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Magiagi banishes senior matai

posted Aug 28, 2012, 9:35 PM by ema-1 ema-1
Magiagi banishes senior matai

"The dispute between the Government and Magiagi about electricity meters at the village of Magiagi took an unexpected turn yesterday. Two senior matai of Magiagi, Mataipule To’afa and Puleiata Eli Tuimaleali’ifano were banished from taking part in village activities. Made during a village meeting, the banishment was confirmed by the pulenu’u (mayor), Tuiono Leto’afa Keni, who told the Sunday Samoan that Magiagi was unanimous in its decision. “Mataipule told Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi on Thursday that the whole of Magiagi village had agreed to have cash powers,” Tuiono said. “That was not true. Only a portion of our village does but most of our villagers do not want cash powers"

Mayor reinstated

"The Alii ma Faipule met the Prime Minister yesterday afternoon. Details have not been made public except that the Prime Minister has reinstated the Village Mayor Tuiono Uini whom Cabinet terminated last week. Tuiono said the village will have to meet again before meeting with the Prime Minister soon. However, two senior matais of the village who wished to remain anonymous told the media that more talks are expected between the two parties.They also said that not the whole village is keen on the idea of cash power. There are families who believe that Government should honour whatever agreement done in the past by the previous governments and the village on their electricity usage"

Prime Minister warns village 

“No village should ever be allowed to continuously break the law. Using reasons such as ‘this is our land and our water’ to argue against not paying their bills is not right. It should not be the way to go about the situation.” The stoush has broken out because Magiagi granted the Government use of its water resources in the 1980s in exchange for access to power for the village. Now the Government wants to install cash power meters in their homes and make them pay. The village insists it will not budge and allow workers to install cash power meters in their homes; the Government in return claims Magiagi owes millions in unpaid electricity. But Magiagi village mayor, Tuiono Leto’afa Keni, says they will not be intimidated"

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