Associate Minister "a suspect" in Police investigation
Police are investigating an incident in Lalomanu this week involving Associate Minister Amituana’i Kenrick Samu.
The investigation was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, when he was contacted for comment by the Samoa Observer.
“I can only confirm that we are investigating an incident where he’s involved as a suspect".
The incident occurred in Lalomanu and the complainant first lodged the matter with the police on Tuesday.
The complainant declined to comment when approached by this newspaper.
However, a member of his family – who did not wish to be named for fear of repercussions – said there was a dispute between Amituana’i and the complainant, who is from the same village.
“He (allegedly) swore and swung around a hammer,” said the family member.
Amituana’i, however, denied using vulgar language directed at the complainant.
“He’s my relative and this started from a land dispute which ended up in court,” he said.
The Associate Minister says the men had a disagreement over the renovation of their local church parking lot.
“The case is closed," he said.
"But the dispute was regarding the church extending its parking and so when he came to assist in the project I told him to leave.
“I had the hammer in my hand when I called out to him to leave the premises and then he filed a complaint with the police."
Amituana’i is the Member for the Aleipata Itu I Luga constituency and is the Associate Minister for Samoa Tourism Authority.