P.M.’s issues health assurance, Olo called "O.L.P."

By Mata'afa Keni Lesa 13 November 2017, 12:00AM

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has reassured the nation about the state of his health.

He delivered the assurance yesterday when Parliament reconvened at Tuana’imato for a one-day November session.

In addressing Parliament, Tuilaepa thanked everyone for their prayers, support and well wishes when he was hospitalised in Auckland.

Tuilaepa spent three weeks there after he was medically evacuated from Samoa based on medical advice from local doctors.

Up until now, the country has been kept in the dark about the Prime Minister’s medical condition.

While he was away, the Head of State postponed a Parliament session that had been scheduled.

Yesterday, P.M. Tuilaepa said he was back to full strength.

He joked that he was now able to stand up straight even under the weight of a heavy ulafala he was wearing, indicating that he had fully recovered.

The one-day Parliament session saw bills such as the Constitution Amendment Bill (No.3) 2017, Fire and Emergency Services Amendment Bill 2017, Gaming Control Bill 2017, Trustee Companies Bill 2017, Honours and Awards Amendment Bill 2017 and Foundations Amendment Bill 2017 tabled.

There was also the usual banter between Members of Parliament touching on different issues from gambling, Samoa Airways, court cases to scriptures from the Holy Bible.

The most interesting one of them all came from the Associate Minister of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga, who referred to outspoken M.P., Olo Fiti Vaai as “O.L.P.”

“O.L.P” is a reference to the controversial blogger “Ole Palemia” who is among “ghost writers” the government is targeting by reviving the Criminal Libel law.

Olo laughed at the O.L.P. reference from Peseta.

“My name is Olo, not O.L.P.,” he responded, adding that O.L.P. should stand for “Olo Levao Peseta.”

Parliament has been adjourned until 19 December 2017.

By Mata'afa Keni Lesa 13 November 2017, 12:00AM
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