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Ministry intervention for Vaiusu youth

The Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (M.W.C.S.D.) are expected to step in to address actions from the youth of Vaiusu following various incidents.

In one of the incidents, a Chinese national's life was claimed after a deadly robbery attempt.

Minister of M.W.C.S.D., Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, said he met with the village mayor, Ulugia Ierome, regarding the matter and was told that the incidents involving the Vaiusu youths had already been brought to the Village Council's attention and the perpetrators are being dealt with.

There not been an update yet, Tuitama said last week after Parliamentary sessions.

"During our last [meeting], there were more reports of incidents regarding the Vaiusu youth, but I had advised the Ministry to arrange a meeting with the Ali’i and Faipule of the village," he said.

"That's the only way to help with the youth [of Vaiusu] to act properly."

Tuitama assured that the actions of the perpetrators does not affect the opportunities open to the village of Vaiusu. Such opportunities include seasonal work overseas.

"Those who have done nothing wrong will not be affected, because it happens in every other village, not everyone in a village is bad. There are also law abiding citizens in these villages, who should not be victimised," he said.

Vaiusu residents have confirmed with the Samoa Observer that despite efforts by the village council to control the unruly behaviours of the youngsters, they have taken turned deaf ears to the advises from the village.

Residents, fearing repercussions from the village did not want to be named, said there have been many incidents happening within the village including drunks roaming the village at night causing trouble as well as various theft incidents.

In October last year, the Vaiusu Village Council issued a public apology to China’s Ambassador, Chao Xiaoliang, and the Chinese community in Samoa, over an incident where a Chinese national was killed by four Vaiusu youths, including two brothers.

During an interview with the Samoa Observer following the incident last year, Village Mayor, Ulugia Ierome, said the men’s actions had brought shame to the village and everyone in Samoa.

Separately, early this year, the police were investigated a stabbing incident in Vaiusu which left a man in his 20s suffering from a severe laceration to his lower abdomen. 

The incident occurred on the weeks leading up to New Years and was said to follow a drinking session in one of the village's huts next to the main road.

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