23 Feb 2012

Samoa govt minister's sand mining business under scrutiny

11:03 am on 23 February 2012

Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has lifted a ban imposed against a sand mining business reportedly owned by the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure.

The ministry has finally issued a permit for the business that is currently being run by the minister's wife.

According to the ministry's chief executive officer, Taule'ale'ausumai La'avasa Malua, it had been illegally operating before, without a permit.

The CEO told a local newspaper the minister's sand mining company was fined for the unlawful operation prior, and had been asked to apply for a permit

This happened before the minister had won in one of the two parliamentary seats for Safata constituency in last year's general election.