How fire could’ve started – P.M.

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia ,

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Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, believes the fire that demolished the Savalalo Market could have been started by someone who was not happy with his boss. 

“These days, bad people do things like that if they are not happy with someone,” the Prime Minister said.

“When they are (unhappy), they could start up something like that and it doesn’t end there. It spreads to the whole building…but things like this can be protected through insurance.”

The Prime Minister made the comment during his media conference where he assured that the government is doing its best to take care of the businesses affected.

Looking at the lessons from the fire, Tuilaepa said food stalls should not be housed together with handicraft stalls.

As for financial assistance, Tuilaepa said he has advised the Minister of the Samoa Land Corporation to work with the Development Bank of Samoa to assist the business owners. 

He said what’s important to the government is that there is a place where the business owners can rebuild and be given some money to restart. 

There were 293 stalls in the market and therefore, Tuilaepa said S.L.C should loan about $293,000 so that each stall owner is given $1,000 to restock. 

“Some of their assets are not that big,” he said. “It depends on the loan from D.B.S. with low interest.”

Tuilaepa also responded to suggestions from Tautua Leader, Palusalue Fa’apo II to utilise the unforeseen expenditure of about $14million in 2015/2016 budget. 

Tuilaepa said the expenditure has already been utilised and allocated to different Ministries. 

The Prime Minister said Palusalue should be aware of this.

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