19 Nov 2005

Samoa set for public march in support of ex-government doctors

7:22 am on 19 November 2005

A public march in support of former government doctors in Samoa has been planned for next week.

The march was initiated by the lawyer who's to stand in next year's elections, Maiava Visekota Peteru.

The march was discussed at a public meeting held yesterday, called by Maiava.

Those who turned up for the meeting included the doctors, members of the opposition and members of the public.

The marchers will walk to the Government Building and will ask the government to rehire all of the doctors who've resigned.

Maiava told the Samoa Observer newspaper that the cabinet's decision on the issue was confrontational rather than conciliatory.

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele said that Maiava's plan was an election ploy.

Maiava is the widow of the late Luagalau Levaula Kamu who was serving as a member of Tuilaepa's cabinet when he was murdered in 1999.