Taga village pushes for first female P.M.
A village in Savai’i has called on the caretaker Prime Minister to step aside and make way for Samoa’s first female Prime Minister-elect to ascend to office.
The call was made by residents from the village of Taga on the southeastern coast of Savai’i during a peaceful protest march by the elders in the village on Wednesday morning.
The high chief and spokesman of Taga, Faiumu Numia said the mantra behind their peaceful protest was to "convey their love and support" for the leader of Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi [F.A.S.T.] party, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa.
"It is not our intention to create tension within the constituency with our march," said Faiumu.
"But we decided to march in peace to convey our love and support for Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, and that is also our support for the women of Samoa.
"We want Fiame to step up and lead our government."
Faiumu then aimed his remarks at Fiame while acknowledging her "bravery and humbleness."
"Fiame Naomi and your party [F.A.S.T.], we commend you for your courage and bravery,” he said.
"This is reflected in the way you behave and speak...you are a humble person. Why? Because you and your party stick with God.
"The government has already been chosen [by the people].
"You have already chosen a Speaker and Deputy Speaker as well as your Cabinet Ministers.
"And the big island of Savai'i fully supports you and your party."
Turning to the caretaker Prime Minister, Faiumu said: "He who conquers his impulses is greater than he who conquers the fortress.
"You can try climbing the fortress, but eventually, you will fall down.
"Step aside right now and make way for Samoa's first female Prime Minister to lead.
"She has the full support of the big island of Savai'i to be our Prime Minister.
"Tuilaepa, that's enough...we are fed up with your words….they are not nice. We call for a new government to be formed and give F.A.S.T. the opportunity to lead."
And turning to Samoans near and far, Faiumu urged them to render their support to the F.A.S.T. to lead the country.
The declaration by the village brings the number of villages from the big island to make such an appeal to the caretaker P.M. to seven.
The peaceful march by the villagers was done on the same day the "Samoa mo Samoa" march was done in Apia.
Hundreds of people from different age groups marched in their red and white attire on Wednesday showcasing their support for Fiame Naomi Mata'afa.
The Gagaifomauga No. 3 constituency also organised a similar march on the same day.