Perfect S.O.E. compliance at Manono, Apolima

By Talaia Mika 23 April 2020, 7:00AM

The Police Commissioner has stressed that of 880 calls since state of emergency (S.O.E) was declared, two isolated islands of Samoa have been free of violation of the lockdown orders. Manono and Apolima islands have been obedient.

Asked if the two islands are being monitored for the S.O.E, Fuiavailiili said ‘yes’ but no reports of any violations so far.

“We are monitoring them but we’re not getting any reports for any violations over there so we’re very fortunate that we’re not getting any complaints from there,” he added.

He’s confident that the matai (chiefs) system might be working on prioritising the orders in the islands plus the fewer populations.

“But we’re not getting any reports suggesting of any violation there where we should be really concerned about,” he added.

Speaking to Samoa Observer over the phone, a village mayor in Manono Island, Seumaalii Magia said the village Council in Manono are not resting.

“We’re sure that the families on this island had been safe since the S.O.E as we’re on the lookout for any gatherings around the island that exceeds the limit of 5 people in any area,” he said.

About 10 families currently living on the island and have over the years maintained their traditional way of living, lived within their means and protected themselves from foreign elements including infectious diseases.

One of the Apolima village chiefs, Salesulu Puluseu Tautaiolevao, also told Samoa Observer last week that all members of the island’s 10 families have kept away from Upolu and Savai’i for fear of bringing the virus to the island.

"We're keeping the limit of five or four people in a (traffic boat) trip to Upolu in order to combat the virus, and we're also stopping our usual church services," he said.

The only church in Apolima has also been stopped of it’s usual Sunday and weekly services due to the S.O.E.

Since the state of emergency being imposed last month the Police have received a total of 880 calls, 313 of which involved crimes requiring a Police investigation, the Police said. Of those 196 were general crimes such as burglary, theft and robbery; a total of 60 cases were for domestic violence and 57 for traffic incidents.

The remaining cases - 567 - involved cases such as drinking in public which didn't warrant formal investigation. 

By Talaia Mika 23 April 2020, 7:00AM

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