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PM “brainless,” he “lacks class,” says Vaili Mimita II

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi should go back to Sunday school so he could be taught about respect and good manners.

“He lacks respect for people,” said Vaili Mimita II. “And that shows he is brainless. As a leader, he has no class. But then he is too high-minded to know that.” Vaili, Spokesperson for Satapuala, was responding to Tuilaepa’s comments made on Thursday where he referred to the people of Satapuala as “stinking pigs.” Angry about Satapuala blocking the road, Tuilaepa snapped: “Who are they to do things like these? No leader will sit back and allow people who act like stinking pigs to run amok.”

Tuilaepa also described the matai leadership of Satapuala “fools.” Speaking to the Weekend Observer yesterday, Vaili said Tuilaepa’s outburst reflected the kind of person he is. “We are not pigs,” said Vaili. “We would like to return those words to you Tuilaepa. If you think you’re a stinking pig, then you must be one. “Let me remind you that you are talking to high chiefs (tupu ma tamali’i) of Samoa. These words you have used shows you have no brains and that you lack wisdom and foresight.”

Vaili said Tuilaepa’s comments on national TV stirred up anger among fellow villagers. “I cried because I thought about all our ancestors whom the Prime Minister has ridiculed. I thought about the forefathers of this village who have been described as stinking pigs by the Prime Minister. “This must be the lowest thing anyone can say to another living soul.

“To me as a matai Samoa and person with a brain, Tuilaepa should go back to school and learn about respect. He should learn some good manners about dealing with others.

“Every single person in Satapuala including the children are hurt. How can someone we look up to as the father of the country say such things?” Vaili said Tuilaepa should be “man enough” to show up to Satapuala and say that “to our faces.” “He should stop using the Police to try and scare us.” Yesterday, the Satapuala village Council held another meeting to determine their next step.

Vaili Mimita II One of the topics on the agenda was a possible lawsuit against the Police over the way they treated the people of Satapuala on Thursday. “It seemed like our village were criminals,” said Vaili. “We did not break any law. Our roadblock was a peaceful protest and yet the Police manhandled some of our people and discharged their firearms in a threatening way. “So we’ re cons ider ing the possibility of a lawsuit.”

On Thursday, Tuilaepa said Satapuala villagers who blocked should be arrested for breaking the law. “This kind of attitude is shameful to the country,” he said. “It’s unacceptable. That’s why I’ve ordered to have all of them arrested. If not bring in their Ali’i ma Faipule and charge them all.”



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