Aiga i le Tai candidate pushing for changes

A candidate contesting the Parliamentary seat of Aiga i le Tai in the upcoming General Election is ready to make some changes in his constituency. 

Au’uapaau Mulipola Aloitafua, of Salua Manono, said he is ready to implement longstanding developments for the betterment of his constituency. 

The candidate who says he will be flying the flag of a new political party that will be launched later this month pushing for change.

He will be going up against incumbent Member of Parliament, Mulipola Leiataua Laki, and Human Rights Protection Party candidate, Leiataualesa Taupau Oliva. 

A former student of Avele College, Au’uapaau said the constituency needs help in terms of better access roads, maintenance for the wharf, establishment of shelter during natural disasters. 

The father of four said there have been a lot of talk in the past about these crucial issues and development but not much has eventuated. 

The candidate who runs a consultancy service for the Land and Titles Court called Fa’asinomaga o Suli Centre promised he can push for those developments should be enter parliament. 

“Our constituency used to have a hospital in Manono tai and Mulifanua but have since been removed,” he said. 

“People from our side need those developments in place to service their needs and I am capable of voicing those concerns and pushing for its implementation. 

“The villages also need help to level the land in Satui, Apolima and Mulifanua to make it easier to subdivide for those villagers who cannot afford those capital costs.” 

Another crucial matter that Au’uapaau will fight for should be secure a seat in parliament is for a second seat for the constituency of Aiga ile Tai. 

He claims that the current setting means that one M.P. represents villagers residing on three different islands including the island of Manono and Apolima and those on the main island. 

The candidate believes that the constituency should have two members, one to represent villagers on the main land and another for those on the islands. 

Furthermore, Au’uapaau said there are a lot of issues and developments needed in his constituency and he will talk in details when he is chosen. 

He explained the reason why he chose to run for parliament is so he is inspired by a lot of issues pertaining to land and titles being discussed and claims he has the knowledge and skills to address those problems. 

“I believe that I have the required knowledge and understanding for those issues and address them in parliament,” he said. 

His decision to run using his Au’uapaau title is because he feels that the title is an important orator from the district and its role should be recognised in parliament. 

He said that does not mean that his title Mulipola means any less to him as he still serves his village and constituency in many different ways. 

The candidate had previous worked for more than 20 years as a Finance Supervisor for the Polynesian Airline. 

He also served some time at the Post Office and holds qualification from the Country Education Advocacy Centre and Certificate of Customary Education. 

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