15 Jun 2015

Samoa PM wants street vendors taught a lesson

7:32 pm on 15 June 2015

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says he has had a change of heart about allowing vendors to sell their products along the streets of Apia.

The Samoa Obsever reported the prime minister saying giving them a chance was a mistake made out of love that has now backfired, with vendors telling police who confront them that Tuilaepa said it was okay.

Tuilaepa says the orginal grace period for vendors to sell on the streets was given while the Fugalei market was being constructed but is reportedly saying now that it is finished, this no longer applies.

The paper reports Tuilaepa is now calling on police to arrest illegal vendors to teach them a lesson.

Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Photo: Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia