29 Jun 2012

Samoa opposition leader says government has market priorities wrong

6:36 am on 29 June 2012

The leader of Samoa's opposition Tautua Samoa party says the government has failed to prioritise stallholders at the capital's main market, Fugalei.

The market, which is owned by the Accident Compensation Corporation, is being demolished so that it can be rebuilt, a process expected to take about 16 months.

Palusalue Fa'apo the 2nd says none of the market vendors objects to it being rebuilt because at the moment it gets flooded in heavy rain.

But he says while that's being done they need a suitable, alternative venue in Apia.

"The government should look afer the stall owners first prior to the renewing of the market. These people depend on their small business to put food on the table. It's their livelihood in terms of money earning."

The government previously told the vendors to move out on June the 30th but Palusalue Fa'apo says that has been changed to Friday.

He says more than 200 stallholders are affected.