30 Dec 2004

Future of American Samoa's Senate Select Investigative committee uncertain

6:38 am on 30 December 2004

The future of American Samoa's Senate Select Investigative Committee is uncertain as most of its current members have not been returned by their respective districts to the Senate.

With just three more district councils yet to decide their senators, only one of six members of the investigative committee, Senator Alo Stevenson, has been confirmed to return to the senate.

Members of the SSIC who have not been picked by their districts for new terms in the Senate include the committee's vice-chairman, Senator Teo Fuavai, and three others.

The SSIC chairman, Senator Lualemaga Faoa, has still not received the consensus of his district Leasina to continue as their senator.

The district has held two meetings to discuss their Senate seat and Lualemaga has been challenged by another leading matai who wants to be senator.

The SSIC has been credited with exposing corruption in high places in the American Samoa Government and its investigations have been closely followed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the US Department of Interior, Inspector General's Office.