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‘Put your trust in me,’ Speaker says

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia

‘Put your trust in me,’ Speaker says The last service to be held at the first Maota Fono was conducted unexpectedly and unannounced after a big turn out from members of the public who were against the move to demolish it.

More than fifty people stood and held hands in front of the fale fono and sang “Na tofia e le Atua Samoa ina ia pulea e matai” to show their disapproval of the decision to destroy the historical place.

Speaker of the House, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao told the crowd it was necessary to have a ceremony to bless and farewell the Fale Fono. Deputy Speaker, Agafili Patisela Eteuati Tolova’a conducted the service while Leader of Tautua Party, Palusalue Fa’apo II, offered the closing prayer.      

After the prayer, the Speaker said it wasn’t an easy decision to pull down the Fale Fono.
He said t

he Fale Fono was founded by the hands of ancestors who shed their blood and cried tears before they had freedom.

La’auli assured those assembled that after consultation with the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, they have agreed to establish a museum on the foundation of the Fale Fono and build a better one.

“I want you all to put your trust in me,” he said. “I assure you all that every string and timber in this house that can be preserved will be wrapped and looked after.”
Former Speaker, Leota Itua’u Ale said the government should listen to what the nation is crying out for.

“They want to preserve the Fale Fono and renovate it after our 50th anniversary.”
Leota said he trusts that the Speaker has good intentions and will keep his word to have the rebuilding of the Fale Fono on the same location.

However, Palusalue said if it wasn’t for their call to the public to come and support their disagreement to pull down the Fale Fono “there wouldn’t be a service.”
“It would’ve been done without any notice being given to the country,” he said.

The Tautua Leader said although they feel that the Fale Fono shouldn’t be demolished, “we are putting our faith in the Speaker.”
Palusalue said it was their only hope to keep the Fale Fono as an historical sight for tourists to look at and visit during the 50th Independence anniversary.

 

 

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