Welcome back Prime Minister Tuilaepa!

By Mata'afa Keni Lesa 26 October 2017, 12:00AM

Boy how we’ve missed our beloved Prime Minister!

One week away is way too long. So imagine life without him for three weeks? It felt like an eternity. Especially for those “idiots” and “fools” running newsrooms who would have to conjure up “rumours” to fill the empty pages of their newspapers.

Which is why it’s bloody great to have him back. Love him or loathe him, he is without a doubt the man in Samoa. What will we ever do without him? More to the point, what will this government do without him?

Just look at what happened when he was away. 

His Human Rights Protection Party just about fell apart. Yes members turned on each other publically showing signs of tension that Tuilaepa had comfortably camouflaged when he was here. 

But that wasn’t all. Sports organisations were in such a disarray that athletes were writing letters to tell the world how poor the administration of sports have been. And then there is that enigma called the Samoa Rugby Union, which Tuilaepa had again happily lorded over, on the verge of declaring bankruptcy.

The troubles. We can just go on but you get our drift. Samoa falls apart without the mighty Prime Minister. There is absolutely no doubt about that.

Which is why “his kids” immediately throw a fit every time he is not around.

That’s why they hold private meetings in remote places to discuss what they will do should their leader finally call it a day. Or in the case that he is called home, which is what will happen to everyone at one point or another.

Samoa is a small place. Even the mango and ulu trees have ears. And did we mention that we now have internet technology everywhere so that nothing remains hidden for long.

Besides, ever heard of the notion that where there is smoke there is bound to be fire somewhere? Well we are absolutely certain there is fire since there is plenty of smoke coming from the H.R.P.P. 

Still with P.M. Tuilaepa back in his throne, of course he will deny it. What else did we expect him to say?

Now yesterday, he assured there is nothing going on within the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P). Asked about reports that some party members had been conspiring to topple his leadership, Tuilaepa said the Members of Parliament had “made up” rumours “to help fill the newspapers” when he was away.

 “It happened during the previous party where four of them met and told the reporters of the newspaper to help them fill their paper,” said Tuilaepa. 

“They made it up and kept me in the loop while I was away and then they laughed about it afterwards.  

“There is nothing going on and remember that when I am away my colleagues will make up stories out of pity for the media who need stories to fill the paper.”

Asked about an emergency caucus meeting called on Tuesday, Tuilaepa said it was an opportunity to laugh at their creativity. 

 “We met yesterday and we laughed about it,” said Tuilaepa. 

But why was Parliament postponed?

“It was because there was not that much work to be done hence the postponement,” he said. 

“I have seen the mandate paperwork for Parliament and maybe within two to three weeks then there will be a Parliament session.”

Seriously? Absolute hogwash.

But even Parliament can’t operate without him in Samoa.

So welcome back P.M Tuilaepa, we sure have missed you.

By Mata'afa Keni Lesa 26 October 2017, 12:00AM

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