SAMOA LAWMAKERS TO TRACK DISASTER DONATIONS

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All funds and allocations to be publicly declared

By Alan Ah Mu APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Nov. 18, 2009) - All money donated to government for tsunami relief in Samoa is to be declared.

"They will all be tabled in Parliament," chairman of Disaster Advisory Committee, Taule’ale’ausumai La’avasa Malua, said.

Included will be where the money was spent, Taule’ale’ausumai said.

All money that comes in to government from overseas for a purpose becomes public money, he said.

"If it is for assistance in electricity, some of the money heads there … if it is help for agriculture some of the money goes there."

Government may not under law distribute such public funds to individuals, Taule’ale’ausumai said.

Samoa Observer understands members of the Opposition are already calculating the amount of funds donated for tsunami relief.

The intention is to ask for an account of how they were spent.

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