M.P. moved over "minor" spat

Two Members of Parliament were separated following a "minor" verbal spat on Tuesday, during the beginning of the last Parliamentary session of the year. 

Member of Parliament for Urban West, Faumuina Wayne Fong, had to change his seat after a verbal clash with Vaimauga No. 1 M.P., Sulamanaia Tauiliili Tuivasa.

The disagreement between the two ensued while the M.P. for Lotofaga and former Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa was on the floor of Parliament questioning the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020.

Sulamanaia was a Member of the Special Parliamentary Committee tasked with reviewing public feedback on the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020, Land and Titles Court Bill 2020 and Judicature Bill 2020. 

The Sergeant at Arms, Luatalo Senima got up and walked towards the M.Ps as they continued to argue.

M.P. Faumuina was then asked to leave his seat and move down the aisle next to the leader of the opposition party Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi, (F.A.S.T.) La’auli Leuatea Schmidt. 

The Speaker of Parliament, Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa’afisi, acknowledged the dispute during the session of Parliament. He told the chamber that he had asked Faumuina to move because of the disagreement. 

The Speaker said this should not be happening in Parliament as the country was watching.

When asked for a comment about the incident, Faumuina declined to go into details about the contents of his conversation with Sulamanaia.

But the M.P. described their differences as a “minor thing” and said they have sorted it out. 

“We shook hands afterwards and have resolved it,” he said. 

It was not possible to obtain a comment from Sulamanaia.

 

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