Having called you a coward, shown everyone how you are are crook and described you as . . . well, the quintessential politician, I now turn to myself and share a little about me before leaving you to clean up the mess I’ve probably made of your reputation in Samoa.
You know a lot of this but Samoans as a rule don’t. They prefer to believe the BS that you and Sonja have (in order of mention) permitted and created via the Samoan gossip machine.
First I would like to explain (to those who don’t know how the Samoan gossip machine works) the essential components of this most amazing social phenomena. The coconut grapevine as you know, is a combination of several factors, not one of which is the truth. It starts with an ego trip, is fed with a power-game, enhanced with social endorsement; escalated with racism and self-interest; bites with feel-good venom and in the end becomes social fact.
In my case it was your ‘girl’ Sonya who got threatened at the outset upon our first meeting and started the ball rolling. I know this because at our first meeting she smiled at me and told me that we were going to get along really well and that she looked forward to meeting me again. Those in the know that when Sonja smiles one should be walking the other way fast, and when she speaks (especially with a smile on her dial) you invert the words to get the real meaning.
Then the Samoan sisterhood became involved, so that TV1 and CSL knew the “un”-real score about the new Palagi on the block. From there of course the entire government circles knew all about me. I’ll never forget a meeting when one of your bureaucrats we met for the first time blurted out, “Oh we’ve heard all about you!” and then hastily had to add, “But we’ll make our own decisions of course!” thus making it even clearer what he actually meant. Yes, Tui, I know that you fielded this racism and gossip and fended it off from losers of all walks of Samoan life for years. Thank you for that. We boxed on of course and achieved in the context of the gossip and ill-will whatever we achieved despite the gossip-machine’s best efforts.
So who am I really and what did this man Dennis achieve in Samoa? I think the people need to know.
The first thing is that I claimed from the outset that I came to Samoa under the belief that the Lord wanted me to come. I’ve explained this in more detail elsewhere but you acknowledge that this was the case and have referred to it more than once. For the moment it doesn’t matter whether I was right, or how I got the belief, or even if there is a God. The point is that I identified this to you, up front in the first sentence of our first meeting. From my perspective, this means that anything that you did or said or endorsed with/to me had to be “in His hands”. Put crudely, if He wanted me there, then what happened to me was His business. When you booted me out, sure it cost me and it p*ssed me off, but you were basically saying that you either didn’t want His influence in your little world OR that you saw me as operating outside of His will. I’m not bothered either way. The important thing though is that I believed that I was in Samoa in obedience to His will. It doesn’t mean that I think I am or was perfect I would hasten to add.
The second thing is that I funded myself. I came to Samoa with money and left without it. I sold up and had assets of more than $250,000.00 NZD which is near enough to half a million tala. I invested, lived off capital and gave generously to Samoa and her people. I sought no special favours from Samoa, obeyed the laws and contributed constructively to the Samoan economy. This was only right and this was a condition of my stay in Samoa. All our business ventures were JV’s with the SWAP Foundation and this entity still exists and does good in Samoa. I think there is a $100.00 account still left on a Digicel account for the last month’s Internet account before you booted me out but that’s it. Again you know all of this.
The third thing is that my ethics are simply beyond reproach. Not once have I lied or misrepresented anything to anyone. The gossip however is totally the opposite. Even you believed some of that BS when you told me that you were believing a proven liar over my word – hah! Look where that got you!
Listen Tui, I never touched a woman until she married me despite Samoa being a land of rather ‘free’ women. I was careful to obey the laws of the land and to assist others with advice and help. Yes, twice, my passport expired and the first time we simply renewed it. The second time years later I left the country and returned to reset my status to comply with regulations and three times I might add. But at the time that you evicted me, I was a perfectly legal visitor to Samoa with a clean criminal record, and you know this.
Fourth, I suffered incredibly as a target. You know of just some of the people who lied to me, assaulted me, gossiped about me, stole from me and the constant stream of problems that came into your office as a result of this gossip. That you never acted nor deferred to me is proof positive that you knew your own people well. “Leave it with me!” you would say to them and then do nothing. You do this well. You knew the real score and you knew the way your people go for the Palagi. It’s a brutal thing being white in a sea of brown.
Fifth, the SWAP Foundation did a huge amount of good for Samoa and the Samoan culture. Our Village Stay programme and rural Camp Samoa experience had hundreds of mainly young people from around the globe come through and share the Samoan ways. That I was central to all this is fact, and you know this all too. I conceptualised, established and ran the entire operations for seven years for no personal gain – not even one cent. Many a person who observed and knew me has said that I was more a Samoan than many Samoans. Again, you know all of this well.
Sixth, I was tricked into leaving. It will all likely come out in court or certainly online in time but your people in covering for you made a mistake . . . they issued the stop order before I had actually left the country (!), and there is an audit trail of documents that prove deliberate intent to deceive which is another crime from your goons in Immigration – aiding and abetting a false application! I don’t need to lie about this – you do though. You wanted me out; you had your people set me up, lie to my wife and me, trick us with a bogus application for family residency, and then lock the door, job done. Except for one thing Tui, I never give up. Until the day I die, the truth can and will be told.
Seventh, I didn’t publish. I never published Corruption in Samoa, for two years, to the day. I never responded to your despicable eviction and attempted cover-up for NINE months, and only then when the time was right I shared the facts with the world. Furthermore I have written directly to you like a real man would do, taking it to his accuser and showing the world the truth.
Mr Palemia, you have nothing on me. I have shown you and the world the facts. You are exposed. My job is done and I pause here at this tenth letter. There will be more over the years ahead, you can be sure of that but . . .
I conclude now with a recounting of the words I gave you two years ago in mid 2015 when you reacted poorly to the draft of Corruption in Samoa:
You have a lot to learn about me.
I told you that I would publish. I warned you that I was a man of my word. You know that I am fully prepared to pay the price for speaking the truth and that I never give up. I have – spoken up, paid the price and not given up. Now it’s your turn to pay the price for your actions as the Samoan (and Palagi) people on island and around the globe catch a glimpse of the real Palemia of Samoa.
This concludes my first book of ten letters.
My next book in this series commences with a letter recapping the first ten letters in this series.