Samoa vil­lage wel­comes back Head of State

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Apia: Samoa’s Head of State, who is the holder of the Tui Atua para­mount ti­tle, has rec­on­ciled with his vil­lage of Lu­filufi who ban­ished him six years ago. His re­moval from the vil­lage was over the con­struc­tion of a shelter which was built on the tra­di­tional grounds of the Tui Atua ti­tle holder that vil­lage coun­cil mem­bers said they had not been in­formed about. A Com­mis­sion of In­quiry was estab­lished fol­low­ing the dis­pute but later with­drawn fol­low­ing a re­quest from the Head of State.

Last month the vil­lage coun­cil of Lu­filufi unan­i­mously ac­cepted that Tui Atua would be wel­comed back.

At a royal tra­di­tional cer­e­mony at Lu­filufi this week, an or­a­tor of the vil­lage, Sele­li­malelei Malala, apol­o­gised to Tui Atua for any mis­takes or wrong­do­ing by the vil­lage. Tui Atua Tupua Ta­masese Efi and his wife were present at the cer­e­mony for his and his fam­ily’s re­turn. RNZI cor­re­spon­dent says this is the first time a Tui Atua para­mount ti­tle holder has been ban­ished and then wel­comed back by the vil­lage. RNZI

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