12 February 2019, Apia Samoa. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi was thankful for the donated goods but sent a stern message to the Ministry of Agriculture during the presentation of 4,000 boots and 500 pants gifted by Police Officer Jo Mikarna of Melbourne Australia.
The Prime Minister warned the Ministry to distribute the donated goods appropriately and with honesty to the people in need and not to workers of the Ministry.
“Aua, aua, aua nei avea seevae nei i tagata faigaluega, e le moomia e le aufaigaluega a latou ni seevae afai e moomia seeva, o latou e faatau o la e maua totogi.”
Tuilaepa reminded the Ministry to adopt proper criteria for distribution and to ensure that fair and equitable processes are followed.
“Ave ia i latou lea e moomia le fesoasoani ae sei saili lelei pe faapefea ona faasoa.
“O mea nei e aumai, ou te leiloa pe fa’apefea ona fa’asoa, e uma ifo foi, o’o i lea vaiaso sau ni faitioga se tele.
“Aua nei faia se mea fa’aletonu.
Tuilaepa told the Associate Minister and the CEO of Agriculture to make sure Cabinet sees the list of people to whom the goods would be distributed.
“Aua nei faia se lisi ae lei avatua i o i le kapeneta sei tilotilo muamua iai le kapeneta. E lelei le tilotilo muamua iai o mata e 13 nai lo le tilotilo iai o mata e tolu nao le Minisita ma le Sui Minisita ma le Pule. O iina tonu lava e ono ifi ai le faamoemoe o si tinā lenei ona lē toe aumaia foi lea o ni meaalofa faapenei.”
However, when the Prime Minister left, the ACEO of the Crops Division Moafanua Tolo Iosefa was asked by the Acting CEO of MAF Lupeomanu Pelenato Fonoti, to come with his list and make his distribution.
“Susu mai loa e faasoa lau lisi.”