Hon. Semisi Sika clarifies his position in Mormon Church

Hon. Semisi Sika told Kaniva News this afternoon he was not a spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and said he had never spoken to the media on behalf of the church.

Hon. Sika made the comments following criticisms he received after an article published by Kaniva News last night about Prince Ata’s baptism into the Mormon Church.

The story was headlined ‘LDS leader attacks Prince’s baptism, charges “terrorism” and “bribery”’

Although he was president of Mormon Church’s Liahona High School global alumni, Hon. Sika said he is just a normal member of the church and did not want to be seen by the public as one of its leaders.

The Liahona High School Global Alumni manages an investment fund of TP$3million (NZ$2 million) to help pay for children whose parents cannot afford to pay for their school fees.

Last night’s story was based on comments Hon. Sika made on Facebook.

He did not deny the comments were his and said we were free to report them.

Hon. Sika said he had not wanted to make any public comments on the issue since it was revealed the Prince had been baptised in Hawai’i last month.

He said he acted after he saw some comments about the Prince’s baptism on a family member’s Facebook page in Hawai’i.

He said these comments were misinformed.

He said he made his own comments to clarify the issues and say what had actually happened before the baptism took place.

The baptism of King Tupou VI’s second son, Prince Ata, has caused rifts among LDS church members, with many saying it was an insult to Their Majesties.

Supporters of the baptism argued the Prince was an adult and free to make his own choices and decisions.

Prince Ata  was originally to be baptised at the Mormon Church in Haveluloto in November 2014.

His Majesty sent his royal guards and former Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano to persuade him to postpone his baptism until an overseas royal commitment already scheduled was fulfilled.

The Prince subsequently agreed to postpone his baptism after he sent away the royal guards and refused to listen to Lord Tu’ivakano.

The Prince decided to postpone his baptism after Stake President ‘Alavini Sika, a younger brother of Hon. Sika, supported Lord Tu’ivakano’s plea.

After the postponement Prince Ata attended LDS church services regularly and was a regular guest at Hon. Sika’s house.

In his comments Hon. Sika accused Lord Fulivai of being behind the plan to baptise Prince Ata.

He said that in the past he had been in touch with Lord Fulivai from time to time, but that since the baptism he had had no further contact.

“Why does Lord Fulivai keep silent in Vava’u?” Hon. Sika asked in Tongan.

The Chairman of Tonga’s Parliament’s Whole House Committee claimed there had been bribery involved in the baptism,  including paying for the Prince’s air ticket to Hawai’i and purchasing him a new blue van.

Hon. Sika called the baptism of the Prince an act of “terrorism” and “attention seeking”.

The main points

  • Semisi Sika told Kaniva News this afternoon he was not a spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints and had never spoken to the media on behalf of the church.
  • He made the comments following criticisms he received after an article published by Kaniva News last night about Prince Ata’s baptism into the Mormon Church.
  • Sika said he had not wanted to make any public comments on the issue since it was revealed the Prince had been baptised in Hawai’i last month.
  • However, he said he acted after he saw what he described as misinformed and inaccurate comments about the Prince’s baptism on a family member’s Facebook page.

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  1. Kuo fakahā ʻe ʻOnapolo Sēmisi Sika ki he Ongoongno ʻa e Kanivá he hoʻatā ʻo e ʻaho ní ʻoku ʻikai ko ha tokotaha ia ke lea maʻa e Siasi ʻo e Sīsū Kalaisi ʻo e Kau Māʻoniʻoni ʻo e Ngaahi ʻAho ki Mui Ní pea kuo teʻeki lea ia ki he mītiá ʻo fakafofongaʻi ʻa e siasí.

    Ko e lau ʻeni ʻa ʻOnapolo Sika hili ia hano fakaangaʻi ia ʻi ha ʻātikolo ne pulusi ʻe he Ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá ʻanepō kau ki hono papi ʻo Pilinisi Ata ʻi he Siasi Māmongá.

    Naʻe ʻuluʻi ongoongo ʻa e fakamatala ko ʻení ʻo pehē – ‘LDS leader attacks Prince’s baptism, charges “terrorism” and “bribery”.

    Pehē ʻe ʻOnapolo Siká neongo ko e palesiteni ia ʻo e Ako Tutuku Fakakolope ʻa Liahoná ko e tokotaha mēmipa angamaheni pe ia ʻo e siasí pea ʻoku ʻikai ke ne fiemaʻu ke hā atu ki he kakaí ko e taha ia e kau takí.

    Ko e Ako Tutuku Fakakolope ʻa Liahoná kuo ʻi ai ʻenau paʻanga $3 miliona kuo nau ʻinivesi ke totongi ʻaki e ako ʻa kinautolu fanauako ʻoku ʻikai lava fua ʻenau totongi akó.

    Ko e ongoongo koi a ʻanepoó ne makatuʻunga ia ʻi ha komeni ne fai ʻe ʻOnapolo Sika ʻi he Feisipuká.

    Naʻe ʻikai ke ne fakaʻikaiʻi ko ʻene komení ʻeni ne ngāue ʻaki ʻe he Kanivá heʻene ongoongo ʻanepoó peá ne pehē foki ʻoku mau tauʻatāina pe ke mau lípooti.

    Ne pehē ʻe Siká naʻe ʻikai ke ne fiemaʻu ke fai haʻane lau ki he kakaí ʻi he ʻīsiu ko ʻeni hili hono fakahā koi a kuo papi ʻa e Pilinisí ʻi Hauaiʻi he māhina kuo ʻosí

    Naʻá ne pehē ne ne toki ngāue ke fai ha komeni hili ia ʻene sio he ngaahi fakamatala kau ki hono papi ʻo e Pilinisí ʻi ha peesi he Feisipuká ʻa hono fāmili mei Hauaiʻi.

    Naʻá ne pehē ne ʻai leva ʻene lau pea ia ʻaʻana fakaeteia pe mo fakalotofale ke fakamaʻalaʻala ʻa e ngaahi ʻisiu ko iá mo ne lea ki he meʻa totonu ne hoko ki muʻa pea toki fai ʻa e papí.

    Ko hono papi ko ʻeni ʻa e ʻalo fika ua ʻo Tupou VI, Pilinisi Ata, kuo hoko ai ha fehangahangai ʻa e kau mēmipa LDS ʻo pehē ʻe he tokolahi ko e fakafepaki kovi ʻeni kuo fai ki Heʻena ʻAfifió.

    Ko kinautolu ko ē poupou ki he papí ne nau kikihi kinautolu ʻo pehē kuo fuʻu tangata e tama pilisinisí pea ʻoku tauʻatāina pe ia ki heʻene fili mo ʻene tuʻutuʻuni.

    Naʻe ʻai ke ʻuluaki papi ʻa Pilinisi Ata ʻi he Siasi Māmongá ʻi Haveluloto ʻi Nōvema 2014.

    Naʻe tuku atu ʻe he ʻEne ʻAfió ʻene kau kaʻate fakatuʻí mo e Palēmia ki muʻá Looti Tuʻivakanō ke fakalotoa ʻa Ata ke toloi hono papí kae ʻoleva ke lava hona fatongia fakatuʻi ki muli ʻa ia ne ʻosi fokotuʻutuʻu ia ke fakakakato.

    Ne iku ʻo tali ʻe he Pilinisí ke toloi hono papí hili ia ʻene tuli e kau kaʻate fakatuʻí pea ʻikai fie fanongo ia kia Looti Tuʻivakanō.

    Naʻe loto e Pilinisí ke toloi hono papí foki hili ia ha tokoni atu ʻa Palesiteni ʻAlavini Sika, tehina ʻo Semisi Sika, ʻo e Siteiki Havelú ʻi hono fakakolekolé.

    Hili e toloí ne toutou maʻu lotu pe ʻa Ata he Siasi Māmongá mo toutou ʻaʻahi pe ki he ʻapi ʻo Siká ko e konga ʻene teuteu ki hono papí.

    ʻI heʻene fakamatalá ne tukuakiʻi ʻe Sika ʻa Looti Fulivai koi a ne tekemui he papi ko ʻeni ʻo Atá.

    Ne ne pehē ʻokú na fetuʻutaki pe mo Looti Fulivai he taimi ki he taimi kae hili e papí kuo ʻikai toe fetuʻutaki mai ia ki ai.
    Ko e ha kuo fakalongolongo ai ʻa Looti Fulivai ia mei Vavaʻú ko e fehuʻi ia ʻa Siká.

    Ne tukuakiʻi foki ʻe he Sea ko ʻeni ʻo e Kōmiti Kakato ʻa e Fale Alea ʻo Tongá naʻe ʻi ai ʻa e totongi fakafufū ne kau he papi ko ʻení kau ai ʻa hono totongi e tikite vakapuna ʻa e Pilinisí ki Hauaiʻi mo hono kumi ange ʻene veeni lanu pulū foʻou.

    Ne ui ʻe Sika ʻa e papi ko ʻení ko e ngaue ʻa e tautoitoi mo e kumi ongoongo ʻa kinautolu ne nau faʻufaʻu ke fakahokó.

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