16 Jun 2014

Samoa PM now opposed to vendors on footpath

4:07 pm on 16 June 2014

The Samoa Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has admitted he was wrong to support street vendors selling along the footpath in Apia, and now wants them to move elsewhere.

Last year, Tuilaepa said the police had better things to do than chase away street vendors.

But our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says Tuilaepa has now admitted he was wrong, and street vendors must move elsewhere.

"He said the walkways is for people walking, the road is for cars, and the markets is for people selling their goods. The government is speeding up all the preparations for the SIDS conference in September where all these vendors should be taken away from the walkway of the streets around Apia area.

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says the new Fugalei market was scheduled to open in March, but it still has no roof, and there's no word on when it will be ready.