1 Oct 2003

American Samoa Senate wants more senior officials investigated

10:16 am on 1 October 2003

American Samoa governor, Togiola Tulafono, has been asked by a Senate Committee investigating public corruption and white collar crime, to launch a new probe into the activities of two senior government officials and a former cabinet member.

Committee Chairman, Senator Lualemaga Faoa called for investigations of former Director of Education, Dr Sili Sataua, the Director of Human and Social Services, Dr Uigalelei Lealofi, and the Deputy Director of Education, Manupo Turituri.

Senator Faoa said in a letter to the Governor that questioning of all three by the Senate Investigative Committee showed they had violated procurement laws by approving contracts for companies belonging to their friends

He said their actions allowed the stealing and embezzlement of government funds.