30 Apr 2005

American Samoa's embattled territorial auditor faces Senate hearing

6:14 am on 30 April 2005

American Samoa's embattled territorial Auditor George Webster will have his say in the Senate next week.

Senators will get to question Mr Webster about why the Governor Togiola Tulafono wants him removed, during a Senate hearing scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

Governor Togiola has called a second special session of the Fono for five days to discuss Mr Webster's sacking, along with unfinished matters from the current special session.

The Senate President Lolo Letalu Moliga has announced that the governor will be submitting a resolution to sack Mr Webster.

Lolo said the governor had also wanted the Fono to act on the bill for the Rainmaker Hotel.

However during a meeting between the governor, Lolo, the House Speaker and two Representatives, he was urged to wait until the next regular session to bring up the legislation again.

Lolo said he had explained that the Senate had several problems with the bill and didn't believe that in its current form, the bill would resolve the hotel's problems.