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Tautua promises Maota Fono will be rebuilt

By Staff Reporter

Tautua promises Maota Fono will be rebuilt “We will rebuild the Maota Fono ourselves.”So promised Tautua Party leader, Palusalue Faapo II, during an interview with the Sunday Samoan. And he is adamant “we should not be asking for aid from overseas for this project.”

Palusalue is worried that the so-called promise of funds from the United States of America may be misunderstood. He has seen the letter from the US Charge d’ Affairs, Chad Berbert in response to a request in writing from the Speaker of Parliament, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao, seeking funds for the project.

“The letter is not a confirmation of funds but only an acknowledgement of them receiving the request,” Palusalue says.
Despite that, he says he and his party have put their trust in the Speaker.

“We trust the Speaker and he should stay true to his word to rebuild this important building in the history of Samoa.
“But the bottom line is, if the funds are not there, we will rebuild the Maota Fono ourselves.”

He said they would seek help from the people of Samoa because they believe most of this country will support the project.
Support was evident on Thursday morning when many converged on the Malae o Tiafau to witness the dismantling of the political ico

n.

“We want to acknowledge that support from the people as we had made the request for people to come and bid a proper farewell to this building that held great historical value for all of us,” said Palusalue.

He also thanked the Speaker and the HRPP members who turned up for the emotional morning farewell.
Sunday Samoan witnessed as many as a dozen HRPP Parliamentarians taking part in the ad hoc farewell ceremony Thursday morning.

“We ask the Speaker to be true to his words and make sure that the building is rebuilt to its original state,” he said.
He said he was concerned because “there has been no commitment from Tuilaepa and Cabinet” to rebuild the country’s first traditional political meeting house.

“If you read Tuilaepa’s ministerial statement made last week, he makes no mention of rebuilding it, and that worries us,” he said.
And there was no vote in the House also to ensure the rebuilding of the demolished Fale Fono.

In fact there was no discussion at all because once the Ministerial statement was over, the discussions can only be allowed after the statement is formally tabled in the House. Palusalue said they were disappointed at the outcome of the discussions on the issue on the House.

“We were enamoured when we saw the Speaker’s letter to stop the demolition and allow Parliament to discuss the matter in the House.”
“But Tuilaepa put a stop to that with his Ministerial statement.”

The Opposition leader said they were hoping that maybe the flag of Independence, “just for this celebration”, would be raised in front of the old Fale Fono as a mark of respect “for all the leaders who toiled in that old building to gain the Independence that we are enjoying now.”

 

 

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