M.Ps fight over territory

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia ,

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FALEATA WEST: Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi and URBAN SEAT: Maualaivao Pat Ah Him.

FALEATA WEST: Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi and URBAN SEAT: Maualaivao Pat Ah Him.

The rivalry between Faleata West Member of Parliament, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi and Individual Voters M.P, Maualaivao Pat Ah Him, was hard to ignore in Parliament yesterday. 

The differences of opinion became very obvious when Maualaivao addressed the House about the founding villages of Faleata West. 

Addressing his supporters, Maualaivao said the developments such as the water supply at Moamoa fou are among the highlights for this Parliamentary Sitting. He also touched upon the needs of voters in Vaiusu and Elise fou. 

“It’s the same needs such as the roads,” said Maualaivao. 

“That is the same as Vaigaga and its roads. There are some roads that lead to the ocean which is good for sightseeing…but I thank Vaigaga as we had just met.”

But Leala took issue with this and challenged Maualaivao to resign. He said Maualivao was talking about villages, which are covered by his portfolio.  “It's not nice for me and my constituency to listen to him talk about the founding villages of my constituency,” said Leala. 

“You mentioned Vaigaga and Vaiusu, these are villages of my constituency. You only have about five or six voters from there.”

According to Leala he had met with the villages on Saturday and they had thanked him for the many works he has done.  “They said to me, Leala thank you so much for all the work you have done." “That is enough for this Parliamentary term but you can continue with those works in the next term.

I’m reminding the M.P that these villages are under my constituency." “You can talk about Alafua, Moamoa, Falelauniu and Tafaigata. That’s about it.” Speaker of the House, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao, reminded Leala that parts of the villages Maualaivao spoke about are part of the Urban seats.

Maualaivao then returned to the floor to say that he wanted to complete developments that have not been done by Leala as the M.P of Faleata West. 

But the M.P for Faleata East, Aveau Niko Palamo, was not happy.

Aveau told Maualaivao that he might be referring to Leala but he is also talking about his constituency. 

The Speaker of the House intervened. He said Leala and Aveau should be grateful that they have another M.P who is willing to help them.

But Maualaivao was unfazed.

“If you know you are worried and you know you will not return, don’t waste your time standing up,” he said.

In response, Leala said the word “worry” does not exist in his dictionary. 

“When I sleep I can barely wake up,” said Leala. “Only a worried M.P will talk about being worried. What happened is the M.P tried to transfer my voters but couldn’t." 

“Do you know that I have the most people in my roll for two Parliamentary terms.”

Leala said if Samoa was to vote, they would vote for him instead of Mauala. 

“Mauala you might as well resign!” 

Parliament continues.

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