Attorney General resigns
The Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, has resigned to pursue work opportunities in New Zealand.
His resignation was confirmed by the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, today.
Tuilaepa, who is also the Minister for the Attorney General's Office, said news of the A.G's resignation came as a shock to him.
In acknowledging the work of Lemalu for almost four years now, Tuilaepa said there are opportunities in New Zealand for him to advance his knowledge as a lawyer.
Lemalu met with Tuilaepa this afternoon to tender his resignation.
When the Samoa Observer approached him outside the Prime Minister's office after their meeting, Lemalu referred all queries to Tuilaepa.
"The Prime Minister will discuss it," Lemalu told the Samoa Observer.
Lemalu's contract was extended after his previous three-year contract ended in April last year.
In a statement released by the Government's Press Secretariat last night, it was advised Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has accepted the Attorney General's resignation.
And after being informed by the outgoing AG of the circumstances surrounding his decision, Prime Minister Tuilaepa says that he had no choice but to respect Lemalu’s decision.
“After much thought, prayers and discussions I have accepted Lemalu’s decisions to move on with his family to take on fresh opportunities that have arisen overseas, including continued work in the legal field,” said the Prime Minister.
“Lemalu expressed his gratitude and gratefulness to the Government for allowing him to serve these past 4 years,” continued the Prime Minister
“His father, Misa Telefoni, served as AG as well in the past before he entered politics, and Lemalu has now also had his time of service in the same position of AG for his country of birth.
“We wish him and his family all the very best into the future.”
For Lemalu he says “serving Samoa was an honour and a privilege that was not taken lightly.”
“It was with a heavy heart that I did hand in my resignation to the Hon Prime Minister. But it is time for my family and I to move on to the next chapters and callings ahead for us.”
Lemalu will be taking up a position with the Crown Solicitor’s South Auckland Office, the firm Kayes, Fletcher and Walker (KFW).
The firm KFW is in charge of all Crown prosecutions across the South Auckland jurisdiction.
Lemalu will reunite with his pacific colleague and former AG and DPP of the Kingdom of Tonga, Aminiasi Kefu, who also joined KFW on his resignation from his role in the Kingdom of Tonga.
He will remain as Attorney General until March 20 to assist with the transition towards an Acting AG, while the selection process for the new AG can commence.