Court appeal irritates businesswoman

Businesswoman Moe Lei Sam has questioned the rationale behind the decision by caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi to appeal the decisions of the Supreme Court.

The veteran politician announced late Monday that the Human Rights Protection Party will appeal the two decisions of the Supreme Court, which struck out the Electoral Commissioner’s decision to add a sixth woman Member-elect, and overturned the decision of the Head of State to void the results of the 9 April 2021 general election and order the conducting of a fresh election this Friday.

However, the local entrepreneur told the Samoa Observer that the “people are tired of the games” played by the country’s longest serving Prime Minister.

She said she thought the caretaker Prime Minister would accept the decision of the Court on Monday, but his decision to appeal the two rulings is frustrating and he should just step down and take a break from politics.

“Yet again he changes his mind again saying he wants to go to court again! Now I’m concerned about us (citizens of Samoa and the public),” added Ms Lei Sam.

“What about us, the community and to me this is disappointing...why can’t Tuilaepa go now and let a woman just take over Samoa for a change?

“Why can’t he step down and have a break? It’s about time for him to step down. 

“Why is he appealing again? All I’m concerned about is the Samoan public, it is unfair.

“I say this to Tuilaepa: have a break it’s been too long, you have been in this position for too long and don’t you think it is time for you to finally step down from there?”

The outspoken local entrepreneur said Samoa’s politicians shouldn’t be playing games with the lives of the people and making their own rules on the fly. 

“It’s not a game. We are a small island nation. Why does this (last month’s general election) have to be dragged on for so long? 

“You would think that since everything was done that this would eventually end we are waiting too long for this rubbish to end. 

“We shouldn’t have to sit here and say well it’s up to you Human Rights Protection Party or it's up to you Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party, no! 

“You either get in or get out of there.”

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