24 Jun 2002

Samoa's government reveals details of a land purchase deal

9:11 am on 24 June 2002

The Samoan government has revealed details of a land purchase deal after complaints that information about the arrangement had not been made public.

The government has paid 4 million US dollars for 2,800 acres from Salelologa village in negotiations which the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, says were completed 3 or 4 months go.

The former opposition leader, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese, says the land deal should have been publicised to allow input from those with rights to the land.

He says the danger is that owners who have not been consulted might complain, placing at risk the large amount of public funds already paid.

But Tuilaepa says all legal avenues had been satisfied