Samoa’s Important Land March

Samoan armed police during the Satapuala conflict

An upcoming protest march is scheduled in Samoa soon to protest the changes to the law relating to customary land. I support the concept of getting the truth out there. I respect the people who have arranged it and salute their bravery and passion. It will though, fail in its objectives (which as I understand it, is to affect change). In this post I explain why it will fail and pass commentary on where their real energy should be put. It’s an important post for those who want to understand the dynamics at play in relation to Samoa, as seen from a Christian perspective.

Samoa really only has two things in abundance, land and [unskilled] labour.

While it is an easily lovable people and culture, there is an ugly side to the country that is deliberately concealed. It’s lost its best with a decades long diaspora where the ones with get-up-and-go have got up and gone. It is populated by a largely proud and ignorant [as in uneducated] people with little Western-style engagement. It is a grossly corrupt and inward looking country, too small and too far away to cut the mustard in the modern global society.

Leadership has sold out to the NWO interests lock stock and barrel with current Prime Minister Tuila’epa increasingly in the hot-seat as the chickens come home to roost after his [almost] two decades of taking the country smack into its current predicament – rampant corruption and debt enslavement.

Throw in a bit of personal self-interest, a bunch of politicians who are . . . well, politicians and seemingly every second visitor to the island state being a tall man in a dark suit, with dark glasses and carrying a UN or NWO offshoot business card and you have the picture.

The March in Perspective

There are several things about this march that need to be understood, some of them hard pills to swallow for the well-meaning, hard-working and caring people that are behind it:

  1. Human, objective-driven endeavour is always polluted. The bible calls our hearts “forever deceitful” and the longer I live, the more I can see this in myself and in others around me. It requires a close relationship with the Holy Spirit – the capacity to hear Him built on humility and obedience – to understand things like Samoa’s land issues properly, certainly from a Christian perspective;
  2. Samoa does not exist, live, operate, or play in a vacuum. Global forces are at work, and this applies in a spiritual as well as economic/land laws sense. Even more so for a small vulnerable country like Samoa;
  3. The cry of the people is essentially a spiritual cry, for escape from oppression; for financial freedom and their seeking peace & prosperity. This is best summed up in the biblical concept of prayer for “Thy Kingdom [to] Come” – ‘Nirvana’ or ‘Global Consciousness Change’ if you’ve moved away from the Christian paradigm.
  4. Revolution (such as the Mau movement of the 1920s and this current wave of dissatisfaction) is essentially rebellion. It is a warrior spirit that seeks to overthrow what it sees as injustice, wrong and impose its ‘rights’ or opinions or values on others. This runs contrary to God’s Word in multiple ways.
  5. People-power can be hugely effective, but it is a trap, and a mask for pride. God dealt with this at the Tower of Babel ensuring that mankind was forced into the initial diaspora to prevent opportunities for united global domination. That is changing as we speak with centralisation of power and wealth through the NWO globalisation movement but this is predicted, and is only occurring in God’s timing. Democracy is the mechanism by which this ‘power to the people’ achieves its goals. (Usury BTW is the tool by which TPTB enslave. The two work hand-in-hand.)
  6. The pervading spirit of Samoa is the “spirit of fear”. All three control systems of Samoa use it and operate under it – the church, the central government and the local [matai] government. Closely associated with this is anger & control. It becomes deadly when self-interest and greed are allowed – they then take over.
  7. Cultural pride is strong in Samoa, with Samoa Mo Samoa [basically as I understand it, “Go Samoa!” – “Samoans for Samoa!”]  a common cry. This is a hugely satisfying and culturally significant sentiment which helps create human identity and even purpose. Cultural pride however when running contrary to Jesus’ commands and the Lord’s written Word becomes an idol, quickly and easily. Samoans err badly in this and I have yet to see Jesus win out in Samoa when a conflict situation arises between Him and the culture.
  8. Samoa claims that she is “Founded Upon God”. This is a feel-good platitude that deceives the people. Christianity always has been personal. Jesus came for the individual not a country. He has not changed. It is technically not possible for a country to be Christian thus the entire basis for the people’s thinking is faulty. The foundations of thinking must change to put Christ as the footing INDIVIDUALLY before any march or social change movement can have His blessing. This requires the people individually to pay a price. This is the real heart of all my commentary and advice.
  9. The people simply don’t understand. They do not have the will to pay the price necessary. Humility lacks. Reality is distorted, abused and maltreated. They are simply not ready to handle the godliness they think they deserve.

As I said, I endorse the march as a means to teaching, exposing, sharing and raising the subjects that are suppressed, but there is a lot that needs to occur before meaningful change can be effected. When I hear people talking about the “spirit of fear”, and when I see individuals repenting of violence towards their children and matais serving, not taking from their people . . . when I see church attendance and faifeau worship reducing, then I will speak differently.

There will be a lot more martyrs though before that happens!

Samoan Land Laws

The laws of Samoa were essentially cloned from New Zealand in 1962 when Samoa gained independence. Land laws were however written from scratch, and built into the Constitution was what is called “Customary Land” a concept largely foreign to the Western practice of personal land ownership.

In the West we buy and own land in what is called the “Torrens” land system, like we do a car or a loaf of bread. When we own it we can build on it, do what we like with it, and it is “ours”. We own it.

Samoa, like other Pacific Islands and other indigenous people “manage” it under a structured family-use policy. In Samoa we just “use” it and care for it, keeping it in community in perpetuity. The net result is that all Samoans regardless of birth country or wealth have legitimate access to land somewhere, through their genealogy to use at any time they want.

This Customary Land is a little over 80% of Samoan lands in total and the potential for privatisation of this land is the issue at stake. The government introduced legislation that permitted the registration of Customary Land under one individual’s name (ostensibly to facilitate lending by enabling banks and lenders to take a lien out on the land). The way that they did this was a little “naughty” to say the least – they slipped it through, bypassing a few checks and balances as required to by the Constitution. The inquiries have validated objectors’ complaints that due process was not undertaken but TPTB have their law in place.

The horse has well and truly bolted as far as I can see and protesters are presented as just (in the words of the Prime Minister) “ignorant” and don’t understand the realities of life (and politics & big business)! From his perspective, he is dead right. Those in power, who are part of the system have the power (and money). Those on the outside do not matter to them. Simple enough?

Corruption

Simultaneous with this land rights issue, the reason for the march, the Samoan people (in particular that Samoan diaspora) have becoming more aware and informed as to the extent and nature of corruption within their country. Prime Minister Tuila’epa, as King Kong up there, has been copping a lot of flak as word has been getting out of his misdeeds over the years in power.

Led by an anonymous blogger O Le Palemia (OLP) and a little from myself and others, the exposure of corruption has started to bite, getting reactions from TPTB that indicate that the war is hotting up.

Tuila’epa has attempted to find OLP using the Police. He says that he will criminalise defamation. Government employees are threatened that they will lose their jobs if they join a political march in their own time. Tuila’epa probably engineered and most certainly knew about a political assassination designed to let all know not to mess with him. He booted me out of Samoa when I threatened to expose his immorality. He’s been called a dictator and has the laws in place to bring in lethal force at a moment’s notice. He’s an astute and ruthless operator as can be seen from the above photo, one that I snapped on the way to Satapuala the day that Tui ordered this action. Satapuala lost their court case over their lands and blockaded the road. I heard that the PM was angry that he had to drive around the island when he came back from overseas and the boys with guns were sent out that very afternoon.

If there’s one thing about Samoans, they know how to use power when they have it!

The Real Reason

Apart from the core issue which I have identified above, being the failure to understand that meaningful change must come from God through individuals’ choices, the biggest concern I have with the land issue is that the primary reason for the land law change is never discussed.

To me, failing to get this message out is a fundamental strategic error in the activist’s work. Now I don’t know if they don’t fully realise contextual things or whether it is just that the strategic value of the context passes them by but the context of these land law changes is Agenda 21, and that Tuila’epa HAD NO CHOICE in the matter.

Whenever I investigate a subject I always drill down into the subject to get to the bottom of it. I want to understand WHY something has happened and only when I know and understand something can I then make good decision or give good advice. My aging father needed three and a half days of tests in hospital to find out what medication he needed for continued good health. The doctors needed to understand things first.

I drill into the accounts of companies I investigate. I want to see where the money is stashed away; who owns what; how and when the money got shuffled into trusts. When the Palemia ripped me off, I wanted to understand why he listened to Sonja Hunter and didn’t honour his word. I asked a gazillion people about it, formally and informally and “got it’ in the end.

I want to know WHY a man in power would risk so much to bring in land laws that changed the entire Samoan Constitution and put his reputation as someone who supposedly cared about Samoa and Samoan values at stake. Why would he do such a thing? Sure, personal greed is a powerful force but there is more . . . much more.

I said before that Samoa does not exist in a vacuum. The globalisation movement is a deliberate and well-controlled operation by TPTB (this is essentially the private interests behind big business and the central banks working in cahoots with the politicians of the moment). Secrecy and deception are the norm. There’s heaps to this but essentially how it works is that business (and that means the banks) buys politics and the people pay.

Land that is not able to be purchased and owned (the ultimate goal) has to be made available. One can use the military, bribery and/or deceit. Understanding that this is not only a global trend (something that is easy to accept for those with eyes and ears), but that it is actually deliberate brings the whole land rights into focus. Activists need to talk about Agenda 21. They need to explain it to the people. They need to show and explain how not only is the Prime Minister a liar and doing something that is going to affect future generations adversely but the reasons for those lies, deceptions and actions.

I believe that their goal with their march should be to expose the reasons why the PM did what he did. When the people understand, and see how their sovereignty is being sold BECAUSE THE POLITICIANS HAVE NO CHOICE, only then can they see that the Lord is the only hope. Expecting the PM to reverse a law that already exists for a decade, that was introduced because it HAD to be is totally unrealistic.

The same thing applies to chasing Climate Change monies; the introduction of women’s rights; reduction in the tree-felling; fisheries; health; policing; refugees; citizenship – you name it!

Summary

Let’s tidy this all up then with a quick summary. There is a protest march planned. It will fail in its objectives to achieve change. TPTB will make sure of that. They will use lethal force if they have to and they have the means to do this with international support for the rule of [their] law.

The march MAY increase awareness of the issues and give a feelgood for a few people. It will have little lasting impact because it is people-power based, is rebellion-based, feeds the cultural pride that runs contrary God’s call. He instead seeks individual Samoans to turn to Him, personally, an act from which He can then affect the change that He wants for Samoa.

I conclude with attention on the emotions/feelings of the reader – you. Thank you for swinging by and reading. If you are a Samoan and if you’ve found anything challenging here – good. I’m pleased and my time invested in sharing has been worthwhile.

It is my wish that those who have a genuine faith have it lifted from my words. Jesus always spoke the truth but His solutions were always conditional – do this and be healed; do that and be saved. In every instance His words required those He spoke to to HEAR and then OBEDIENCE. Mostly this required a huge price. Sadly I predict that Samoa will need dead bodies in the street before they turn to Him for the real resolution to the land rights issues. Their land has already been ‘sold’. Hopefully they will learn from the martyrs and the coming generation has an ear to listen and a mind to obey.

Blessings

 

 

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  1. Dennis,

    I appreciate your opinions always. I can provide you with the proof to substantiate claims made in my letter below.

    I wrote this reply to the PM’s laughter:

    Thanks to the P.M. for his kind invitation

    The Mau March on 16 December 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Vaisigano Bridge is to remember our fallen Mau leaders, such as Lauaki Namulauulu Mamoe, and their families and is intended to be a yearly event. All of the public are invited to attend.

    Samoa Solidarity International Group(SSIG) was founded by a small group of Samoans based in Samoa, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, to raise awareness around issues affecting Samoan people.

    Apart from celebrating the lives of our Mau heroes, the march draws attention to two issues destroying the lives of the people of Samoa – corruption and the alienation of customary land rights of Aiga in breach of the Constitution.

    Corruption has led to the growth of a political class, which feasts while the majority suffer. Those who profit have no complaints and fight tooth and nail to protect their criminal enterprise.
    Yet corruption destroys the lives of the people within a nation. Financial resources intended for infrastructure, healthcare and education are diverted so that a few can enjoy luxuries.

    The corruption of Samoa’s HRPP government removes any possibility of impartial justice for all as required by Samoa’s Constitution.

    Those who profit see themselves as above the law. They pass the proceeds of their crime on to their children and it is in their interests to suppress Democracy and the proper sharing of community resources to benefit all.

    As to the alienation of customary land from Aiga, in January of 1998, at the very beginning of Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s first term, the Asian Development Bank published a report saying they were dissatisfied with the amount of borrowing and lending going on in Samoa.

    The ADB threatened the government, saying that they would stop lending money to the financial sector unless Samoa agreed to two conditions:

    1) privatize the state-owned enterprises, and

    2) pass laws allowing mortgages against customary land.

    If Samoa agreed to do this, the ADB offered to lend US$7.5 million to the financial sector and to provide another US$1.0 million in technical assistance and legal advice.

    In 2000, the ADB lent US$3.5 million under Project Number 33167 to the financial sector. In exchange, the government agreed to privatize the state-owned enterprises, to create a land registry, and to allow mortgages against customary land.
    Who in the government agreed to this?

    At that time, the ADB said (and continues to say) that they had commitment from the “highest level,” which can only mean Prime Minister Tuilaepa.

    Key government officials on the project were Ms.Hinauri Petana, Financial Secretary for the Treasury Department;

    Mr.Papali’I Scanlan, Governor of the Central Bank, and

    Mr.Falani Chan Tung, Secretary of the Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry.

    Neither the parliament nor the Samoan people were asked to help decide about these radical changes to customary land law. So there was no consultation at all and consultation cannot happen after the unlawful agreement was made.

    The 2008 Land Titles Registration Act and 2013 Customary Land Advisory Commission Act were written by ADB consultants, and paid with ADB grant money.

    The initial ADB deal provided the government US$500,000 worth of legal advice. This wasn’t generosity: these lawyers were hired to rewrite the Samoan constitution so that foreign investors could finally access Samoan land.

    The lawyers instructions were to create the land titles registry, and “legislative amendments promulgated as necessary” to “free up customary land for commercial activities in a designated area or areas…. [and to] undertake a comprehensive review of the law pertaining to land, including but not necessarily limited to the various legal impediments preventing the movement of land, particularly customary land, to higher economic uses.”

    Even back in 2002, the ADB consultants knew the Samoan people wouldn’t want this.

    “Resistance to changes related to the economic use of customary land is expected”, they wrote. But they didn’t care, writing that there was “sufficient will to implement the proposed legal and regulatory changes.”

    In other words, that Prime Minister Tuilaepa would push the law through parliament.

    We the people of Samoa formally give notice that we demand the repeal of the Land Titles Registration Act 2008.

    All customary land leases of three years or more must be registered under S.32 of the LTRA 2008.

    By registering customary land leases under the LTRA 2008, a forbidden alienation of Aiga land rights takes place.

    Section 32 of the LTRA 2008 is quite clear that the person who registers a customary land lease holds it in their name absolutely free from all other estates and interests that are not so recorded.

    except the State can:

    1) pass laws to grant itself rights over that land,

    2) enter, go across or do things on land for [a public] purpose or

    3) recover taxes, duties, charges, rates or assessments by proceedings in respect of land; or

    4) to expropriate (take) land.

    5) to restrict the use of land.

    Registering a customary land lease under the LTRA 2008:

    1) Passes absolute control and ownership [sovereignty] to the HRPP State,

    2) Alienates [unconstitutionally] the ancestral customary land rights of not only the person, who registers the lease, but every Aiga member.

    3) Grants the person on the certificate of title a freehold title and no right to protest any act of the State regarding that land.

    The Constitution is quite clear that without a National Referendum of all voters in which 2/3 agree to the changes to the landholding system that the rights of Aiga may not be alienated [taken] howsoever, meaning in any way.

    SSIG thanks the Prime Minister for his invitation to present our demands to Parliament and we will attend Parliament at his invitation on 19 December 2017 at the Parliamentary session to present our demands to the Speaker of the House to be tabled and discussed.

    Faleauto Simi Maua Taua 03 December 2017
    Spokesman for SSIG

    http://www.samoaobserver.ws/en/03_12_2017/local/27373/PM-laughs-at-protest-plan.htm

  2. I would like to respond to your article. I am one of the organizers of the March and have read your last few articles with great interest as they are insightful and quite revealing as to the nature of the beast we face. I understand the nature of your pessimism. Its not often that the establishment gets its comeuppance from a rag tag group of grass roots activists. However, we who are at the core of this movement have been making noise for a long time. We have been biding our time since 2009 and posting our opposition to this law of LTR 2008 and the government of the HRPP on social media for nearly 10 years. The circumstances which have come together without our manipulation are quite amazing and fortuitous.

    I met Maua Faleauto online on Talofa Lava a Samoan chatroom back before facebook. We had many battles on that room with others who are still active now, in Facebook regarding the legality of LTR 2008. There was no plan at the time to remove this law and try and unseat the PM with his well established and well oiled political machine, however we did not deviate from our message that this law was just the symptom of larger more deadly infection that was festering at the head of the Samoan nation, which you and others have written and verified.

    In those early days there were many others who were voicing their displeasure with the law and presenting the message in their own way. Fiu Elisara was(is) one of the most effective who was working the ground game, meeting with Samoan chiefs in their villages and sharing his views on LTRA 2008 and the ramifications of the Torrens Land registration on Customary land. His work instigated a “revolt” by Sili chiefs in Savaii who were so incensed by their own loss of their water rights and other land to the government pursuant to these laws. Unasa Iuni Sapolu, esq., was a vocal opponent of the law who was falsely imprisoned. Others such as Dr. Iati Iati and the Samoa Observer were writing their criticism of the law in publications both journalistically and academically. And there were also individuals who found unsettling connections between the ADB and Samoa’s upheavals of the early 1980s which ultimately resulted in the establishment of the HRPP and Party politics which is a joke when the same party has made it practically impossible, with passage of strict electoral laws, for a viable opposition to take root. All of these voices were scattered and lacked coordination. It was like a discordant chorus, unsuitable for public consumption. There was no harmony.

    Fast forward to 2017…there has emerged two developments which have crystallized the voices into a movement, one of which you have so eloquently discussed…the rise of an anonymous blogger, Ole Palemia (“The Prime Minister”) and the other is social media…more accurately Facebook. These two elements have changed the landscape with such speed that the PM and the establishment have yet to figure out how to deal with it. In the PM’s mind this is just another gnat he can swipe with his hand and it will die. This is the overconfidence we hope is going to be his downfall.

    OLP emerged from a Facebook group called Palemene o Samoa. This group became the forum of choice for many opinionated Samoans who voiced positions for and against the government. This was the fertile ground where the message became more and more refined. It allowed the voices of those who could not speak publicly for fear of retribution in Samoa to speak out with the protection of anonymity. This emboldened many and eventually OLP was born. I was there when he first made his appearance on POS. The audacity he portrayed was quite unsettling for the readers who were amazed at his knowledge and in depth view of the Prime Minister’s private life and the decisions that were coming from the government. He became a target of the pro-government members of POS who used their power to vilify OLP and report him to Facebook as a way to stop him from revealing the secrets of the HRPP in full view of the world.

    It was in this environment of oppression and unilateral censorship experienced by OLP that a decision was made to start his own blog and that became the impetus for the movement we now are witnessing. Without Facebook and the use of anonymous blogs the movement might have never found its legs. But the movement has morphed into something that is not familiar to those who have been around Samoans. This a Mau. The Mau has been reborn with a collection of Samoans including the anonymous voice of OLP, the seasoned sage experience of Maua Faleauto and Iuni Sapolu, the administrative skills of Taloto Unasa and the fire of a great number of those who have come together with purpose and resources, as well as a plan to take the government of Tuilaepa to task or at least influence future elections.

    These are not unseasoned amateurs. These are people who have experience in all areas of life from the legal field to the manipulation of media. They are not your garden variety Samoans. These are professionals with experience of working in foreign corporate organizations, who understand the economics of organizational movements. They have been activists in other lands and countries. They understand the price that will be paid and the strategies that need to be utilized. They have studied foreign politiics for years, watched the ascension and decline of many political systems in foreign lands. These are scholars, business people, religious motivators, broadcasters, real estate owners, and media experts. This a combination of young and old talent. We have individuals in their 70s and we have some are in their 20s….who are extremely knowledgeable in how to manipulate the internet. We have collectively been working toward this goal for nearly 10 years. This is our Super Bowl.

    On the cusp of the 10 year anniversary of the passage of this law, a march has been organized that is intended to awake Samoans in Samoa to the realization that they still wield the power in Samoa and to not fear Tuilaepa. The planned march has captured the imagination of many Samoans both in Samoa and outside and has galvanized many of these voices that were singing alone to unite and form a choir to begin the process of contesting this illegal law.

    We are not naive to think this is a stroll in the park, we face a formidable foe who has the broad support of forces that are controlled by foreign interests. We recognize our enemies are assembled to keep the status quo in place.But we are not fazed and this is by no means a short term engagement, we are here for the duration and our determination and ability will be put up against the collective power of the Samoan government and its foreign enablers. But that does not intimidate us at all.

    Lets do this!

    • Faafetai Albert. Let’s do this indeed. I will respond to your lengthy comment here in greater detail at a later stage for logistical reasons I am unable to respond immediately.

  3. Keith Alderson says:

    I think this “Protest March” is the testing of the waters in Samoa.
    This protest march is just a first baby step into much bigger and greater things ahead in the future for all of Samoa. Samoans have remained silent for far too long.
    As long as “the message” remains loud and clear the people of Samoa will not be able to ignore it any longer but will respond.
    The more people in Samoa get involved the louder the voice of the people will get and the PM will not be able to ignore the voice of Samoa.
    There have been many calls in the past “Samoa Ala Mai!” (Samoa Wake Up!)
    Now Samoa has awoken!!!! Samoa mo Samoa. Only Samoans can fix what is wrong in Samoa.
    In Jesus Christ I pray to protect all the brave marchers on the 16th of December. I wish I was there in Samoa to participate. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
    Keith Alderson (A Samoan with a palagi name living in Adelaide, Australia.

    • Talofa Uso. Thank you for commenting here again. Keith your thinking is good but limited and with respect I wish to disagree with the entire premise that man can and should and will achieve something FOR God, or goodness or godliness. When you see things from His perspective it is His desire that people turn to Him – not Samoa Mo Samoa; not people power; not political overthrow. Yes by all means get the message out; yes by all means protect life; yes by all means talk about it and expose the corruption but we must understand that Tuila’epa has the power and will use it. In an upcoming post I will be explaining again why he has no choice but to sell Samoa’s sovereignty and deceive the people. Social change movements and revolutions are simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. YOu have to plug the holes and pump the boat. This means martyrs, sacrifice and humility all for HIM, not Samoa. It is when the people turn to Him and repent that He can forgive and heal the land. NOTHING else including marches or political actions can achieve what the people really want – relief from the oppression that I know you and I know and abhor. When there is blood on the streets and the current social movement finds that the new head of the snake (if there is one) is just the same or worse as the current leader; when the people vote again and again and it only gets WORSE, and when this generation passes away then perhaps He will get the respect and honour that He seeks and I believe deserves.

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