Ex-Cabinet Minister shows his hand

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia ,

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FORMER CABINET MINISTER: Le Dr. Tagaloa Pita.

FORMER CABINET MINISTER: Le Dr. Tagaloa Pita.

Former Cabinet Minister, Le Dr. Tagaloa Pita, has put his name back in the hat for the General Elections.

During the Tautua Samoa Party press conference yesterday, Le Tagaloa revealed his candidacy.

In doing so, the high chief from Sili has called on his constituency of Palauli i le Falefa to vote for someone with “clean hands and a clean heart.” 

Former Finance Minister, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga is the M.P. for Palauli i le Falefa. 

A candidate for Tautua, Le Tagaloa said if the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P) returns to government after the election they would only make more promises like before. 

“My question to my constituency is, who will they elect to represent them in Parliament,” asked Le Tagaloa. 

“The answer is someone that has a clean heart and has clean hands.” 

Le Tagaloa was quick to criticise his opponent and the incumbent M.P. Referring to Faumuina’s resignation from the Minister of Finance portfolio, Le Tagaloa said this was the first time such a thing has happened in Samoa. He said this is the reason he has decided to run. He wants to make a difference and show Samoa how things should be done.

It was not possible to get a comment from Faumuina yesterday.

About political parties, Le Tagaloa said if H.R.P.P. does return to power Samoa will stay the same. 

“After 30 years, nothing has changed just more promises,” he said. 

“But if you vote and Tautua comes into government they will do all those things for the betterment of everyone.”

There are two other candidates for the constituency. They include National Health Services former General Manager, Leota Laki Sio and Tiatia Mapesone Mapuilesua. 

Le Tagaloa was elected for his second term in parliament at the 1973 general election. 

He is an honorary doctorate from Drew University in the United States. 

He was a member of H.R.P.P. and a Cabinet Minister for Economic Affairs and Post Office.

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