19 Jun 2013

Samoa government MP calls to reinstate sacked village pulenuu

3:14 pm on 19 June 2013

A government MP in Samoa is calling to reinstate the position of pulenuu, or village mayor, as well as the women's village representative for one of the villages in his constituency of Vaimauga west.

The call from MP Lenata'i Victor Tamapua comes after the ministry of women's affairs minister, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua, had sacked the pulenuu and the women representative of Magiagi village last year.

The sacking followed a village row with the government over the installation of cash power meters.

Lenata'i says the two positions must be reinstated because the village members who held the positions have changed their stance by supporting the installation of cash power meters, which is close to completion.

The Magiagi village council remains defiant not to replace their pulenu'u despite the minister's decision, which was endorsed in cabinet.