19 Jun 2013

Samoa MP denies in parliament involvement in public tender

1:55 pm on 19 June 2013

Samoa's former associate minister of finance, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga, has denied in parliament he was involved in the public tender process for government projects.

Peseta, who owns a construction company, told parliament that none of the public funded projects has been awarded to his business in three years.

The MP, who is now the new associate minister for the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, also says for the sake of the country and his constituency, he was not removed from the ministry of finance because he stole any money.

Speaking during discussions on the next financial year budget, the MP says he was removed as a result of unfounded allegations by the opposition Tautua Samoa party.