P.M. Tuilaepa popular on streets of Suva
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi was probably the most popular leader in Suva, Fiji, among the high-level delegates who attended the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP III) meeting held there.
Tuilaepa joined leaders from around the region, including the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, for the two-day meeting at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.
But it was Tuilaepa’s decision to venture outside the hotel that got the attention.
It was a delight for passers-by on the streets of Suva to see Samoa’s Prime Minister walking the streets and scouting the Suva Municipal market, chatting with market vendors.
People posted photos on Facebook of Tuilaepa buying a green coconut and eating food prepared and sold by market vendors. They described Tuilaepa as a “humble leader”.
One Facebook post said: “While everyone enjoyed the good meal inside their Hotels and C.A.P.P meeting, he’s out to his favorite stall; our P.M in Suva Market. Great leader lead by examples and way to support local businesses.”
Tuilaepa is also a popular figure in Samoa at the local markets. He is known for turning up, buying their products and chatting to the vendors especially on Sunday mornings.