Corruption in Samoa – Tuila’epa

Publication of my book Corruption in Samoa commences 1st June 2017, by daily installments running through the next 15 days. The Prime Minister of Samoa is and has been the only person who has read it up until very recently. I have held it back from publication deliberately. I did this for several reasons, but now is the time to get it ‘out there’. This post speaks directly to the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuila’epa by way of an Open Letter; preparing him for publication and explaining to others interested, the context in which it was written and is now being published.

Open Letter

Mr Palemia [Prime Minister] Tuila’epa,

In 2009, I introduced myself to you and I did so in person, as a ‘Palagi’ businessman, believing that he was called to your country by a higher Authority, but ready and willing to honour you as political leader of a country, which is as you frequently say, “Founded upon God”.

I’ve learned a lot in my time in Samoa. I now know the foolishness of such a claim, a technical impossibility let alone nothing more than a marketing meme for corruption . . . but, I digress.

In the first two years of my residency in Samoa we developed and maintained a friendship in which we both found beneficial – me to have free access to a [indeed ‘the’] political leader of my adopted country and you to have the ideas and interest firsthand from a creative and active entrepreneur. I know and acknowledge that both of us accept this as reality and that neither of us begrudge this friendship.

In the second year though, you allowed your inappropriate personal relationship with the CEO of Tourism, Papalii Sonja Hunter to interfere with your professionalism in dealing with me and to put it bluntly, you ripped the SWAP Foundation off. I was shocked that you would brush this under the carpet but I said nothing much about it at the time. I then later invited you to resign as Patron of the SWAP Foundation which you did and I withdrew from contact with you for pretty much the next three years, rarely speaking to you and keeping a low profile.

In 2015, I wrote the book Corruption in Samoa and slipped you a copy of it as I promised I would. You reacted poorly, speaking words that were unbecoming of a Prime Minister and warned me that publication of this book could have consequences. I replied informing you that you had your chance to correct any errors of fact but you didn’t and that I would be publishing. I also tried to explain, yet again that as it would have an online component that this could have serious long-term ramifications. You have never and till this day still do not understand the modern world’s communication systems, despite my constant encouragement for you to get with it. You are and appears will remain an old-school politician unable to engage with the real world where it is at, online.

In 2016, you, as Minister of Immigration in Samoa, issued an order that deemed me to be a “Prohibited Immigrant” and you did this (a) secretively, (b) cowardly, (c) illegally and (d) immorally.  For clarification of these four claims, I explain to you and all others interested that you did this (a) without my knowledge i.e. behind my back, (b) following my direct personal approach to you when I asked you specifically and directly to your face, “Do you want me to go, because if you do, it’s not a problem?” (c) contrary to Samoan laws which require you as Minister to both inform a victim of your decision-making and to give them legal opportunity to respond and (d) against all moral and ethical principles as taught in all civilised societies.

Aside from many other things I and others could complain of in regards to your conduct, Tui, this makes you dishonest, a coward, a criminal and a hypocrite. I, and all who read these words now know (if they never did before) the true nature of the Samoan Palemia, the “top dog” politician of “Paradise”.

I publish Corruption in Samoa now, because the time is right. I didn’t do this as a knee-jerk reaction out of spite when you evicted me even though I lost everything I owned in Samoa. I waited until now. I lost my Samoan wife, my three step-children, my entire assets, all the labours of my hands for seven years in the prime of my working life. Every asset I owned right down to my original birth certificate (which I had kept safe for 58 years!), videos of my children growing up and whatever family heirlooms I had managed to protect for my offspring over the years – all gone, thanks to you and your people. My friends in Samoa know not where I am nor why I have departed. The little girl Mahina who I wanted to adopt has missed out on a Palagi father, due to your actions. To be quite frank Tui, I don’t have a lot of time for you . . . you don’t really mean a lot to me anymore. You’re just a politician as corrupt as all the other ones you are constantly covering for up there, and with a big ego.

But I don’t publish here to hurt you, or to hurt Samoa. I publish here because this is the truth. It is my story and the people that I care about, really want to hear the truth. Mainly they are the little people, and they want me to tell it like it really is.

Over the years ahead, Tui, my story will come out more and people across the globe will be learning more about the truth of Samoa, and you, and the evil of the corruption that pervades your people, your culture and your country. I warned you on the 10 June 2015, when I responded to your condescending and offensive response to this book where you said:

You have a lot to learn [about Samoa]

I will remind you, and also so that the world can see what I said to you in reply:

You have a lot to learn about me

I am fearless to speak the truth, especially before crooks and fools like you. You have cast me aside, Tui, and you achieved your goal – Samoa is now rid of the prophet who dared to speak the truth but the world will know shortly why it is that you are so scared of me and what I say, that you had to be rid of me . . . your immoral personal conduct.

On the 10th June 2015, I said to you:

Your hint/threat of litigation is totally meaningless – you had prior warning and opportunity to make comments and correct it but chose not to, and even with your formal response yesterday you STILL didn’t detail WHAT you have a problem with. I invite you to respond in detail and/or sue me – it will also help my book sales enormously. Better still, you could put my whistle-blower credibility through the roof if you had my immigration status ‘reviewed’. Be careful for I am an intelligent man and the contents of the book and the website are way more than just me mouthing off.

I baited you Tui – an open bait in writing with a warning attached to it.  A year later and you did exactly that, you ‘reviewed’ my Immigration status.

You are a fool to try and cover for your immorality. You are stupid for evicting a blogger, fearless to speak it as it is. You failed to listen or understand to my countless words of advice over engaging with the people where they are (online) and you are man past his prime on a slippery slide into a horrible shameful demise.

If this was all on your shoulders, it would mean nothing to most of us outside of your family. I believe it has though , because you you are a Samoan and represent Samoa, brought shame upon the entire country and people of Samoa. Sadly, I predict that you will attempt to deceive, minimise or ignore my words and that your people will again suffer their embarrassment and shame at your conduct simply because they have to.

I told you that I would be publishing. I am, unlike you, a man of my word. Unlike you, too, I have no axe to grind; no political barrow to push and am not ‘in it’ for anything. I simply observe, ask questions, engage brain and speak the truth, fearlessly.

It’s two years now since I wrote the book and gave you a copy. It’s been a year since you signed the order to ‘ban the blogger’.

I now publish.

Posterity will record you as the face of Corruption in Samoa and I trust me as the one who paid the price.

Dennis
New Zealand
1 June 2017

As all know in Samoa, despite his protestations to the contrary the Palemia is King Kong in Samoa; if he wanted to address corruption he would have. The truth, as we will see in the next posts, is that corruption has not reduced on his watch because it emanates from the top.

I also continue these Open Letters on my Palemia website, with personal letters to the Big Man on a range of topics.

 
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  1. Vaoliko Pesamino says:

    Firstly, I must convey my utmost n sincere congratulations and appreciation for your book, my only criticism would be, that it should have been published ages ago. There had been numerous allegations of corruptions against Tuilaepa n his HRPP colleagues, yet none had the courage to say anything about it. Since OLPha$ started revealing their disgraceful n unlawful behaviour, maybe none of these would have blown up. I’d recalled some years back, when one of my friends had mentioned Tuilaepa’s affair with that Sonia Hunter, we’re were quite mystified, Not because he’s just the PM, but he’s also a married man with many children, with many more positions everywhere in the world. It’s just unbelievable, and the Head of State should do something about this scandal. He must be remov3d immediately

    • > Firstly, I must convey my utmost n sincere congratulations and appreciation for your book,

      Thank you for your support Vaoliko. It cost me everything I own, including my Samoan wife and family. Not publishing it per se, but the fact that Tuila’epa knew that I was publishing it, and like a coward had me removed from the country through the back door.

      > my only criticism would be, that it should have been published ages ago.

      I wrote it in 2015 and gave it to the Old Man because he asked for a copy of it. No one else say it from 1 June 2015 until 1 June 2017 when I published it online free. While we want to hurt others who have hurt us, I try not to. Tui shoudl have taken the hint that this book was a shot across his bows. I told him in writing that this would be published; that he didn’t understand me and what I was all about. He underestimated me and thought that he was bigger than the Lord. The timing however is impeccable in His hands. I chose NOT to retaliate, and to publish only two years after he got a copy and almost a year after he evicted me from Samoa. People with agendas want to push things. I don’t. I just want to speak the truth.

      > There had been numerous allegations of corruptions against Tuilaepa n his HRPP colleagues,

      That’s not 100% true as many people tried to do something and to say something. Samoa Observer pretty much backed off around the last elections, so there must have been a deal there and they tended to bleat a little more than actually DO anything. The point though was that some people did try.

      > yet none had the courage to say anything about it.

      Yes but again this is not entirely fair. Dealing with financial/political corruption is only one part of it all and there are huge costs to speaking out. Sometimes it is simply unwise to destroy your entire family over something that is a wider social concern. I did and do but that willingness to pay the price is unusual and not for all.

      > Since OLPha$ started revealing their disgraceful n unlawful behaviour, maybe none of these would have blown up.

      I have a lot of time for OLP and when they finally get to him (and they will) I will do what I can to help but sniping from the sides is not as effective as full-frontal exposure. The thing about my exposure is that it comes from a Palagi, an outsider, and that I’ve paid a huge price. You are right though that these things could have remained a secret, if I and OLP didn’t have the b*lls to speak up.

      > I’d recalled some years back, when one of my friends had mentioned Tuilaepa’s affair with that Sonia Hunter, we’re were quite mystified,

      It was not an affair. Sonya Hunter was and IS his mistress. I witnessed inappropriate relationship personally in 2011 and mentioned this in the book. This was the subject which Tui feared coming out in public. I can also tell you that not all in Samoa knew, but many did. My research has tracked the relationship back to at least 2008, and was most likely prior to that. Their relationship is and was more than an “affair”.

      > Not because he’s just the PM, but he’s also a married man with many children, with many more positions everywhere in the world. It’s just unbelievable, and the Head of State should do something about this scandal.

      When you understand power, pride and the Samoan culture you have to accept that this is the norm, and as I have said many times, it is not the act that counts in Samoan culture, it is getting caught and the shame of it getting out. As has been said to me often, “Tenisi, everyone’s doing it. What’s the problem?” The problem is that [almost] everyone IS doing it yet they proclaim that Samos is founded upon [the Christian] God. Truth exposes hypocrisy.

      Thank you for commenting here.

      > He must be remov3d immediately

      No, for then you will get people who are even worse. You need to understand that the people receive a leader they deserve. Don’t attack me for saying that – the Lord said it. The answer is that the little people need to get THEIR acts together, fear God, learn to give sacrificially under His guidance (not the faifeau’s or the High Chief’s) and then the political leaders will be exposed for who they really are. Much more on this coming up.

      Thank you so much for commenting here. I hope it’s made the world a better place!

  2. Salu Stone says:

    Hello Salu and thank you for commenting here.

    > Thank you for this very enlightening eloquence writing. I am one of those who reads and understands literature and this is absolutely amazing. I appreciate it and it’s right on point.

    Thank you Salu. I appreciate your comments and support. I think more than the eloquence is the circumstances in which this book is published. I gave everything I had to Samoa and got treated like a dog. I held back so much and attempted with everything I had to do the right thing, yet Samoa’s leadership sought right from the outset to undermine everything good and godly. In fact it wasn’t the Old Man who was worst – it was his mistress who from the day I stepped on island had it in for me. I mentioned this in the book. This weakness where his leadership was compromised to a woman who sought and gained power was IMHO his error, leading to his incapacity to make wise decisions. Sadly I see this too often in Samoa as I do in many political situations across the globe.

    > There are truths in this piece and I look forward to reading the whole book if I can get my hands on it,

    It’s all available online, free Salu. Just keep clicking away!

    > It’s sad that this P.M. is pulling a wool over the lowly Samoa’s eyes on the island: who have no access to information, or even know where to get information because of the so-called respect they have for those in government.

    I agree that this faith in their political leaders is misplaced but this is common across the globe. Samoa SHOULD be wiser but the church leadership is equally corrupt, thus the teaching has failed to come through. Where is the example when the churches [generally] legislate attendance, giving and submission? This is your problem Salu. People in power are corrupt because they do not fear the Lord. Pride is the cause. I speak because this is what the people desperately need to hear.

    > It’s a pity that a small island is subjected to oligarchy control by a man and his ego who is keeping Samoans in Samoa ignorant. I hope it will not be too late for Samoans to realize they have been duped by this corrupt controlling P.M.

    I agree and am doing what I can to share the truth but don’t think that changing the leader will change the country one iota. Do you not think that those under him do not have the same goals of control. Look at how much and for how long the Deputy PM wants the top job. Do you think she has sat on the sidelines to depower the PM’s position when or if she gets it . . . or the others? I think it IS important to speak it like it is, and for this stuff to get out there but this is only a part of a solution. Look to Jesus and how He did it. He paid the price. Are Samoans individually prepared to pay the price? I think the climate is changing but still, the answer is, no. Not yet anyway.

    > Thank you for your time. I wish you success in putting this book out there into the universe for all to read.

    That’s fine Salu. The book is already online in full. Just click away!

  3. Talofa Denise

    As a Samoan Matai and an advocate of all these corruptions in Samoa, I bow my head before you, the Olp Page, my Fab Four colleagues in Samoa and NZ Retired Barrister Maua Faleauto, for bringing and pointing out these corrupt actions for the attention of the world and our Samoans at large. I can now hope that this book will open up the eyes of all those idiots who still think that Tuilaepa era is the best thing that ever happened in our country of Paradise. This prime minister is a real fraud in our country. A freak whom dwells only on his qualifications but nor the wisdom of God.

    There is Samoan saying, normally spoken by His Highness Tui-Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, during his effort of regaining his grip into the Prime Minister’s position; “E i ai lava le taimi o le Atua” (God will have his time).
    During the seven elections in Samoa, when I was mingleing and rubbing shoulders with the Samoan politicians, I have wtnessed it all and had been chellenging this corrupt prime minister into a live one on one interview during my Talk Show on Talofa FM but all he respond with is a denial.

    Well now Tui-Atua’s prophecy hascome true.As you stated that you were waiting for the right time for your book publication, and that time is now. With the “People Movement” at the same time, your timing is absolutely right. Now this corrupt prime minister and his corrupt allies cannot run away this time. Not only that they are caught, but they are well blocked from every corner.

    I congratulate you for the effort and ggod luck to your book launch. We will all be waiting to buy a copy and be keen to read more in your research. God bless !!!

    • > Talofa Denise [It’s actually Dennis, or Tenisi in a Samoan context, and Nisi to my closest friends or those who want to be]

      Talofa Vui and thank you for writing here. Fa’afetai.

      > As a Samoan Matai and an advocate of all these corruptions in Samoa, I bow my head before you, the Olp Page, my Fab Four colleagues in Samoa and NZ Retired Barrister Maua Faleauto, for bringing and pointing out these corrupt actions for the attention of the world and our Samoans at large.

      You speak well and your hopes are admirable.

      > I can now hope that this book will open up the eyes of all those idiots who still think that Tuilaepa era is the best thing that ever happened in our country of Paradise.

      Ouch! If you asked those people, many of them would genuinely talk about that “good” and write you off for blanket disapproval of a powerful man who is not all bad. Let’s take just one thing – the national debt. I DO cringe though at the massive debt that Samoa has incurred on his watch. By my estimates it was around about 1999,2000 that Samoa went past the point of no return with its debt which coincides with Tui’s rise to power . . . so in that sense yes, he is directly and personally accountable. BUT you also have to put this into context, there has been an unprecedented rise in NWO promotions, temptations, opportunities and bribes so it wouldn’t have mattered who was PM they too are very likely to have bought into the selling of Samoa’s sovereignty. What he cannot do however is escape personal responsibility for selling the country, and I know this because in 2011 I personally challenged him on a high profile NWO/BS thing, and I know that he knew the score – totally but still chose to do it. That was the proof that I needed (as an investigator) that he knew, and wasn’t a victim. I knew that he knew! He also knew that I knew. He shared it in confidence so until he’s gone I won’t go into details but politics is a “dark art”! Tui may have lost the plot somewhat now, but he was a masterful politician.

      > This prime minister is a real fraud in our country. A freak whom dwells only on his qualifications but nor the wisdom of God.

      A fraud, a freak and lacking wisdom! Strong words indeed but hard to argue with in some ways. May I respectfully respond to these briefly?

      1. A FRAUD. I spend my life chasing crims, crooks & crazies – professionally. The way to understand Tui best is to ask yourself what does he do? What is his job, career and where he spends most of his time. He’s a politician is he not? Politicians seek, play with and protect their power over others. As Jesus showed the reverse, and as Jesus only dealt with and showed us the truth, it is only logical that politicians hide things, distort things and that they do so for their own ends in the darkness – consolidation of power is their goal. Tuila’epa is/was an exemplary politician until recently at the top of his game. Connect the dots!

      2. A FREAK. This description contains high emotion and is shared by many of those who despise him. It is however a fringe description but one that is and will continue to become more common as the facts get out. When his powerbase dissolves, and it will, when the people find that others wield greater power than he does and this cycle occurs just as Shakespeare noted, many more will see the man for who he really is/was. I wouldn’t use that word personally, but I respect yours and others agin him to do so. It is not without some valid basis.

      3. LACKING WISDOM. I warned Tuila’epa that there was trouble afoot years ago and gave him multiple opportunities to do the right thing. He chose to take me on (and others) utilising the power games that got him to the top. Unfortunately for him, evicting me from Samoa has caused me to be more active in speaking the truth, not less, and I think I have gained HUGE credibility as the Palagi blogger who got booted out because I was prepared to take on the top man over immorality and hypocrisy no matter the price. Again, take note that I warned him in writing many times and for some years. I define wisdom as knowing the heart and mind of God in a specific situation. One of the remarkable things I noted after spending many hours with the PM when I first arrived in Samoa was his penchant for talking about the past and his desire to hear me talk about the future. It became exceedingly obvious that he had no vision and desperately needed to see and hear a true man of god speak. He noted this aspect of my Christian walk more than once (in his own way) and seemed to want to piggy-back onto my faith. I strongly suspect that in his latter years he has mulled over my words and what he did to me as he lay in bed trying to sleep. This is what happens to a man who has let his conscience be seared. I believe that Tui has not only had his day, but that in a quiet time, away from the media, and the job, he will regret many things, and as he approaches that inevitable encounter with His Maker, he will know that he has problems.

      > There is Samoan saying, normally spoken by His Highness Tui-Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, during his effort of regaining his grip into the Prime Minister’s position; “E i ai lava le taimi o le Atua” (God will have his time).

      This is wise. Wiser though is knowing that time, plugging into it and being a part of His will, thus while He has the wisdom in general, we must exercise wisdom day by day in what we do; what we say and the timing of it.

      > During the seven elections in Samoa, when I was mingleing and rubbing shoulders with the Samoan politicians, I have witnessed it all and had been chellenging this corrupt prime minister into a live one on one interview during my Talk Show on Talofa FM but all he respond with is a denial.

      Bluff, blunder, Wizard of Oz. What else can a politician do when cornered?

      > Well now Tui-Atua’s prophecy hascome true.As you stated that you were waiting for the right time for your book publication, and that time is now. With the “People Movement” at the same time, your timing is absolutely right. Now this corrupt prime minister and his corrupt allies cannot run away this time. Not only that they are caught, but they are well blocked from every corner.

      These words will fill many with hope, however sadly, I think you will find your long-sought-after victory over evil short-lived as more snakes arise from the cess-pits of Samoan politics. The reason I say this Vui is not only my understanding of human nature, but if the way that the Lord deals with evil. Think back to Jesus and His handling of betrayal and corruption both within His ranks and in the society of the day. First He gave Judas the opportunity to betray Him. Incredible. Then to the ones who SHOULD have been doing the Lord’s work and weren’t instead oppressing the people . . . He literally baited them, took them on and called them what they were . . . scum . . . then quietly let them have their way and let the Father raise Him from the dead. Lastly the political forces of the day He totally ignored. You see God doesn’t fight evil. He doesn’t need to! He simply let’s it have its way and works in and through and around it to achieve His purpose. It self-destructs because that’s its nature.

      Believing that the removal or HRPP or the Big Man or any political act will make a dime of difference is not wise. Far wiser Vui is to listen to Him YOURSELF and do what He wants you to do in your society. THAT is the sort of thing, that can change the world. Yes it is exciting when a bad guy(s) get their wings clipped, and bring it on even more, but even more when the little people stand up, rise up and follow the Master. Remember that it wasn’t Jesus who changed the world. He was just the Son of God who showed a dozen boys how to live. It wasn’t even the Disciples who did it. No, it was after Pentecost when thousands of converts all said, “Me too! I believe!” and paid the ultimate price at the hands of evil that turned the known world upside down. Make sure that you and yours are prepared to pay the price (whatever it is) Vui, and Samoa will be a place welcomed, loved and appreciated by multitudes. You won’t need STA, it’s corrupt & immoral leadership to try and drum up tourism!

      > I congratulate you for the effort and ggod luck to your book launch. We will all be waiting to buy a copy and be keen to read more in your research. God bless !!!

      The book is available free online on this website and has been since 1 June 2017. Thank you kindly for commenting here. Bless you too. He is to me.

  4. Ile Leaupepe Vasefanua says:

    Bravo Dennis and OLP for your courageous efforts in relating the truth to Samoa and exposing this corrupted PM and his Cabinet. My late father who served in notable positions for the Govt of Samoa for many years mainly in the Land and Titles Court as deputy registrar/judge, was born in Tokelau to Samoan parents who were the EFKS missionaries to the island back then, hence my father’s NZ citizenship etc.. My father applied for Samoan citizenship numerous times without success, and numerous times no logical explanation was given as to why, until recently after his passing last year that a sister of a friend told me that their office were still puzzled as to why the PMs Tofilau back then and current PM still declined my father’s application for Samoan citizenship by descent. But we knew because my father was a fearless speaker of the truth and who also not afraid acting on it, a trait that earned him a lot enemies with working colleagues and fellow judges including the PMs, but more so was the fact he knew too much..his knowledge of the Land & Titles was unreal he was like a walking cabinet of L&T which I believe was his downfall with these thugs of PMs. My father’s village Fasito’o wanted my father as their candidate to run for parliament in his prime but he couldn’t do it because of being a non Samoan citizen..maybe it was a blessing in disguise for him as he could end up like my relative Levaulu Kamu(rip champ) My father loved Samoa but he was out numbered by a army of crooks and their corrupted leaders. Dennis I can understand where you’re coming from and I only hope you’re book was published earlier for my dad to read and add for the 2nd edition God bless you and OLP forever and we pray for justice and mercy to be finally served upon the people of our beloved Samoa!! All the very best for your future endeavours and can’t wait to get my hands on your book.

    • Thank you for posting here Ile and sharing your family story. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement also. Your hope for truth, justice & mercy is in your hands, not mine. Jesus gave YOU the responsibility to speak the truth with His ascension and He gave you the power with the Holy Spirit post Pentecost. The bible says that the people get the leadership they deserve, thus while your leaders are corrupt (or course) they are actually empowered by you. You, yes you personally are responsible for the state of your country. I am not saying that you are bad or wrong, I’m just saying that I am an outsider, sure one who cares, but I speak the truth. Take the lessons from OLP and me, speak it as you know it to be and pay the price. In my experience Ile, many, if not most Samoans know the truth, it’s just that they are not prepared to pay the price for it to have its way. Pay the price in whatever way God is calling you to and your country will turn from its wicked ways on a dime, as the people who manipulate for personal benefit scurry away like cockroaches do in the light. The book is available online free. Just click and read. It has been up since 1st June 2017. If you need help to get your story out, just go to http://www.writingthewrong.com. Blessings to you.

      BTW: Like your father, I never took on Samoan Citizenship even though at the time I would have been entitled to it – indeed even Tuila’epa himself wanted me to have it. Be careful pledging allegiance to something other than the Lord.

  5. Thank you Dennis A. Smith

    • For exposing immorality, corruption, greed, self-interest, abuse of power, manipulation, pride? For paying the price? Thank you for you thank you, whatever it relates to nevertheless.

      I’ve recently given a write-up of what to do. (Corruption in Samoa – What To Do) Please read it, for it contains the key for solving the problem(s) that beset Samoan society.

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