19 Feb 2014

Samoa's PM will not sack Finance Minister

6:19 am on 19 February 2014

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has dismissed suggestions by some of his party MPs to remove the minister of finance following the latest revelations in the chief auditor's report.

The report revealed in parliament mismanagement and abuse of power in the administration of the Samoa Land Corporation.

The Finance Minister, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, was closely involved with the corporation during a previous HRPP government.

But Tuila'epa says it's not a new issue because the caucus already decided through a vote that Faumuina would continue as Minister of Finance.

He also pointed out that only three MPs had voted against Faumuina as the Finance Minister.

The caucus vote, carried out last year, was done following allegations of overspending by Faumuina in the construction of his new ministerial office.

Tuilaepa says it's not appropriate running of a government by sacking ministers who make mistakes, adding he is aware of others who have also made mistakes.