Chairman refers queries to Elders

By Lanuola Tupufia – Ah Tong 04 October 2016, 12:00AM

The Chairman of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.), Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara, is remaining tightlipped about the latest development of the matter involving the former Secretary General, Reverend Dr. Afereti Uili. Contacted for a comment yesterday, Rev. Elder Senara said the matter is being looked at by the Elders Committee.

“I cannot comment because they (Elders committee) have not met and once they do, a decision will be made.”

The Elders Committee’s next meeting is in February next year. 

Rev. Uili was sacked from his position as Secretary General last year following sex allegations made against him by a woman.

Last week, a Consent Order by the Supreme Court obtained by the Samoa Observer reveals that the sex allegation against Rev. Uili might have been part of a conspiracy.   The Consent Order also confirms that the allegations against the former Secretary General were no true.

It states the initial letter containing the allegations from Angeline Lesa was written by others. It did not identify who “others” was referring to. 

Asked for a comment last week, Rev. Uili said he has not heard from the church and is waiting for their decision.   “I don’t expect anything from them unless they make a decision,” he said. 

“The ball is on their side and it’s their turn to make a decision.” 

When he was asked if he will sue the church for wrongful dismissal he did not say. 

“At this stage I have not thought that far,” he said.

“My immediate concern now is the lawsuit against Patrick Boon and the newspaper…but I have not decided on that (legal action against the church), it never came to my mind.”

Rev. Uili filed for defamation against Angeline Lesa, Tupuola Patrick Boon and Samoa Today newspaper last year.  The matter between him and Tupuola and Samoa Today are pending a hearing date in mediation.

By Lanuola Tupufia – Ah Tong 04 October 2016, 12:00AM
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