2 Jul 2004

American Samoa governor dismisses rumours

1:33 pm on 2 July 2004

The American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, says he has no intentions of stepping down as candidate in the 2004 gubernatorial race.

Togiola believes that its his opponents in the governor's race spreading rumors of his alleged resignation.

He also dismisses other rumours that Lieutenant Governor Ipulasi Aitofele Sunia, his running mate for the 2004 election, is to be arrested soon by federal agents.

Togiola says rumours circulating in the territory are part of a smear campaign by his opponents to discredit his administration.

The Governor has been criticised by both the watch-dog group Common Cause and the Senate Select Investigative Committee for failing to stomp out corruption in government.

Meanwhile, the US government continues to arrest and charge local residents on corruption including two of Togiola's former cabinet members accused of conspiring to defraud the US government.