Attorney General role remains vacant

The role of Attorney General remains vacant and the Government does not look like it's in a rush to at least advertise the position.

Two months after the former Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, resigned, the role of Acting Attorney General has been held by, Galumalemana Loretta Teueli. 

An email request to Galumalemana for a comment on whether the position of Attorney General has been advertised had not been responded to.

The Public Service Commission normally issues a special advertisement for head of Government positions on the P.S.C. Circular. 

The only special advertisement on the P.S.C. Circular is that for the Samoa Law Reform Commission (S.L.R.C.) Executive Director position contracted for three years and a salary of $119,000 to $123,000. 

The advertisement on the position is due in May and currently the Executive Director at S.L.R.C. is Teleiai Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo. 

She did not respond to queries from the Samoa Observer asking if she reapplied for her position or not. 

Contacted for a comment, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo, said he would look into the matter.

"Hi Lanu, let me come back to you on this," he responded on Tuesday. 

The Chairperson of the P.S.C. Aiono Mose Su’a did not respond to an email asking for an update.

Lemalu resigned in February to pursue work opportunities in New Zealand after his contract was extended following his initial three year contract that ended in April last year. 

It was announced that he will be taking up a position with the Crown Solicitor’s South Auckland Office, the firm Kayes, Fletcher and Walker (K.F.W.). 

The firm K.F.W. is in charge of all Crown prosecutions across the South Auckland jurisdiction.

Lemalu had been serving as the A.G. for four years before he officially concluded his work on the 20th March. 

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