Founding member of H.R.P.P. confirms candidacy
Veteran politician, Le Tagaloa Pita, has confirmed his candidacy for the upcoming 2021 General Election for the Palauli ile Falefa constituency.
He is running for the Tautua Samoa Party. The announcement was made during a press conference on Friday.
Le Tagaloa, who is 82 years old, is not new to the political arena. He’s been in Parliament for close to 30 years.
“My first term in Parliament was in the 1970's and the last time I was in office was in the year 2000. It’s been 20 years since I’ve been in Parliament and I am a founding member of the Human Rights Protection Party,” he said.
Other founding members are Vaai Kolone, Tofilau Eti Alesana, Polataivao Fosi, Ulugia Suivai, and Fa’aso’otauloa Sam.
Le Tagaloa also took the opportunity to comment on some of the proposed amendments in the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020, the Lands and Titles Court Bill 2020 and Judicature Bill 2020.
“They are proposing to remove the power from the Judiciary (Judicial Service Commission) to remove a Supreme Court Judge from office,” he said.
“Under the Constitution, a Supreme Court Judge can only be removed by a two third majority vote in Parliament.
“Now they also want to separate the Land and Titles Court,
“Also why would the Government attempt to meddle with family affairs? This authority is vested on the High Chief of each respective family.
“In Samoa you have the power in your hand, the general election is coming up in 10 months and if you support the Tautua [if these bills are approved] we will repeal it,” said Le Tagaloa.”
The Tautua Samoa Party strongly opposes the amendments from the three bills that are currently pending in Parliament in second reading.
Despite being a founding member, Le Tagaloa left after the 1985’s general election along with ten other H.R.P.P. members and formed a coalition government with the Christian Democratic Party.
After the 1988 general election Le Tagaloa Pita became an independent M.P.
Le Tagaloa has an honorary doctorate from Drew University. During his political career, he was a Cabinet Minister with the portfolios of economic affairs and the post office. Prior to entering politics, Le Tagaloa was Acting Principal of the South Pacific Regional College of Tropical Agriculture.
Le Tagaloa Pita was married to the Late Aiono Fanaafi Le Tagaloa who was also a former M.P. and they have three children. The current M.P. for Palaulia ile Falefa, is Faumuia Tiatia Liuga.