10 Jan 2018

Samoa to crackdown on public servants working with relatives

2:06 pm on 10 January 2018

Samoan public servants will soon be forced to leave their jobs if they are working alongside their spouses or close relatives within the same ministry or government department.

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi conducting his weekly radio address.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told media yesterday that the crack down on relatives working within the police force was only just the beginning.

He said there was a Public Service regulation that did not allow such work situations but somehow it had not been enforced.

Tuilaepa said these kind of situations had caused problems in the past and should not be allowed to continue.

Recently, an Associate Minister of Prisons was re-assigned a new portfolio after it was revealed that his wife was also working within the Prison Ministry as an assistant chief executive.

Tuilaepa did not indicate what would happen to other affected workers.