For the second time in one week, the Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, yesterday apologized to the government causus for the contriversial financial decisions he had been accused of.
He said he was sorry, he was wrong, and that he had learned his lesson.
He was speaking at the second caucus meeting held at Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi's office.
The first meeting was held on Friday last week. In that meeting, the causus was to vote on whether or not to dismiss Faumuina from his post.
Three voted for removal, seven for a reshuffle, ten to keep him, and Faumuina retained his position.
Faumuina also apologised to the party.
This time, the meeting was called by Tuilapea. It apparently did not have a known agenda.
But then again Faumuina was the centre of attention.
And as it had been expected, “he took the opportunity to front up and admit he was wrong,” reliable sources said.
They said Faumuina "apologised to the party, and asked the party to work together and move forward for the common good."
He also said: “I want to thank all the members of our party for the concerns raised, which I believe are important in carrying out our duties while we are moving forward."
At the end, Tuilaepa called for “a gathering of all HRPP members at the HRPP headquarters tonight.
“A BBQ will be available to show the people of Samoa that the government is united and that there is no infighting.”
The sources said that although the “issues” surrounding Faumuina have been resolved with him still carrying on as the Minister of Finance, some members “are still disappointed.”
They said: "Things like this just do not go away with a handshake.
"We are not bitter or angry, we fought for justice and for what we thought was right.”
The sources also said that "although it was all smiles and laughs, they were really fake smiles and crocodile tears."