P.M. blasts heads of Government

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NOT HAPPY: P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele and his wife Gillian Malielegaoi during the closing of the National Week of Prayers and Fasting.

NOT HAPPY: P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele and his wife Gillian Malielegaoi during the closing of the National Week of Prayers and Fasting. (Photo: Government)

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has slammed the heads of government bodies that did not attend the services for the National Week of Prayers and Fasting, last week.

Tuilaepa made his displeasure known in a letter to all the Heads of Government Ministries, Corporations and Authorities, dated 5 January 2018. 

All Cabinet Ministers are copied. 

A copy of the letter obtained by the Samoa Observer shows the Prime Minister’s disappointment about the turn out, especially by the Chief Executive Officers.

“In my observation and count, there were not ten Chief Executive Officers present,” a translation of Tuilaepa’s letter reads.

“This is not new, we see the same C.E.O.s every year.”

The Prime Minister reminded the public servants about the importance of the Week of Prayers and Fasting. 

It is a critical period for Samoa, he told them.

“During these services, we go before God to seek his help in our country’s journey as well as his guidance for our work in this New Year,” he said. 

“According to the scriptures, if you are faithful with little, you will be chosen to have authority over much. Which means that any Head of Ministry who thinks lightly of God, they won’t be in that position for long.”

But that’s not all.

“God will provide a way to hang your skeleton infront of Cabinet,” he warned. “How can we proclaim that our government is founded on God when they are just empty words.”

The Prime Minister made exception for people who had funerals and other commitments they could not get out of.

“Never mind those who had unforeseen circumstances that they had to attend, but for those who were available but chose not to attend, it’s time to start anew,” he writes.

“God is not mocked, every strand of hair he counts. Remember your calling and the oath you took before God.

“May God bless your work for this new year and remember your roles as leaders, do not be slack.” 

The following is the letter from Tuilaepa in Samoan followed by an English translation:

 

5 Ianuari 2018

Fa’auluuluga o Matagaluega ma Faalapotopotoga a le Malo

Ma Ofisa Fa’avae Faaletulafono

 

VAIASO TATALO MA ANAPOGI

Ua faaiuina i le asō le vaiaso o tatalo ma anapogi a le atunu’u na taulamua ai le Malo ma le Fono a Ekalesia Soofaatasi i Samoa. Ou te faafetai atu i Faauluuluga uma sa auai ma Matagaluega na peseina viiga o le Atua o nei sauniga.

O la’u matau e le atoa se toasefulu o CEOs na auai. E le fou le mea lenei i  tausaga taitasi, o CEOs masani lava nei o loo matou vaai i ai. O le sauniga lenei tatou te o ai i luma o le Atua e alofagia le folauga a le atunuu ma muaau ma muliau iā tatou galuega mo lenei tausaga fou. Ia aua nei galo ia te outou o tou tofiga e mai i le Atua. O upu o le Tusi afai tou te faamaoni i mea iti, e tofia outou e pulea mea e tele. O lona uiga o soo se Fauluuluga e le fatauaina ma mama ia te ia le Atua, e le umi na i ai i tofiga nei. E aumai lava e le Atua le auala e faatautau ai lou atigi tagata i luma o le Kapeneta. Faapefea ona laulauvivilu o le Atua e faavae ai lo tatou Malo, ae na o upu gaogao ii.

ONLY A HANDFUL: Some of the heads of government bodies who were present during the closing ceremony of the National Week of Prayers and Fasting last week. Photo / Government
ONLY A HANDFUL: Some of the heads of government bodies who were present during the closing ceremony of the National Week of Prayers and Fasting last week. Photo / Government

E lē afaina i latou o loo faataua toe i ai tuatuagia le maalofia, ae mo i latou sa avanoa ae le auai, toe fua nei se tapu. E le ulugia le Atua, ma e oo lava i o tatou laulu, na te faitauina uma. Ia fa’ataua lou valaauina ma lau tautoga i luma ole Atua. 

Ia fa’amanuia le Atua i feau o lenei tausaga fou, ma ia tautuana outou tiute faataitai aua le faatamala.

 

Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

PALEMIA

 

Kopi: Minisita o le Kapeneta

 

 

A translation of the letter 

 

5 January 2018 

Heads of Government Ministries, 

Corporations and Authorities

RE: WEEK OF PRAYERS AND FASTING 

Today was the end of the nation’s Week of Prayers and Fasting where the government and the National Council of Churches took the lead. I want to thank all heads of Ministries and public servants who were present to sing the hymns to praise God during these services.

In my observation and count, there were not ten Chief Executive Officers present. This is not new, we see the same C.E.Os every year. During these services, we go before God to seek his help in our country’s journey as well as his guidance for our work in this New Year. According to the scriptures, if you are faithful with little, you will be chosen to have authority over much. Which means that any Head of Ministry who thinks lightly of God, they won’t be in that position for long. God will provide a way to hang your skeleton infront of Cabinet. How can we proclaim that our government is founded on God when they are just empty words.

Never mind those who had unforeseen circumstances that they had to attend, but for those who were available but chose not to attend, it’s time to make a new goal. God is not mocked, every strand of hair he counts. Remember your calling and the oath you took before God.

May God bless your work for this New Year and remember your roles as leaders, do not be slack. 

 

Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi

PRIME MINISTER 

 

Copied: All Cabinet Ministers

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