8 Mar 2021

Fiame calls Tuila'epa's move an election ploy

From , 6:02 am on 8 March 2021

There is a shadow hanging over next month's election in Samoa after an extraordinary decision by the prime minister.

Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi is setting up a commission of inquiry into allegations of treason and breaches of parliamentary standing orders by four members of the new opposition party, Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi, or FAST.

The four are former deputy prime minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, La'auli Leuatea Polataivao Schmidt, Faumuina Wayne Fong, and Olo Fiti Vaai.

Tuila'epa was upset because they were campaigning when he says they should have been attending parliament.

Fiame Naomi Mata'afa spoke with Don Wiseman, who asked what she made of it all.

Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa

Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa Photo: Dominic Godfrey / RNZ Pacific