Today I am announcing my intention to take a leave of absence for a number of weeks. With the concurrence of Cabinet, Deputy Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti will fulfill the role of Commissioner of Police, Prisons and Corrections Services during my absence.
The Samoan people can remain confident and reassured in the Samoa Police, Prisons and Corrections Services under my deputy’s stewardship during my brief absence.
I am taking this leave on the advice of my doctor to seek medical treatment in New Zealand for a condition that cannot be treated in Samoa but by a medical specialist found overseas. I anticipate leaving Samoa this week and will be away for approximately one month.
While our country is going through a difficult time following the Samoa General Election, I remain confident that the community will continue to receive professional police and prison services during my absence.
I look forward to returning in good health ready to serve our community.
Faafetai and God Bless.