PM baffled by call to sack Minister of Internal Affairs  

    PHOTO: Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva . Photo/Supplied

    Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva says he is mystified by a letter pushing him to discipline Minister for Internal Affairs Fe’ao Vakata.

    The letter was written by Tonga’s Former Minister of Justice Clive Edwards, who accused Hon. Vakata of corruption and misconduct while he was a minister in the former government.

    Edwards claimed the Prime Minister would not act against Hon. Vakata because he was scared it would destabilise his government.

    The allegations have never been heard in court or their validity examined.

    Edwards called on the Prime Minister to dismiss Hon. Vakata, claiming he was not fit to continue as cabinet minister.

    Hon. Pohiva said he did not understand why Edwards raised the accusation against Hon. Vakata, when his allegations dealt with matters that occurred during the previous government.

    “I question the reasons behind raising the issue now and not when it is alleged to have happened, during the term of the previous government,” the Prime Minister wrote to Edwards.

    “The accused was also a Minister then.

    “You should have raised this in the previous government and make this known to the people.”

    Hon. Pohiva told Edwards he had seen no evidence of misconduct since Hon. Vakata joined his government.

    Hon. Vakata was elected as a Democratic Party candidate for Ongo Niua 17 in 2010, but withdrew his support and became an independent before agreeing to serve as Minister for Public Enterprises in Lord Tu’ivakano’s administration.

    The Prime Minister has also been dealing with two other letters of complaint from two unsuccessful candidates in the last general election, ‘Isileli Pulu and ‘Eliesa Fifita.

    They claimed the government’s decision to  approve the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was the result of a rushed and slipshod process.

    The Prime Minister said it was a work in progress and was still open to further dialogue and consultation.

    The  main points

    • Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva says he is mystified by a letter pushing him to discipline Minister for Internal Affairs Fe’ao Vakata.
    • The letter was written by Tonga’s Former Minister of Justice Clive Edwards, who accused Hon. Vakata of corruption and misconduct while he was a minister in the former government.
    • The allegations have never been heard in court or their validity examined.
    • Pohiva told Edwards he had seen no evidence of misconduct since Hon. Vakata joined his government.

    For more information

    Hon. Fe’ao Vakata, Public Enterprises Minister (Ministry of Information)

    http://www.mic.gov.to/appointments/new-ministers-/2010-hon-sosefo-feao-vakata-moteys-minister

    Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women 

    UN has reservations about Tonga’s CEDAW move (RNZI)

    1 COMMENT

    1. Ko e fakamatala faka-Tonga ko ‘eni ko e fa’u ia ‘o ‘omai ‘e he ‘Ofisi ‘o e Palemia – Kuo tuku mai mei he ‘Eiki Palēmia ha ngaahi fetu’utaki ‘a ia ‘oku natula launga mo hono fakaanga’i ‘a e fakahoko fatongia ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia mo e Pule’angá.

      ‘Oku kau heni ‘a e tukuaki’i kuo ‘omai meia Clive Edwards, Minisitā Lao malolō, pehē foki kia ‘Isileli Pulu mo ‘Eliesa Fifita, ko e ongo kanititeiti ki he fili Fale Alea ‘o e 2014.

      Ko e ngaahi me’a lalahi ‘o e tukuaki’i‘oku fekau’aki ia mo e me’a ‘e tolu:

      1) Ko e pehē koā ‘oku ‘i ai ha ni’ihi he Kapinetí, ko e kau Minisitā ‘oku tukuaki’i ki ha ngāue ta’etotonu mo kākā fekau’aki mo ha pa’anga.

      2) Ko e tukuaki’i ‘oku ilifia ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia ke fakahoko ha ngāue ki he kakai faihala ko ‘ení na’a movete ai hono Pule’angá.

      3) Ko e pehē koā ko e founga ngāue na’e fakahoko ‘aki ‘a e tali ‘e he Kapinetí ke fakamo’oni ‘a Tonga ni ki he konivesio pe talite CEDAW ‘oku hangē na’e fakavave’i, pea maumau ai ha ngaahi founga ngāue anga maheni mo mahu’inga.

      Kā, ‘i he tohi tali ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia ki he ngaahi tukuaki’i fekau’aki mo e ngāuehala ‘a ha taha ‘o e kau Minisitā, na’a ne me’a ko e kotoa ‘o e ngaahi me’a ‘oku fai ki ai ‘a e tukuaki’í na’e hoko ia ‘i he vaha’a ‘o e 2010 – 2014. Ko e teemi ‘eni ‘o e Pule’anga kimu’á.

      “’I he’ene pehē, ‘oku ou fehu’ia ‘a hono toki ‘ohake ‘a ho’o launga ‘i he ‘aho ni fekau’aki mo e ngaahi tukuaki’i na’e hoko ‘i he kuohilí…” ko e lau ia ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘i he’ene tohi tali kia Clive Edwards, ko e taha ‘o e kau tohi fakaanga mai ki ai.

      “’Oku ou fokotu’u atu na’e totonu keke fakahā ‘a e ngaahi me’a ko ‘eni he vaha’a taimi na’a mou pule’anga ai. Pea talaki ke ‘ilo ‘e he kakai ‘o e fonua..” ko ‘Akilisi Pohiva ia.

      Na’a ne me’a kuo fakamanamana’i ia ke ne tautea’i ‘a e Minisitā makatu’unga ‘i he ngaahi tukuaki’i na’e ‘ikai ke ne ‘ilo ki ai; pea ko e Minisitā ko ‘ení na’e ‘i he Pule’anga kimu’a, pea ‘ikai kenau fai ha ngāue ki ai, kapau ko ‘enau tukuaki’í ‘oku tonu.

      Na’e hoko ‘a Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ko e Palēmia ‘o Tonga ‘i he ‘aho 1 Sanuali 2015, pea ko e kau Minisitā na’e fili kinautolu ‘i he taimi nounou pe mei ai.

      Na’e me’a ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia, talu ‘ene hoko ko e Palēmia, ‘oku te’eki ai ha fa’ahinga me’a ia ‘e hoko, pe ko hano ‘omai ha tukuaki’i fekau’aki mo ha ngauehala pe kākā kuo fakahoko ‘e ha Minisitā. Ko e ngaahi me’a koēkuo hoko kimu’a, ko e fatongia ia ‘o e Pule’anga kimu’a ke fai ha ngāue ki ai. Ko e ngaahi me’a koē ‘oku hoko he lolotonga ni, ko ia ‘oku ou fai fatongia ki ai.

      Fekau’aki mo e CEDAW, na’e me’a ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘oku kei fai ‘a e ngāue ki ai ‘a e Pule’angá, pea ‘oku kei ‘atá peke hoko atu e tālangá fekau’aki mo e kaveinga mahu’inga ko ‘ení.

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