27 May 2013

Samoa Finance Minister speaks publicly on allegations

7:15 am on 27 May 2013

Samoa's Finance Minister, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has spoken publicly for the first time after he won a party caucus vote to remain in cabinet.

In a statement from his office on the weekend the minister has denied allegations of mismanagement and abuse of his duties especially the spending of 250,000 US dollars on his new office.

He says the criticisms from the opposition are based on wrong information, but he did not elaborate further than saying his opponents were opportunists.

The Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, says the minister did not breach any of his duties relating to the allegations.