9 Oct 2013

Samoa amends act to widen applications for police top job

2:43 pm on 9 October 2013

Samoa's Ministry of Police and Prisons Act has been amended to allow a wider range of people to apply for the position of police commissioner.

The change comes amid criticisms from an opposition MP, Levaopolo Talatonu, who says this will now allow a foreigner to take the top job.

But the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi, has told parliament the change will also allow qualified Samoans overseas to apply for the position.

He says the main reason behind the amendment is to have more people apply gives an appropriate choice for selecting a commissioner based on qualifications and merits.

The amendment was tabled in parliament today in urgency where it was debated and passed.

The Minister of Police and Prisons, Sala Fata Pinati, says the amendment has no link to the suspension of the Police Commissioner, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo and assistant commissioner, Sala Seaga Uili Lafaele.