Do we want to be like Zimbabwe?

Dear Editor

Re: Head of State or Governor General?

The title “Governor General” applies to a person appointed to represent the monarch in an independent realm. If applied in Samoa it would raise the question “who is the monarch”? 

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History has clearly demonstrated that the role of monarch in Samoa has almost always been filled by a member of the Tama Aiga. The proposal would demote the Head of State to a role that is in theory responsible to the monarch. 

Since there will no longer be a monarch it must be presumed that the Governor General would be responsible to - who else but the parliament? 

That proposes a dramatic shift in the administration of the Independent State of Samoa and seems to echo the unfortunate situation currently being played out in Zimbabwe.

 

Colin Law

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