21 May 2013

Samoa's Associate Minister of Finance left due to criticism against boss

10:09 am on 21 May 2013

Samoa's Associate Minister of Finance, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga says he resigned ahead of the announcement by the Prime Minister that he and fellow Associate Minister Tiavalea Seinafolava Hunt jobs were terminated.

He told Talamua on line that he tendered his resignation with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance ahead of last Thursday's caucus meeting where some members of caucus wanted the Finance Minister Faumuina Tiatia Liuga to step down.

Peseta says he tendered his resignation as he could not put up with the criticisms against the minister which also reflected on him as the Associate Minister of Finance.

During Caucus, Tuilaepa announced that both Associate Ministers of Finance had lost their jobs.

The second Associate Minister, Tialavea is overseas and was not at the caucus meeting where the Finance Minister narrowly survived the challenge for him to step down.

MPs queried the Finance Minister's lavish spending and that he seemed to be protected by the Prime Minister.