19 Oct 2017

Samoa PM due home from NZ health treatment Sunday

2:59 pm on 19 October 2017
Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Photo: RNZI Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

The prime minister of Samoa, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, is due to return to Apia on Sunday after receiving medical treatment in New Zealand.

Tuila'epa was flown to New Zealand by air ambulance two weeks ago.

Our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, said there's been little detail about the state of health of the long serving leader.

He said people have been kept in the dark since Tuila'epa was admitted to intensive care at Samoa's national hospital in Apia at the beginning of this month.

"Only statements from the government through the first secretary saying of the prime minister, there is nothing to worry about, the prime minister is doing well in New Zealand and he is sending his love and his best wishes to ev eryone here in Samoa."

"The latest that we have, the acting prime minister, Papaliitele Niko Lee Hang, who is the minister of works and infrastructure, telling the media here that the prime minister is looking forward to returning on Sunday," he said.