23 Aug 2012

Spat over cash power meters in Samoa may be resolved

8:12 pm on 23 August 2012

A dispute between the Samoan village of Magiagi and the Government over electricity appears to be coming to an end.

Village representatives have told Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi they have agreed to install cash power meters in their homes.

Magiagi had asked government for assistance in paying their outstanding electricity bill which now amounts to millions of dollars accumulated over 14 years.

Tuilaepa told them this is not easy as other villages also have outstanding electricity bills.

He says the matter will be left to appointed committees representing government and the village to negotiate.

The village also asked if sacked village mayor, government representative Tuiono Leto'afa Keni can be reinstated and this was immediately granted.

The two parties agreed for cash power meters to be installed starting from tomorrow.