19 Mar 2014

Information unforthcoming on health of American Samoa's US rep

10:42 pm on 19 March 2014

An American Samoa senator is calling for discussion on the health status of the territory's representative in the US congress.

The congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has been unwell since October but his office has not released any details of his illness.

Senator Galea'i Tu'ufuli says a press statement from the congressman's office two weeks ago said he was returning to the American capital.

But Senator Tu'ufuli says in the past week they received a communication from Washington, that the congressman was absent from two Pacific Asian sub-committee meetings, where he is a senior member.

He says Fono leaders should meet with the governor to discuss the situation.

"Nobody really has said anything to us from his office in Washington or his local office as to his whereabouts or the source or the cause of his illness."

Galea'i Tu'ufuli.

Faleomavaega's office in American Samoa says the congressman is in Washington but did not want to comment on his health.