F.A.S.T. candidate runs for Faleata No .3
Protecting Samoa from a future where the country is overrun by immigration is one of the major motivations 65-year-old Paloa Louisa Stowers lists when asked why he is running for office.
A father-of seven-children, he wants to represent the Faleata No. 3 District in Parliament.
And he’s worried particularly about Samoans being increasingly pushed out of the formal sector of the economy by migrants.
It is a top concern for Paloa who fears that within 30 years Samoans will lose their land.
“One message I want to share is that we have to hold onto our lands,” he said.
“If we leave things the way it is [...] in 30 years, we will have no more lands to farm and to live on.
“Our lands are our treasures. We have to protect the lands. That is the reason I want to run.”
He named several other areas of focus: healthcare, the education sector, the water supply and better roads.
Paloa is running for the newly formed Faavae le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) political party.
He chose the party, he said, because they are bringing new ideas into the political realm.
Under F.A.S.T., Paloa wants to improve the quality of life for the people in his constituency and make Samoa a better place.
“To make Samoa a better place and to improve the quality of life – that is why I have chosen this party,” he said.
Paloa looks forward to representing Vaitele Uta and Vaitele Fou and fighting for their rights as a Member of Parliament.
Paloa said he prayed about his decision to run and thanked God for the path that he chose.
In contesting the seat held by Faleata No. 3 incumbent Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, who is aligned with the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.), Paloa says he will rely on God for finding the path to victory.
He said that while he has shown bravery by choosing to run for a seat in Parliament, for everything else, he will look to God for courage.
“I have said it before. I will rely on God. God is the answer,” Paloa said.