25 Nov 2005

March organiser expecting 10,000 at tomorrow's pro-doctors march in Samoa

2:51 pm on 25 November 2005

Organisers of tomorrow's march in support of former government doctors in Samoa expect as many as 10-thousand people to take part.

More than 20 public hospital doctors resigned en masse almost two weeks ago when the prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, told them to end their 9-week strike over pay and conditions or face dismissal.

Tomorrow's march in Apia was initiated by a lawyer who is to stand in next year's elections, Maiava Visekota Peteru.

Her march co-organiser, Tuia Letoa, a televison producer, says the prime minister's accusation that the march is just an election ploy by Maiava is nonsense.

"We did this for our people. We did it out of no political influence. The people of Samoa are really concerned about the doctors and the way the government handled the doctors' case. In all, 18 doctors resigned last year, 23 this year. It is a problem in Samoa for a long time."

One of the organisers of tomorrow's pro-doctors march in Samoa, Tuia Letoa.

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