Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has paid tribute to the services of His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi as the Head of State for the past 10 years.
Tuilaepa heaped praises on His Highness’s dedication and commitment to the development of Samoa during a farewell dinner hosted by Cabinet at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel on Wednesday night.
The tribute comes as the nation prepares to welcome the new Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II today.
His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano and his Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo will take their oath at 3pm at the Parliament complex at Tuana’imato.
On Thursday night, Tuilaepa acknowledged His Highness Tui Atua’s work as well as his Masiofo, Her Highness Filifilia Tamasese.
He reiterated that His Highness’ appointment during the past ten years was the result of the secret whisper by the Holy Spirit to members of Parliament. As for his calling, this was God’s decision alone.
Tuilaepa paid tribute to Tui Atua not just as the Head of State but also a proud Samoan who has served as a Prime Minister, Cabinet Minister, Member of Parliament among many public roles he has held.
He described his exit by using a Samoan term, malologa manumalo (victorious retirement) which is commonly reserved for church Ministers.
“If God had called you to serve in all these high profile positions and yet you have remained physically strong, it means that perhaps there are other plans God will call you for,” he said.
“As for us who are sitting here, it is not long until we too will start preparing for our victorious retirement.”
The following is what the Prime Minister said in Samoan:
Lau Afioga I le Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese,
Avea ia lou leo e faaleo ai le faafetai a le Kapeneta e tusa ai ma lou tauaveina o le tofi o le Ao Mamalu o le Malo mo le 10 tausaga ua tuanai atu.
Fa’amalo foi I le galuega faafautua ma le lagolagosua faifaipea a le Masiofo ia Filifilia.
O le filifiliga o Lau Afioga e avea ma Ao Mamalu na fai e le Palemnene I le musumusuga lilo mai le Agaga.
Ae o le valaauina o lau Afioga e mai le Atua. Uma le uluai paeaiga o le tofiga, o le musumusuga lilo lava lea e tasi e toe tofia lau Afioga mai le 2012 -2017.
Tatou te momoli ai pea lava pea le viiga ma le faaneetaga I le faaaogaina pea o lau Afioga
Ua loa foi lau tautua e ala i tofiga mamalu nei o le faipule, Minisita, Palemia Sui Tofia, Ao o le Malo.
Ailoga e toe i ai se isi na te toe ausia ia matatia maoae ua e faatuina?
O aga na o filifiliga faitoatasi e le Atua. Aua e silasila le Atua I le Loto a o tatou vaavaai i le tino.
Le aso ua fofoga ai Samoa i lau malelega faamavae mo lau malologa manumalo e pei ona e malele I asi.
O a nisi valaau a le Atua mo le faaaogaina o lou Soifua tatou ave lea I uta.
Afai e tetele nei mea na tofia ai oe i ai e le Atua, ae o lena e te foliga malosi lava lona uiga atonu o loo iai lava nisi fuafuaga e toe valaau ai le Atua ia te oe.
O matou foi ia o loo nonofo atu nei e le o toe mamao ona matou tapenapena foi lea i la matou foi malologa manumalo.
Soifua. Ma ia manuia