Church rejects claim TV show stopped

The General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.), Reverend Vavatau Taufao, has denied claims a TV show, which offers an opportunity to members of the public - including Members of Parliament - to share their views on current affairs, has been stopped.

Contrary to reports, the M.P. for Salega East, Olo Fiti Vaai, also confirmed that the show is continuing.

The Soalepule weekly programme, aired on E.F.K.S. T.V., is presented by Paiali'i Tapuala Oloapu.

 In the recent past, the show has featured Members of Parliament, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, Olo Fiti Vaai and Faumuina Wayne Fong. 

Olo said they were previously told that the programme had been ceased.

“That is what we were told by the T.V. presenter but it has been clarified that he might have misinterpreted a discussion [he had with Management],” he said. 

Faumuina had also said the Soalepule programme had been pulled.  Asked about his claim, Faumuina said his comment was made following advice that Soalepule has been pulled from air.  He said they were later told the show would continue.

Meanwhile, Olo wanted to correct allegations from the Prime Minister, Tuliaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi that the E.F.K.S. TV belongs to the Fa’avae ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) 

“The T.V. station is owned by the E.F.K.S. church who has given us a platform to voice our views,” he added. 

“We ask the Prime Minister if he could also allow the T.V. and radio stations that airs his programmes to give us Independent Members of Parliament the same opportunity to share our views…” 

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