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“No such thing, it is not me,” former Samoa Cabinet Minister claims

Faumuina Tiatia Liuga [photo: Samoa Observer]

Former Cabinet Minister and senior Member of Parliament, FaumuinaTiatiaLiuga, has rejected claimsthat he isthe leader of a group campaigning for votes should the Prime Ministership role be up for grabs.

“There is no such thing and it’s not me,” Faumuina said emphatically when he was approached by the Sunday Samoan at the parking lot of a merchandise store.

Although his name has not been mentioned publically prior, Faumuina said he knows about the rumours and implicate him.

He said they are “lies.” 

He said he has been in Parliament and the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) long enough to know such a move would be silly.

“That is an amateurish move,” he said. “That would be the move by someone who does not understand the foundation of the Human Rights Protection Party." 

“The moment you decide otherwise, you are out of Parliament. You cannot do such a thing and that is clear in the Constitution and mandates of the H.R.P.P.” 

Last week Member of Parliament, Faumuina Wayne Fong raised the claims and expressed sadness at what he had described as “dirty politics” within H.R.P.P. He did not say who the members were. But with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ileleMalielegaoi in hospital in New Zealand since he was evacuated three weeks ago, Faumuina Wayne told the Sunday Samoan these certain members of the Party have been campaigning for votes.

 “I find it absolutely disgusting,” he said.

“This is all happening while our Prime Minister is in New Zealand undergoing a medical check up. How can they think like that? These people are driven by the hunger for power they will stop at nothing to get what they want.”

Faumuina said he was approached but he rejected the offer.

“I declined the offer based on so many factors,” he said.

P.M. Tuilaepa was scheduled to be back in Samoa last night (Sunday Samoa time).

Read more at Samoa Observer