18 Nov 2010

SUNGO rift over criticism of Samoa's PM

6:24 am on 18 November 2010

The board of Samoa's umbrella non-government organisation, SUNGO, has distanced itself from a comment by its CEO that the Prime Minister is a dictator who presides over a one-party state.

A board spokesman Mailo Pesamino says Roina Vavatau's comment is her own view and not that of the members of the board.

Ms Vavatau said her comment has prompted the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi to seek the removal of SUNGO from its state-owned headquarters by the end of the month.

Tuilaepa's letter of eviction says SUNGO can now buy its own property while the state property it occupies is required by others who are more needy.

Mailo says SUNGO's board has asked the Prime Minister and Cabinet to sell the property to SUNGO.