Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last night issued a statement in response to a letter implicating him and two former Cabinet Ministers, Leafa Vitale and the late, Toi Aukuso. The letter has been making rounds on social media and blogs since last week. Last night, the Press Secretariat posted the Prime Minister’s response on the Government’s Facebook page. It is published below verbatim:
The following is a statement issued by the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi today in response to media inquiries into a letter posted on the social media implicating him and two former Cabinet Ministers Leafa Vitale and Toi Aukuso sentenced to jail for life imprisonment for the assassination of the late Minister of Works, Levaula Kamu.
Toi Aukuso passed away in prison in April 2009 while Leafa was released on parole for health reasons in 2010.
The letter is believed to have been penned by Tuilaepa in 2007 while the two men were serving their life terms. P.M. Tuilaepa’s statement;
“I have been told that the 20 year old letter was penned by a prisoner and it was proven at the time to be a fake."
“My officials are now revisiting the matter to reconfirm if this is the case. But this is the first time I have seen the letter and it’s a forgery."
“First, it’s addressed to Auelua T and as far as I can tell I am the only Auelua T. or Auelua Tuilaepa, so I can’t be writing a letter to myself."
“Secondly, the fake letter is also dated November 25th 2007 but I was not bestowed the Auelua title until 2015. And everyone who has read my writing, these are not my words because the letter’s contents are ambiguous and do not make sense to any sane human being. Even I am confused to what the letter is trying to portray."
“And even my signature is in question and a forgery."
“This is not the first time that some people have forged my signature and they were duly charged convicted and served time in prison."
“In the meantime, I am not fazed and remain firm that the truth will prevail and whoever is behind this sinister plan to incite and create chaos will face his day in court."
“My officials have been tasked to bring an end to this nonsense on social media. It is a threat to public security because when one’s reputation is slandered and defamed without just cause or proof, it will also impact the pride and integrity of families and relatives which may provoke anything to happen.”
The Prime Minister’s full response in Samoan to the allegations will be aired Wednesday evening on TV1 in his weekly Programme, “Taimi ma le Palemia” with host Toleafoa Pili Afamasaga.