Independence celebrations return to ‘Ele’ele Fou

By Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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54th Independence Day celebration at Tuanaimato last year.

54th Independence Day celebration at Tuanaimato last year. (Photo: File)

The Independence Day Celebration for this year will be held in front of the government building in Apia. This was confirmed by the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. 

Last year, the celebration was held at Tuana’imato. 

However, this year, all the activities of the special day will be held in front of the government building. 

According to Tuilaepa, this is not the first time an Independence Day celebration is going to be held in front of the government building.  “Back in 1991, we had the celebration in front of the government building so the idea to have it in front of government building is not new. 

“The reason why we are not having it at Tuana’imato is because the United Nations are moving to Tuanaimato. 

“This means that there will be a lot of offices and work done at Tuana’imato.”

Asked to elaborate on the plans for this year’s celebration, he said we will have to wait until it is closer to June. 

“We will discuss that when it’s closer to the celebration but we are looking at having more games like the Sevens, weightlifting and others.”

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