Prime Minister Tuilaepa issues police ultimatum
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has issued what has been described “as a brand new ultimatum.”
During his press conference on Thursday, he ruled that couples working at the Ministry of Police, would no longer be allowed to work together.
In explaining why he was doing this, Tuilaepa said “there are many reasons why this should not happen.”
For instance, there were safety reasons, he said.
He also said this was part of the reforms since he’d moved the Ministry of Police under his portfolio in December 2016.
Tuilaepa said he was not happy that this issue had been ongoing for so long, and yet nothing had been done to rectify it by the former Commissioners.
He said: “This is one of the issues within the ministry that should have been dealt with a long time ago,” said the Prime Minister.
He blamed the former Commissioners.
“They knew what was going on right under their noses and they allowed it.
“Couples cannot work together, he explained.
“This is a standing policy all over the world; a wife cannot work with her husband,” he said.
Tuilaepa said it would have been a different story if it was a family business.
He said this should not happen in any Ministry of Government, adding: “What will happen, is that they will not heed the policies of the Ministry, but do what benefits them as a family.