31 Aug 2012

Samoan village still defiant in cash power meters issue

7:16 am on 31 August 2012

Cash power meters have yet to be installed in all but one of the homes in Samoa's Magiagi village.

The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, announced last week that Magiagi had agreed to install cash power meters in their homes, but this was later rejected by the village.

As a result, two senior matai were ousted for siding with the government in the dispute.

The village still insists it's entitled to free electricity or compensation for the use of its water resources to generate electricity.

Our Samoa correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, visited Magiagi village on Thursday morning and says just one home in the village has a cash power meter.

"You know after the installation of the first house there was misunderstanding in the village matais and the village council, and I think that's why after that house was installed with the first cash power meter, the cash power people left the village for them to sort out their problems."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says another village council meeting is expected this weekend.

A government spokesperson says the Prime Minister is currently out of the country, but will likely call another urgent meeting on his return.