21 May 2013

Samoan opposition MP criticises Finance Ministry resignations

1:52 pm on 21 May 2013

A Samoan opposition MP has criticised the resignation of the two Associate Ministers of Finance, days after 19 government MPs sent a letter to the Prime Minister calling for the Minister's resignation.

Afualo Dr Wood Salele from the opposition Tautua Party says the Finance Minister Faumuina Tiatia Liuga should resign after mismanagement in his ministry.

Faumuina's party members have criticised him for overspending on his office, for mishandling the plans of a new market in Apia, and have a long list of other accusations.

Afualo Dr Wood Salele says the Associate Ministers Peseta Vaifou Tevaga and Tialavea Seinafolava Hunt are the scapegoats for Faumuina's errors.

"The two Associate Ministers, have now in my view, become the sacrificial lambs for all of the Minister of Finance mismanagement and even if there are other new associate ministers to work for the Minister of Finance, I don't think it's going to be the same."

Oppostition MP Afualo Dr Wood Salele.