Candidate faces hurdle in a bid to address water woes

A candidate hoping to contest the Aleipata Itupa I Lalo seat, Su’a Samuelu Su’a, has plans to help improve the water supply to the residents of his constituency.

But before he can look forward to counting votes for the upcoming General Election, Su’a has a hurdle to overcome. He has to head to Court first after his nomination was denied. 

The Incumbent Member of Parliament for Aleipata Itupa i Lalo is Tafua Maluelue Tafua,

According to Su’a, his nomination was rejected because he recently registered his matai title despite being bestowed the title back in 2016. 

It was out of respect for his father who only passed away in 2018 that Su’a delayed the registration of his matai title. 

He hopes the Court will consider the fact he had rendered monotaga to the village way before he became a matai. 

Su’a is remaining positive that he will still have a chance to contest in April’s election. 

He said water in the villages of Tiavea, Amaile and Samusu has been a problem for many years. 

“People in the villages still have to carry water to their homes and its breaks ones heart,” said Su’a. 

“Even in the education area it still needs improvement and I would like to continue those works.” 

A former employee of the Ministry of Customs, Su’a believes that this is the time for him to step into the political arena to continue his service for the constituency. 

He added that since 1996 when he started working he had rendered service to people of his constituency, village and church. 

In addition, he hopes to follow his uncle a former M.P. of the constituency, Su’a Atonio’s footsteps into parliament. 

Su’a is 45 years old and a former student of St. Joseph College. 

He worked at Customs from 1996 to 2006 before he resigned to work at the Samoa Shipping Services. 

The hopeful candidate is currently employed by the Swire Shipping company. 

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