Samoa Land Board to decide on lease of 100 acres

The Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C.) Board will decide what to do with a lease of a hundred acres at Fiaga registered under a man who was recently convicted of attempted murder.

Peter Tulaga was found guilty by a panel of assessors in the Supreme Court last month for the attempted murder of Frysna Rimoni. 

In response to an email from the Samoa Observer, S.L.C. Chief Executive Officer, Ulugia Petelo Kavesi, confirmed that the lease is still under Tulaga. 

“Our Board of Directors will deliberate on the best option to take very soon,” said Ulugia. 

He did not say when the Board will meet to discuss the matter. 

Meanwhile, Tulaga’s sentencing is scheduled for 28th June 2019. 

The male of Vailoa Faleata had won two awards during the Agriculture Show in 2016 and 2018 for having the biggest commercial plantation. 

He took pride in his plantation. 

After being turned down by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Tulaga sought help with the Minister responsible for the Samoa Land Corporation. 

He was given 50 acres of land to cultivate.

When that was done, he requested for another 50 acres of land which was granted.

During the trial, Tulaga told the Court he had received a letter from Government raising questions about the 100 acres of land he had leased at Fiaga for his plantation. 

He was in New Zealand with his wife and children at the time, after having been successful in the NZ Quota.

Tulaga returned to Samoa in 2017 after receiving calls from his elderly mother asking for financial assistance. 

The youngest of 10 children described his plantation work as an “iconic” and had posted photos and videos from his plantation on Facebook.

The Court heard that he posted the videos and photos from his plantation to keep the government updated on his work from Fiaga. 

He added that he wanted people to see his work especially the lazy ones so they can see how hard he works and how he earns money. 

The Court also heard that one of his sisters was taking care of the plantation.   

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