Without a lot of fanfare, the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet discreetly congratulated their Minister in their own subtle way, behind closed doors.
Said M.P.M.C Chief Executive, Agafili Shem Leo;“Although our modest Minister did not expect his staff to present him with gifts to welcome him back and show our appreciation, we felt it would be amiss not to pay homage to the most distinguish, prolific and longest serving Prime Minister in our country’s history.”
And the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has appreciated the gesture complementing the M.P.M.C staff for their hard work and dedication.
He is also mindful of the constructive and not so constructive scrutiny of his long years of leadership, but he remains steadfast that Samoa is enjoying his administration’s hard labor of love.
“Compare our country now to where it was some 30 years ago.
“Let us not forget that we live in a world where finding fault in others seems to be the favorite blood sport,” said Tuilaepa.
“It has long been the basis of political campaign and it sells newspaper.
“But I have invested the best part of my political life in building up this our country and government.
“And I am far from perfect but I do think I am able, through the media, to deliver a good, simple, understandable message.”
Tuilaepa debut in the political arena in 1980 when he won the bi-election to represent the electoral constituency of Lepa.
And since then he has retained the Lepa seat for 25 consecutive years.
He served as finance minister in the Tofilau government of 1991 and 1996.
In 1996, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister.
And two years later in 1998, Tuilaepa succeeded the late Prime Minister Tofilau Eti Alesana who retired from parliament due to ill health, becoming the 6th Prime Minister of Samoa.
He has successfully led his H.R.P.P party to re-election in the 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016 general elections. And as they say, the rest is history…