"I forgive you" P.M. tells La'auli
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has forgiven senior Member of Parliament, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Fosi.
After a heated exchange between the leader of the Human Rights Protection Party and the former Cabinet Minister in Parliament on Tuesday night, Tuilaepa also urged the Associate Minister of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga, to forgive La'auli too.
La’auli and Peseta are involved in an ongoing legal battle over a business deal that has gone bad.
“Do not let the sun go down on your anger,” Tuilaepa said. “I’ve taken the floor to tell the Member that I have forgiven you for any wrongdoing.
“I have been waiting for the time when you will come to see me and we can talk but since the last Parliament sitting, you have not come.
“If you have time then come and let’s talk and have some coffee. I forgive you.”
About the legal matter between La’auli and Peseta, Tuilaepa said he wants the Members to settle their differences.
“I had tried to solve your dispute but I ended up getting involved. But you both can solve your disagreements and settle it then we can all talk."
La’auli in response thanked the Prime Minister.
“When I finish my court case next week, then I’ll be back and I’ll have coffee with you,” said the Member of Parliament for Gagaifomauga No. 3.
The former Speaker has been “distant” from the H.R.P.P. political party after voting against a Constitutional amendment in relation to the Electoral Constituencies Bill 2018.
While the Prime Minister at the time insisted that La’auli by that decision sacked himself from the party, the M.P. maintained he is still a member of the H.R.P.P.
In Parliament on Tuesday night, when La’auli took the floor to speak about the budget, he used the opportunity to raise the matter once again.
La’auli said it was no secret how he is being treated as a “stranger.”
“The truth is there was no intention to go against or build a wall between us,” he said. “I did not come into Parliament for that."
But before La’auli could continue, the Prime Minister cut in.
Tuilaepa said the matter is a party issue. He explained that the senior M.P. who was a former Speaker of the House had signed an agreement, where he pledge his allegiance to the H.R.P.P.
But La’auli interjected.
“With all respect I cannot express my views outside as the matter has been made known to everyone and around the world,” he said.
“I apologise to the leader but God knows everything and my intention that were expressed about the legislation.
“I apologise to our political party and I will not go away from our party.
“You have responded to my request and I urge you to let love be the cloak of our relationship."
Speaker of Parliament, Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa’afisi then urged La’auli to move away from discussing party matters inside Parliament.
The M.P. insisted that it has not been easy for him.
Tuilaepa intervened again and spoke about how the H.R.P.P. has been established in 1979 and the path it has taken.
“There were changes but there was only one way in going about things and that is to keep the unity of the party,” said Tuilaepa.
“There was a member who resigned as the Minister of Finance in Parliament because he was no longer trusted by the leader of the party.
“I am talking about the history of this party that has remained united for all these years.
“You cannot just stand up and object to constitutional amendments. There were members that did that but it was for other legislations, aside from the other M.P. that did that and was the former leader of the opposition party.”
Tuilaepa told La’auli that it is best that he does not raise the matter again, as it could lead to opening up other things he does not want to speak about.
“For about three years, I had tried to settle the matter between you and the other M.P.,” he said.
“But what happened is that the matter has gone to Court and it is now more expensive and causing humiliation to you both.
“I do not want to talk about too much details about these matters but if you continue to stand up then I will do just that.”
But La’auli said the matter he is referring to concerns him and the Government — not between him and Peseta.
“The Government has turned against me and the Attorney General is handling the matter.
“That is why I am hurting."
Unhappy with this, Tuilaepa again took the floor.
“Correction, I cannot stop the Attorney General from doing his job,” he replied.
“There is a Member that came to me for help it was about his wife and I felt sorry for them that the Attorney General had charged them.
“The next day I spoke with the Attorney General and as I felt really sorry for them, but he told me he is doing what he is sworn to do. It is not the current Attorney General it is the previous one."
Parliament continues today.