Another H.R.P.P. candidate for Lefaga election contest
The Owner of a Real Estate company is the second candidate to have confirmed his candidacy in the upcoming General Election for the Lefaga and Falease’ela seat.
Manager of Kaisara Real Estate, I’a Sa’u Kaisara, of Tafagamanu and Savaia Lefaga, said running for Parliament has always been at the back of his mind.
He will be up against Le Mamea Mathew Ropati, incumbent Member of Parliament, Toleafoa Ken Poutoa and other unknown candidates.
Like Le Mamea and Toleafoa, I'a will run under the Human Rights Protection Party banner.
In an interview with the Samoa Observer, I’a who previously worked in Government before he setup his own real estate company, said he initially planned to run in the General Election in 2016.
Those plans did not eventuate, he said, because his children were still young and he needed to focus on them until they are grown.
Married to Ioka with six children, the candidate hopes to use his background in real estate to give back to his constituency.
One of the priorities for his candidacy is to use an acre of customary land from his family under a lease to construct a hospital for the district.
With the coronavirus pandemic affecting the world and the measles epidemic that struck Samoa recently, the real estate owner said it is only fitting that the district has its own hospital.
The Lefaga district hospital has been closed for more than ten years with grass overgrowing on the infrastructure that used to be.
“Lefaga has a roll of more than 4000 registered voters and if you include children it would be about 10,000 people altogether,” he said.
He explained that a person taking a taxi from the district to Apia will have to fork out $100 tala return and to the Leulumoega district is $40 tala.
“The transportation cost is unaffordable for families and considering the distance to those hospitals could lead to someone’s death if they don’t get there fast enough,” he said.
“So its important that Lefaga alone has its own hospital that is central for neighbouring districts and convenient for the villagers.”
Another matter that I’a wants to look into is taking back of land belonging to Lefaga that he alleges is being used by neighbouring constituencies.
He claims that a lot of land is being cultivated by villages outside of Lefaga and needs to be returned.
“About 90 percent of our villagers live off the land, in their plantations,” he said.
“That is the future of our children and these disputed lands need to be surveyed properly so that what is rightfully land of Lefaga needs to be returned. And I can help in that with my real estate background…”
Thirdly, the 49-year-old, said road infrastructure is continuously a problem in the district that has poor road conditions.
He said the district is known for its beach resorts that attracts tourists and better roads is necessary.
“The roads is not only for the tourists but for our own villagers who spend hundreds of tala to fix their roads on a regular basis because of the poor road conditions. We need better roads for our farmers, villagers and tourists.”
I’a is a former student of the Samoa College from the year 1991 and a graduate from the University of South Pacific in Fiji.