Success equals positive, poor equals negative

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Dear Editor

Re: Wasted millions on bad roads

F for Failure If you think of successful leadership as an equation because you obtain a positive result, then poor leadership is like an equation with a negative result.

The logical outcome of good leadership is that most citizens are happy and content with their lives and that a society is productive. If the leaders are happy and wealthy, while the majority of citizens are suffering poverty, poor education and public services then clearly those leaders are not serving the community.

Some say that the Human Rights Protection Party has achieved great things for Samoa and for that reason we should trust them and allow them to rule without asking questions. My reply is always the same. Without transparency, without us seeing the true amount of $ that has been used by the HRPP for all purposes then we cannot say that they have done a good job.

If the books were opened and we find that they have spent 90% of all income since coming into power on themselves and only 10% on the people of Samoa, then we could say that they have been terrible leaders and nothing more than thieves.

Analysts have calculated that a country which runs a tax haven doubles its GDP due to that very fact alone. Yet SIFA, Samoa’s tax haven, although a government agency, pays no tax to the people of Samoa, so that its profits are hidden and disappear.

Samoa’s jetsetting celebrity lifestyle politicians have never had it so

good. They persuade our people that politics is mysterious, about foreign policy and meeting with the big boys overseas; that meeting the Pope somehow makes them holy. Yet the drainage and sewage, the roads and electricity, the health and education sectors fail all the time.

Unless there is a change of leadership so that the HRPP’s books are forced open, then the same result will be achieved every year.

The HRPP receive an F on their report card for leadership because they are in power to plunder not serve the people of Samoa.

`Exploitation for profit is certainly one way that the empowered in a

society can show their scorn for those they feel are insignificant,

contemptible, subhuman or otherwise inferior to themselves. ..this attitude can quickly become a piece of circular logic: the self-serving belief that those we oppress ...must be deserving of such treatment...it’s very easy to hate those we harm’

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In so many villages in Samoa there are small children who rely on an ancient promise. This promise is so deeply felt that it is hard to imagine a future without this assurance.

This land of Samoa is a gift to all of us. It is our cultural heritage. It

strengthens us all whether we are near or far. Within this land lie the bones of our ancestors.

This security, this comfort, this fortress is threatened by the actions of

Samoa’s current leaders. In International Law the highest form of land

ownership is ancestral title. The Human Rights Protection Party is acting to transfer the ownership of our ancestral land away from us and into their hands as controllers of the government.

This theft of our sovereignty by the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 is happening right now and I stand against it and I ask you to join me as a fellow Samoan and as a guardian of the Fa’aSamoa to fight for the survival of our children.

Have you noticed PM Tuilaepa rushes around the World shaking hands begging for $ while Samoa’s social problems are utterly out of control. So he is large on the World stage but missing to solve the peoples’ problems.

There is no poverty at his house.

Dr. Iati Iati,

“If done properly, the auditing of government accounts reveals the

extent to which the government legally and effectively uses public finances

The Auditor General works in conjunction with the Legislative Assembly in the pursuit of political accountability. There are forty nine seats in the Assembly, and forty seven are reserved for Members who hold matai titles. The other two are open to non-matai.

Article 99, Section 2 of the Constitution states,

The Controller and Chief Auditor shall report at least once annually [every year] to the Legislative Assembly on the performance of his functions under this Article and shall in his report draw attention to any irregularities in the accounts audited”

Tuilaepa’s bag man, Fuimaono Camillo Afele, his son in law, the Auditor General, also gets an F for failing to audit every year as required by the Constitution.

Maua Faleauto

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