18 Jan 2012

Samoa minister makes threat in sharp verbal exchange

3:12 pm on 18 January 2012

A Samoan assistant government minister has used a parliamentary sitting to threaten another assistant minister with hitting him with an object.

Tuilo'a Anitele'a had taken exception to Peseta Vaifou referring to him as 'my son'.

Tuilo'a responded to this saying Peseta's matai title originated from his, that is Tuilo'a's village, so Peseta was his son.

Our correspondent says Tuilo'a was already upset because work on a road in his constituency had taken months to be completed.

Peseta owns the company that carried out the road construction before he entered parliament in last year's general elections.

Tuilo'a said Peseta refused to listen to his local knowledge in the building of the road.