of events.

He says he did not expect the people of Lano to resort to such behaviour.