E Leai se isi e Sili Atu i le Tulafono, poo le FAST, Loia Sili, poo le Palemia Caretaker

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OPINION by Taulapapa Victor T Washburn.

E LEAI SE ISI E SILI ATU I LE TULAFONO: Poo le FAST, Loia Sili poo le Palemia Caretaker.

“This Court has an obligation to maintain the rule of law and protect the principles and rules of the Constitution.  In jurisdictions with written constitution, the Court are the acknowledged guardians of the Constitution.  “We take these obligations seriously and will do what needs to be done to satisfy them.”

O upu nei a le Faamasinoga Maualuga na fola mai i le itulau e 6 o la na faaiuga (written judgment) e tusa ma le 24 itulau le aotelega, faatatau lea i le faatautoga o le 24 of Me 2021, lea na luí ma challenge e le Loia Sili, ma lauina i le aso 28 o June 2021.

It is such an elegant verse. In of itself it is quite powerful and complete. Full of substance and implies authority. E aanoa ma o se fuaitau e le gata ina tāua ae o se fuaiupu na toina mai e Alii Faamasino, mai se tasi foi o faamasinoga lea na muaí malele i ai nisi foi o Afioga i Faamasino i le latou iuga i le lu’í a le FAST, e le faatulafonoa ma solitulafono le poloaiga a le Ao o le Malo, e toe fai se isi Palota, lea na lauina i le aso 17 May 2021.

Peitai….
A o lea ua toe faaaogaina e le faamasinoga, e peiseai e tatala aí le discussion o le mataupu lenei poo le latou faaiuga, i le faaletulafonoa o le faatautoga o le Aso 24 o May 2021. Ae e i ai le mafuaaga ua ala ai ona ou toina mai lea fuaitau, other than the powerful authoritative nature it emanates  as noted above.
Aua, i luma mai o lenei fuaitau, or before this quote sa faapea ai upu a le faamasinoga :
In submissions, Counsel QC stated the Attorney is motivated by the need to ensure “Legal Certainty”. We welcome this approach. There has been of late much misinformation and misinterpretation of recent decisions of this court publicly disseminated by prominent political and other figures in our community.  Aimed at undermining the integrity, independence and status of the COURT and its RULINGS and thereby the RULE of LAW in SAMOA.”

Oka.

O le fesili.  O ai lea e faatatau i ai lenei malelega?
O ai le au ‘Political Figures’ o le tatou community lea o loo saunoa mai ai le mamalu o   Faamasino?
And what is the Court unashamedly and finally openly admitting they are committing?
Silasila foi.
E le gata ina undermine pe vaai maualalo i le itu faamaoni (integrity) o le Faamasinoga, ae ua faatoilaloina foi pe aafia ai le tutoatasi (independence) faapea ma le MAMALU o le Faamasinoga faatasi ma ana faaiuga.
In other Words, O nei gaioiga poo amioga tuufau, ua atagia mai ai….Le LE TAUSIA ma le LE faamamaluina o le PULEGA ó TULAFONO poo le RULE of LAW i Samoa.
Ou te le fai atu la poo ai. Ae masalo lena ua nofo fale ia Satuiama.
Ae malie foi la … Aua, e leí umi lava na fola mai le fuaitau poo le quote lava lea ua taúa, ae toe faapea upu a le faamasinoga i lalo ane :
We trust the Attorney will address these matters with the same vigour intent and purpose as the present application.
The primary duty of every lawyer no less, the ATTORNEY GENERAL in accordance with his or her oath sworn before God is to the COURT and to UPHOLD the CONSTITUTION and the Rule of LAW.  This Should always remain his or her focus no matter the situation…”
Ae toe fola mai ai ma le following reference tusa ai ma o latou tiute tauave:
Section 3 (2)a & d of the Lawyers and Legal Practice Act 2014:
“3. Purpose of the Act and Fundamental Obligations of Lawyers-
(2) All lawyers must comply with the following fundamental obligations in relation to their practice and the services they provide:
a) to uphold the rule of law and to facilitate the administration of Justice in Samoa; and

b) to protect, subject to the overriding duties as officers of the court and other duties in or made pursuant to this Act, the interests of their clients.

Ona te’í a lā ua fola mai loa o le mataupu autu o le faamasinoga e uiga la i Relevant Constitutional Provisions o le Faavae, ae maise Sections o loo taua ai le Palemene etc etc.

Ae ua ala ona fai laú tala, It is amazing that right from the beginning only on the 6th page, the Court was just beginning its discussion on the issues and topics before them, in relation to the Faatautoga.
Peitai, o lea ua muamua lava faatulaí mai se mataupu ogaoga,  poo se mataupu tau sensitive in nature, o loo atugalu ai pe i ai se popolega o le faamasinoga, e uiga la i tulaga pei ona faailoa  atu.

It was almost as if the court saying,

“You know what, before we get into the nitty gritty of this case, lets just put it out there.”
“”We have had enough of you lot in high glass ceilings , treating the court and the courts decisions like S***, disrespecting the rule of law….
…And as such we hope the Attorney General see to it, that not only is She  representing such a group in her capacity  as a public servant;
“But lets not forget You are also an Officer of the Court, for which You owe a sense of Duty to uphold.”….
E foliga mai o lea e lei oo atu le faamasinoga i tulaga aanoa, ma ogaoga o le iloiloina o le mataupu, ae peiseai ua finagalo, e faateá muamua lava lo latou atugaluga , ma lo latou concern , e ui lava e le o taúa saó , a ua silafia lava E o loo faatatau i ai.
Ma  lea foi ua manino lava, o le Loia Sili foi a le Malo, o loo paú ai foi le isi avega, burden poo le mamafa, o malelega a le faamasinoga.

I guess one can say without a shadow of a doubt, that the court has clearly  put the  stamp on its  authority, independence , duty to uphold the rule of law  and expects the community at large  to follow suit, or comply.I le Aso Faraile 25 June  2021 na lau ai e le faamasinoga  le latou  faamalamalamaga (declaration)   o le iuga o le case June 02  e uiga i le vaega  44(1a) ma le tamaitai faaopopopo….(Lea na ave ai i le HRPP le latou  6, e faafilemu ai Petesa)

Na toe faamanino mai foi le tulaga   i le Tauaofiaga o le Palemene tusa ai ma le vaega  s52 o le Faavae, e aunoa ma le faatali seia mae’a tagi ma petitions, poo le faatali seia atoa tamaitai faaopoopo tusa ai ma le vaega  44(1a) o le Faavae.Na manino lava le folasaga ma le judgment a faamasino:

A)   The Court of Appeal’s decision DID NOT RULE on the interaction between articles 44(1a) and 52.  Ma faapea mai ai…  E lei faapea mai foi le faamasinoga a mea e faamoemoe le tauaofiaga o le Palemene, i le 44(1a).  In other words,  E Le faatali seia atoa tamaitai e 6  tusa ai ma le 44(1a) ona fatoa tauaofia loa lea o le Palemene. E Leai.B)   For the avoidance of Doubt pe aua nei i ai se masalosaloga, afai na i ai nisi na talitonu  pe na faasalalau,  a mea na fai atu le Faamasinoga, e feagai ma o gatasi  le 44(1a) ma le 52, pe faamoemoe le isi vaega i le isi, e matua sese ma LE faavaea lena talitonuga. Absolutely Wrong.

E independent lava Sections nei e Lua.  E le faalagolago le isi i le isi.   E le avea le 44(1a) ma mea e toloi, aafia pe faalavelave ai fua i le vaega s52 o loo faapea mai:  IA TAUAOFIA LE PALEMENE WITHIN 45 DAYS.C)   I le iuga o le faamasinoga 2 June 2021, na FaaLeaogaina ai (set aside the appointment of) Aliimalemanu.  A faaLeaogaina, lo na uiga, Ua VOID, CANCEL KAPUT, GONE…..O a nisi faamatalaga po o ni talitonuga sa i ai, “a mea o loo  i ai pea Aliimalemanu”  ina ia Lua Ono ai (26)  le HRPP, e matua sese lava ma LE faavaea lena talitonuga. Absolutely Wrong.  E 26 le FAST, ae 25 le HRPP……
(Ae talofa e…Lele  ua fao e Le  Atua le isi tolu nofoa….totoe ai loa le  22 mo le HRPP)
O lea la na toe faamanino mai i lea declaration i le Friday 25 June , le latou faaiuga o le 02 June 2021.
O le a le faaiuga?  E LE fe’aiaa’i le vaega 44(1a) ma le 52.!!
E le faalagolago pe faamoemoe le Taoaofiaga o le Palemene, seia uma petitions ma tagi, pe seia atoa foi le 6 o Tamaitai i le Maota.
Peitai
I le aso na sosoo ai, le afiafi le Aso Toonai, na faasalalu ai se  LIVE a le taitai a le HRPP, ma pese ai ma lana kitara, faatasi ma le Fofoga Fetalai ma le Failautusi  o la na vaega atoa foi ma la na saunoaga  faasalalau.. Na ia faapea ai.:”” A tatou pepese lava ua oo i le Kirisimasi, le umi o Petitions, ma faamasinoga, poo ni ‘Bi Elections, e faatali pea  seia maeá ona  Tauaofia ai lea o le Palemene.  (Or words to that Effect)O le mea taua aliali mai i lea faafiafiaga faa LIVE i le na po…

E ui o lea ua manino ona faamalamalama mai e le Faamasinoga, e LE faatali le Tauaofiaga o le Palemene i ni faamasinoga (petitions) poo ni Bi Elections.  Peitai o loo ma’a’a lava ma tetee, ma pei e tau faifai le Palemia caretaker, i declaration malamalama tuu saó mai a le faamasinoga.Ma o lea lava  o loo pesepese pea le Alii Palemia Caretaker , i la na pese lava lea e tasi. Ma e lei suia lava le fati.

“E faatali lava seia maea uma faamasinoga, ma  faaopoopo mai le latou tamaitai lo na 6, ona faatoa mafai loa lea ona fono le palemene.”Peitai, e i ai le tulaga mataútia lea ua amata ona aliali mai i nai aso e lua pe tolu ua mavae.

Ua foliga mai ua amata ona faa sea ma luíina le faamasinoga.  Ona o loo teena le poloaiga a le faamasinoga, ia tauaofia le Palemene tusa ai ma le poloaiga a le Ao Le Malo ua uma ona sainia (Aso 20 May 2021).

E le gata ina fai pea a na faasalalauga  e ‘Pule le Ao o le Malo, i le taimi e valaau ai le Palemene’, a lea foi ua folafola, o loo faila se application a le Loia Sili, ia  faa seetuagalu pe Recuse le Faamasino Sili, ma isi Afioga i faamasino, mai  proceedings poo le tagi o le Contempt of Court, faasaga ia te ia.

O le Fesili.O tausi ea poo faamamalu e le Palemia Caretaker , le Pulega o tulafono poo le RULE of LAW, lea na saunoa i ai le Faamasinoga i le amataga o lenei tusitusiga?

Or  is the Caretaker Prime Minister , using tactics in order to prolong the delay of  convening parliament, by hiding behind the Head Of State?A tatou toe to manatu  i nisi o malelega  tuu saó mai  e le faamasinoga i le latou judgment tusitusia   i le aso 28 o June 2021.

Aua a faitau lelei,  e pei  e vavalo faamasino  ma faapea :

At 62-
“It seems reasonably clear that the executive arm of the government has deliberately and Unlawfully prolonged the calling of Parliament for plainly political reasons.  In so doing  it has ignored various rulings of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of the country leading to a constitutional breach which can only be repaired once Parliament meets.”

Manino lelei upu tuu saó a le faamasinoga.  Ma o le ata lea ua tatou vaai atu ai nei, lea ua atagia mai le ofisa ole Palemia Faaauau, ma a na faatalatalanoaga.

Na toe faapea ai loa le faamasinoga i le part mulimuli lava ae leí lauina mai le iuga.:At 63-
“The Rule of Law must be able to provide Relief against such a breakdown at least until such time as the constitutional breach can be remedied.  To do otherwise would mean the Courts are in the invidious position of having to “cross its arms and do nothing but witness the Complete paralysis of the judicial power which is one of the 3-pillars of the State”, and thereby the collapse of the Rule of Law…””Oka…O le matua Loloto lava ma aanoa  o  nei  upu, ma e  masalo o se Essay atoa, e alu i le auiliiliina o le loloto ma le  maáleále o lenei malelega matagofie.Ae e faaiú atu lenei tusitusiga, i se manatu faatupu manatu.Lea ua manino mata o le vai, tusa ai ma le Order poo le poloaiga a le faamasinoga.
Ia usuia loa le palemene ae leí uma aso e Fitu.  Ia tautuana foi i le Loia Sili, ia au ai uma Actors ma faatino o latou matafaioi, tusa ai ma le Faavae.Peitai. Lea foi ua manino , tusa ai ma faatalanoaga a le Palemia Caretaker , e Leai se Fono e usuia, ma o le a apili foi lenei  faaiuga.E i ai upu a le Palemia Caretaker na tuu saó mai i le 2 Ap, ma salalau i le pepa.
Faapea lo na faitauina i a na faapalagi ni si  o taimi, matua le fetaui lava o nisi o Grammar , But o loo atagia ai…  E matua LEAI lava ma so na faaaloalo i le itupa poo le Lala o Faamasinoga.:”The three branches of the independent state of Samoa, namely, the Legislature, the Judiciary and the Executive, must respect one another,” he said.

“And no one branch should extend its power over another, “Hitler style”, especially when it comes to Parliament, the Supreme lawmaking authority of the State, for the simple reason, its members are elected representatives of the people of Samoa.”

Fai mai a na upu mulimuli, O le PALEMENE O le Supreme Lawmaking Authority o le Atunuu. Fono Fai tulafono.  O lea la e saólele.  We All Agree.

Ma e o le Palemene foi, e mafua mai, pe faavaea i Sui Filifilia o le Atunuu ua Maeá ona Faatauto.
O le faalavelave la o le manatu a le Palemia Caretaker,  i le taimi nei, e LEAI se Faiga Malo…Lo na uiga, e Leai se EXECUTIVE..
A tuu foi i se isi itu, e le o Faamamaluina pe Faatulafonoa se Executive.
E leai foi se PALEMENE. Poo se Legislature. Aua foi lea e musu e usuia le Fono Usu a le Atunuu.

Lo na uiga la, ua na o le Faamasinoga poo le JUDICIARY o le Tafa tolu o faiga malo (3 pillars of Government) lea o loo Tumau, Malosi ma Faamoemoe i ai le Atunuu i lenei Taimi.Afai la e Le o i ai se FAigamalo, poo se Palemene, ua faatautoina…

O le mea saó , e Le o solia pe solitulafono le Faamasinoga, poo ua over extend or overeach la na Power, aua , e le o i ai  isi vaega o le tafa tolu.
“”You cant over reach or overule, hitler style, anything that doesnt exist””
A o le fai mai lea o le Palemia Caretaker, o le Faamasinoga ua peiseai o HIKILA ma le faiga o a na faaiuga, ….
..then may be He should grow up, stop sulking, stop the deception, concede Defeat and Malolo faatamalii.
Maybe then Legislature and Executive may rise once again and join forces with lonely judiciary, so that all three may  live happily ever after, guiding the rest of the Samoa into eternal bliss.  If Only. 😊
Taulapapa Victor T Washburn