Pōhiva says Interim Chief Secretary to cabinet's contract lawful

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. ʻAkilisi Pōhiva said the current Interim Chief Secretary (ICS) and Interim Secretary to Cabinet (ISC)  was employed according to Tonga’s employment rules.

The Prime Minister was responding to a letter from the Public Servants Association (PSA) alleging the current ICS and ISC’s employment contract was “invalid” and “unlawful”.

Hon. Pohiva said after he sought advice from the office of the Attorney General he was satisfied with the way how the interim secretary was officially appointed.

The Prime Minister went on to say the “blame” should be put on the Public Service Commission (PSC) as it “failed to make an appointment of a substantive office holder within the statutory requirements of 12 months. This is not the fault of the incumbent, and it is incorrect and improper to blame him”.

The current ICS and ISC contract with government would end soon and an interview was conducted in Nuku’alofa recently by a PSC panel to appoint a new Chief Secretary and Secretary to cabinet.

The panel’s recommendation has been withheld following a complaint launched with the Prime Minister’s office.

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You can read the Prime Minister’s response in full here

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  1. Kuo pehē ʻe he ʻEiki Palēmia ʻo Tongá ʻOnapolo ʻAkilisi Pōhiva naʻe fakangāueʻi e Sekelitali Pule Fakataimí mo e Sekelitali ki he Kapinetí ʻo fakatatau pe mo e lao ʻa e puleʻanga Tongá ki hano fakangāueʻi ʻo taha.

    Ko e tali ʻeni ʻa e palēmiá ki ha tohi ʻa e Kautaha ʻa e Kau Ngāue Fakapuleʻangá pe PSA ʻo nau fakakaukau ʻoku taʻeʻaonga pea taʻe fakalao e konituleki ngāue ʻa e sekelitali fakataimi lolotongá.

    Ne pehē ʻe Pōhivá ne hili haʻane kumi faleʻi mei he ʻōfisi ʻo e ʻĀteni Senialé ne ne fiemālie leva ki he founga ne fakanofo ai ʻa e sekelitali ni ki he lakangá.

    Ne toe pehē ʻe he Palēmiá ko e tukuakiʻí ʻoku tonu ke fai ia ki he Komisoni ʻa e Kau Ngāue Fakapuleʻangá koeʻuhī ko ʻenau tōnounou ʻo ʻikai ken au fakangāue ha taha he lakangá ni ʻi loto ʻi he māhina ʻe 12 fakatatau mo e tuʻutuʻuni ʻa e lao ngāué.

    ʻOku ʻikai leva ko ha tōnounou ia ʻa e taha ngāué pea ʻoku ʻikai totonu pea hala ia ke tukuakiʻi ia, ko e meʻa ia ʻa e Palēmiá.

    ʻOku ʻamanaki ʻosi e konituleki ʻa e sekelitali fakataimí mo e puleʻangá peá ne toki faí ni ai ha ʻinitaviu ʻi Nukuʻalofa ke kumi hano fetongi.

    Ka kuo kiʻi taʻofi fakataimi e ola ne maʻu he ʻinitaviu ko ʻení hili ia ha lāunga ne fakahū atu ki he ʻōfisi ʻo e Palēmiá.

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