P.M. blasts Minister
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has slammed the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (M.A.F.), Lopao’o Natanielu Mua, and the Chief Executive Officer, Tilafono David Hunter, over the scheduling of this year’s Agriculture Shows.
Tuilaepa’s frustrations, expressed in a letter dated 16 October 2018, stem from the shows in Savai’i and Upolu being scheduled on a Wednesday, which clashed with Cabinet’s weekly meeting.
The letter subsequently also reveals why the Agriculture Show in Upolu, originally scheduled for Wednesday this week, was unexpectedly postponed to yesterday.
“Cabinet meets on Wednesday every week,” a translation of Tuilaepa’s letter reads.
“The Cabinet meeting is a matter of priority. It takes precedence over any meeting or service whether it’s official, personal or church-related.”
Prime Minister Tuilaepa said senior many Government officials continue to “forget” policies, such as the one related to Cabinet’s weekly meetings.
“I have noticed that you continue to forget these policies which are important to the Government – the same policies we took and oath to fulfill to the best of our abilities.”
He also reminded that the official time for Government officials to begin work is 9am.
“To all Cabinet Ministers, government workers, especially the C.E.O.s, you must remember these policies that you continue to forget.
“If the Minister forgets, the C.E.O. should remind him – that’s why you were appointed as a C.E.O to remind the Minister.
“The Cabinet meeting takes priority, which means you have to postpone your shows, your funerals, matai title bestowal ceremonies, church meetings. All those family commitments, church commitments are secondary to the role to which you have taken an oath to serve the 190,000 people of our country.”
That said, the Prime Minister then ordered that the Agriculture Show for Upolu be postponed. The one for Savai’i, held last Wednesday, was allowed to proceed.
But not without a warning.
“For the future, do not make this mistake again,” Tuilaepa signs off.
The letter from Tuilaepa, in Samoan, is published below:
16 Oketopa 2018
Hon. Lopao’o N. Mu’a
Minisita o Fa’atoaga ma Faigafaiva
Ofisa Sili o Pulega
Matagaluega o Fa’atoaga ma Faigafaiva
AGRICULTUTRE SHOW, SAVAII-17 OCTOBER
FONO A LE KAPENETA – ASO LULU
1. Note: O Aso Lulu ‘uma o vaiaso ‘uma e fono ai le Kapeneta. E priority le Fono a le Kapeneta. E priority le Fono a le Kapeneta i fono ma so’o se sauniga – official or personal, or church ceremonies ‘ia manatua.
E o’o fo’i i taimi amata o galuega ‘ua aiaia o le 9.00 e amata ai galuega a le Mālō.
2. Ua ‘ou mātau e galo pea ia te ‘outou aiaiga ia tāua a lo tatou Mālō – Na tatou tautō ai e fa’atino o tatou tiute i le ‘ato’atoa. Minisitā ‘uma ma le ‘aufaigaluega ‘aemaise’ outou o CEOs, ia mātau lelei aiaiga ia e lua o lo’o galo pea. Afai ‘ua galo i le Minisitā, fa’amanatu e ‘oe o le CEO – o le ‘afuaga lenā na tofia ai ‘oe e avea ma CEO – Fa’amanatu i lau Minisitā . E prioritise le Fono a le Kapeneta e ao ai ona tolo tou shows, tou oti, tou saofa’i, tou fono a le Ekalesia ‘ona o le ti’ākono – E secondary ‘uma mea na fa’ale’āiga ma fa’alelotu i le tofi na tautō ai e ‘avea ma ‘au’auna i le 190,000 o tagata o le atunu’u.
3. O le mea lea, fa’aauau le Agriculture show i le Aso Lulu nei ‘ona ua sese’e le lua va’a kalone e ‘auai na’o lau Afioga i le Minisitā ma lau CEO – ‘ae tolo i le aso 25, Aso Tofi le show mo Upolu i le vaiaso fou. Mo le lumana’i ‘aua ne’i toe sasi.
Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Kopi: Minisita ma Minisita Lagolago Uma
Ofisa Sili o Pulega uma