Opposition leader, Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi has expressed disappointment with the Speaker of the House, Li’o Papalii Taeu Masipa’u for publicising his letter that was written in strict confidence.
In his latest response, issued yesterday Tuilaepa questioned the Speaker motive by sharing his letter on publicly, referring to his March 9th letter which outlines concerns over the appointment of the Deputy Speaker, Auappau Aloi-tafua Mulipola as Chairman of the Parliament Inquiry, given it’s a clear conflict as he was vocal against the measures when it was first proposed.
The Parliament’s Commission of Inquiry is mandated to investigate the process of the three controversial bills, including the Lands and Titles Act 2020 given there are four different versions.
But the Speaker responded and rejected the request noting that he does not have the authority to make such changes when it has already been approved by Parliament.
Li’o was dismayed as it’s apparent that Tuilaepa continues to undermine his leadership. Adding the Deputy Speaker is more than qualified to Chair the committee.
Furthermore Li’o told the Leader of the Opposition that no one will threaten him and the respective Parliament.
In response, Tuilaepa in yesterday’s letter, reminded the Speaker he is the leader of the house and the “father figure” of Parliament so when there are issues it is addressed directly to him.
The letter obtained by Radio Polynesia, the HRPP leader urged the Speaker not to make haste actions without seeking legal advice.
Adding that he’s not a child to be treated as such and that his letters were of important issues that needed to be addressed for obvious reasons, reads the translation of Tuilaepa's letter.
He said during his political career which spans over 40 years, he's never encountered such a Speaker, this is the first time, the internal issues raised, made its way on social media when it should be kept confidential.
Furthermore Tuilaepa clarified “there were no threats” rather was a humble reminder of the mandates of the three branches of Government and the Judiciary affords the opportunity to everyone to seek legal assistance and to enforce laws already in place, which Parliament approved.