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Wednesday, July 21, 1999
Samoa News

CONCERNED CITIZEN ORGANIZING CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST FONO

PAGO PAGO--A private citizen concerned with the spending of taxpayers’ money without proper authorization is seeking support from the public, especially other taxpayers, in efforts to file a class action lawsuit against the Legislature (Fono).

The possible lawsuit against the Fono stems from the "shameful" overspending of taxpayers’ money during the 50th Golden Jubilee Celebration last year.

RESOLUTION TO EXPEL SENATOR INTRODUCED AND PUT ON HOLD

PAGO PAGO--The Senate has postponed a final vote on a resolution that would expel the Chairman of the Fono’s 50th Golden Jubilee Committee.

Jubilee Chairman Senator Moaaliitele Tuufuli is currently on suspension, based on a unanimous April 1 Senate vote following a recommendation by the Senate’s Jubilee investigative committee.

The resolution to expel Senator Moaaliitele was introduced yesterday morning by 12 Senators "for his neglect of duty" as Chairman of the Jubilee Committee. The Jubilee’s $100,000 approved budget was overspent by almost $600,000.

SCHOOL LUNCH MILK CONTRACT TO STAY WITH GHC REID

PAGO PAGO--Governor Tauese Sunia has reconfirmed the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO)’s decision to award the School Lunch Program’s milk contract for 1999/2000 to GHC Reid Ltd.

The Governor’s decision, dated July 20th, was released to the media yesterday following a July 1st hearing of the Governor’s Appeals Panel by Island’s Choice, Inc. concerning the CPO awarding the contract to GHC Reid.

Island’s Choice was awarded the juice contract.

TAO REPORT REVEALS "NON-COMPLIANCE" BY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

PAGO PAGO--Several unannounced cash counts conducted by the Territorial Audit Office (TAO) revealed "non-compliance" by the employees of at least three Government departments, according to House Speaker Aina Saoluaga T. Nua.

This information was brought to the attention of Governor Tauese Sunia as part of a communiqué last week from the House Speaker on behalf of the House membership.

A copy made its way to Samoa News.

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