Speaker clears Facebook use claims

By Talaia Mika 06 February 2024, 11:00PM

The Speaker of the House, Papalii Li'o Taeu Masepa'u has cleared the air on allegations made by the opposition party that he was on social media site Facebook while parliament was on.

Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) Secretary, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi made a call to the Speaker to avoid going on social media while he is in Parliament as he is the main man in control of the parliament and holds the integrity of the parliament.

However, Papalii said he wishes to clarify what many have mistaken Leala's words as truths adding that he was never and will never use social media inside the parliament house.

"It was when I got home this one evening that I read something on social media and it was someone asking to remove Tuilaepa from Parliament that's why I mentioned that in parliament. Peacefully delivering the message," he explained.

"I did not tell Tuilaepa to leave the parliament as this person was saying but I used that opportunity to tell people to respect the parliament as well as its' members.

"Being the speaker of the house means I uphold the integrity of the parliament and that's what I did, I told people not to disrespect the members of parliament.

"But it was surprising to see that they said that when I did the opposite and did them a favor but that is what happened.

"I understand my role as a speaker of the house and how important my role is especially controlling the tension inside the parliament so I never have time to open my phone and scroll on Facebook.

"Even when I'm home, I am barely on social media. It was only that one time when I saw those comments about Tuilaepa plus, there's cameras everywhere so I don't know where they are coming from."

By Talaia Mika 06 February 2024, 11:00PM
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