Associate Minister Amituana’i Kenrick Samu charged

The Associate Minister of the Samoa Tourism Authority, Amituana’i Kenrick Samu, has been charged with using offensive language, threatening words and being armed with a dangerous weapon.

The charges were confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

“I can confirm the M.P. has been charged,” he said.

The Associate Minister, who is the M.p for the Aleipata Itu I Luga constituency, has been granted bail and is scheduled to appear in the District Court on August 19, 2019.  

A call and a text message to Amituana’i seeking his comment on the charges were not returned on Tuesday. 

As revealed by this newspaper, the alleged incident occurred in Lalomanu and a police complaint was first lodged last Tuesday. 

The complainant who went to the Police declined to comment when approached by this newspaper.

However, a member of his family – who did not wish to be named – claimed 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. 

But Amituana’i told this newspaper last week that he did not use vulgar language. 

“He’s my relative and this started from a land dispute which ended up in court,” he said. 

The Associate Minister said the men had a disagreement over the renovation of their local church parking lot. 

“The case is closed 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."

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