30 Oct 2007

Samoa CEOs who did not join national fast last week could be sacked

3:59 pm on 30 October 2007

Samoa's Prime Minister says government CEOs who neglected to take part in the country's national week of fasting don't deserve to hold their jobs.

Last week was declared one of prayers and fasting before midday, as the country entered its cyclone season.

In a leaked letter sent to Cabinet Ministers, the Prime Minister said while fasting and praying are personal choices, top officials who failed to take part were acting against the government.

He noted that morning teas put on for visitors could be a particular temptation.

Our correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says most of the population made an effort to go without food before lunchtime, and some government officials have been known to shirk their duties in the past.

"The majority of the country support the week of prayers and fasting since it started way back in 1992, straight after those strong cyclones, Ofa and Val. You know, the prime minister has a very important point."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia.