Talofa everyone. It has been a while since I’ve been able to find the time to talk to you all. I feel like you all have grown up so much in my absence. (Okay, some of you..haha!) But to welcome myself back from the land of the long as sleep – here’s some LATERAL THINKING.
In just less (or it could be more) than two years, Samoa’s current Head of State – TuiAtua Tupua Tamasese Efi will quite possibly be replaced as Head of State. Since the passing of Malietoa Tanumafili II, Parliament has been given the opportunity to select the countries Head of State every five years.
Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi along with his wife, le masiofo Filifilia – have served this country well. His oratory prowess and command have not only motivated and spurred on the future leaders of Samoa, the Pacific and the world – but have also created vital links to our country’s past.
However, his recent ailments have brought to the fore – doubts on whether Tuiatua Tupua can continue another five years in Head of State service.
ROLL IN: Misa Telefoni Retzlaff. Yes (here’s the lateral thinking). The current Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, Misa Telefoni Retzlaff has been in the news lately regarding his ‘departure’ from his constituent of Falelatai by not putting his name forward for the next general elections. The speculation out there is that this move is financially motivated.
I BEG TO DIFFER: (oh please let me beg…it’s been a while!) I think Misa Telefoni – who is entitled to the Tuimalealiifano paramount chief title as well as the Malietoa title (through his mother) is preparing himself to become Samoa’s Next Head of State.
This is in no way a financially motivated move nor is it political, but rather the ONLY move that the long serving Deputy Prime Minister can make. There is no way that Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi – Prime Minister of Samoa and leader of the HRPP party – will be vacating the governing seat anytime soon, let alone for his Deputy. From very humble beginnings, Tuilaepa has forged deep governing grooves to ensure his political survival KNOWING all too well that this is the extent of his being. Can you seriously see him doing something else besides being Prime Minister of Samoa?
* There’s something to think about here. To help you – 1. What is Misa’s motivation and/or intentions? 2. Is Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese fit to retain office? 3. Could Tuilaepa be prepring himself for the role? 4. WHO WILL BE SAMOA’S NEXT TOP HEAD OF STATE?