BANISHED SAMOAN FAMILY ALLOWED BACK IN VILLAGE

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By Asenati Taugasolo Semu

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Oct. 5) – Former Member of Parliament Pa’u Sefo can remain living in his village of Fusi, Safotulafai, on the Samoan island of Savai’i, after the Lands and Titles court ruled in his favor.

The village council in August banned the member of parliament and members of his extended family for life. This followed a dispute between the former Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) MP and some chiefs of the village.

High chief Pa’u Sefo, when asked yesterday about the decision, said he was unable to comment.

However, one of Fusi Safotulafai’s orators, Namulauulu Vavae Tuilagi, said one of the village chiefs, Leilua Akapo, had said that Pa’u Sefo had acted as the only chief with the top authority.

Namualauulu said Leilua also claimed that Pa’u had made disrespectful remarks about him during a village event.

The village council decision gave him 30 days to remove his family and everything they own.

Pa’u Sefo is a well-known businessman in Fusi.

October 6, 2004

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