16 Apr 2010

Samoa government considers NGO disputes' tribunal

12:57 pm on 16 April 2010

Samoa's prime minister has called on the Samoa umbrella group for NGOs, SUNGO, to support good governance.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was speaking at the opening of a forum discussing the government's proposed casino gambling bill and the two commission of inquiries on the matai system and freedom of religion.

Tuilaepa reminded the participants of some cases in the past when bodies overlooked good governance.

He referred to the dispute within the Samoa Football Federation two years ago.

That led to the government introducing a sports dispute tribunal legislation to handle all sports bodies' disputes.

Tuilaepa said the same mechanism should also apply to NGOs, adding the government is considering amending the newly passed legislation to include disputes from NGOs.

The SUNGO President, Vaasilifiti Moelagi Jackson, says she supports the proposal.