Tonga’s Police Minister chooses not to interfere while police officer tickets his daughter

A daughter of Tonga’s Police Minister Hon. Pōhiva Tuʻiʻonetoa, signalled for him to intervene when a police officer issued her with a speeding ticket but the minister chose not to.

Hon. Tuʻiʻonetoa and his family were on their way back home from Nukuʻalofa early this month when a Police officer stopped their car at Tufumāhina.

The driver of the car was Hon. Tuʻiʻonetoa’s daughter.

The minister told Tonga Weekly newspaper he was in the front seat sitting beside the driver. He said he could tell how his daughter reacted signalling for him to talk to the officer when he began questioning her.

Hon. Tuʻiʻonetoa said he did not want to interfere with his Police officer’s work and he appreciated what he was doing.

Hon. Tuʻiʻonetoa told the paper he was happy the incident happened to him and his family so it could send a message to everyone in his Ministry of Police no one was above the law.

The minister said he understood the Police officer did not know him and he and his family were not using the ministerial vehicle because they were not allowed to use it if it was for personal matters.

Hon, Tuʻiʻonetoa said the new government was in the process of trying to win back public trusts in the Ministry of Police and he as the head of the ministry must show the example.

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  1. Naʻe fakaʻilonga atu e ʻofefine ʻo e Minisitā Polisi ʻa Tongá, ʻOnapolo Pōhiva Tuʻiʻonetoa , ki ai ke lea hake lolotonga hoko hiki tikite ia ʻe ha ʻōfisa polisi ki he lele lahi ka ne fili e minisitaá ke ʻoua ʻe fai pehē.

    Naʻe meʻa atu ʻa e ʻEiki Minisitaá mo hono fāmilí ko e foki ki ʻapi mei Nukuʻalofa he konga ki muʻa ʻo e māhina ní he taimi ne taʻofi ai ʻenau kaá ʻe ha ʻōfisa polisi ʻi Tukumāhina.

    Ko e ʻofefine ʻo Tuʻiʻonetoa ne fakaʻulí.

    Ne fakahā ʻe he minisitaá ki he pepa Tonga Weekly ne heka ia ʻi muʻa he tafaʻaki ʻo e fakaʻuli. Ne ne pehē ne mahino pe kiate ia e laʻu ange ʻa hono ʻofefine ke lea hake ki he ʻōfisá he taimi ne ne kamata ai ke fakafehuʻi iá.

    Ne pehē ʻe Tuʻiʻonetoa ne ʻikai loto ke kaunoa he ngāue ʻae ʻōfisá pea ne ne houngaʻia heʻene ngāue ne faí.

    Ne ne fakahā ki he pepá ne ne fiefia he hoko tonu ʻa e meʻá ni kiate ia mo hono fāmilí koeʻuhi ke ne ʻoatu ai ha fekau ki he taha kotoa heʻene potungaue polisi oku ʻikai ha taha ʻe māʻolunga he laó.

    Pehē ʻe Pōhiva ne ne ʻilo ʻoku ʻikai ʻilo ʻe he Polisí ia ia pea ne ʻikai foki ken au ngāueʻaki ʻa ʻene meʻalele fakaminisitaá koeʻuhi oku tapui ke nau ngāueʻaki o ka ko haʻanau meʻa fakataautaha ʻoku nau fefonongaʻaki holo aí.

    Ne meʻa ʻa e ministaá ʻo pehē ʻoku lolotonga feinga ʻa e puleʻanga foʻoú ke fakafokifoki mai e falala ʻa e kakaí ki he potungāue polisí pea ko ia ʻa e takí kuopau ke ne hoko ko e faʻitaʻitakiʻanga.

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