27 Oct 2006

Samoa chief banned from his village after changing protocols

2:19 pm on 27 October 2006

A high chief in Samoa, Fuataga Kasimani Lautusi, has been banished from his village of Lalomanu in Aleipata district as several matais rejected changes he introduced to traditional protocols.

This included the stopping of traditional sua presentations to church ministers with only the high chief to be honored in such a way.

Fuataga had also stopped bingo games and demanded that no-one in his village challenge his actions.

Fuataga says the council's ban amounts to contempt of court after he was appointed by the Lands and Title's court to take the chiefly title.

But he has indicated he won't challenge the banning in the courts.