PM’s son takes legal action over  claims of multi-million paʻanga software sale

    PHOTO: Siaosi Pohiva denies he has multi million dollar software package

    The Tongan Prime Minister’s son, Siaosi Pohiva, is taking legal action after Matangi Tonga Online and a number of other news outlets in the kingdom published a series of articles claiming he had used his influence to persuade the government to buy a multi-million paʻanga software package.

    He told Kaniva News early this evening that he had contacted his lawyers in Tonga and New Zealand and they were now in the process of writing up a statement of claim.

    The articles,  by Sione Mokofisi, have also stung the government, which is seeking advice from the Crown Law office.

    Siaosi Pohiva said the multi-million pa’anga software did not exist and he was not in a business relationship with IT consultant Piveni Piukala.

    Mokofisi, who also published the allegations on Nepituno  News page, has since denied that he had claimed that the Tongan cabinet had approved purchasing the software.

    However, in his first article he wrote: “And the new multi-million software is now being cleared through cabinet which is to be purchased from the PM’s son and his partner.”

    He also referred to the “Pohiva-Piukala consultancy.”

    In a statement to Tongan media outlets dated April 16, Pohiva said he was employed as Head of the Assessment Section of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Fiji under the Educational Quality and Assessment Programme.

    He said it had become evident that the quality of education in the region was in decline and that part of the solution was to find a way to standardise or scale exam results throughout the region.

    At this stage Piveni Piukala was Head of the Information and Communication Technology programme and they worked together to find a software solution to the problem.

    It was first tried on one subject in 2011 and then on four subjects the next year. In 2013 it was applied to all form seven regional exams.

    The software was still being developed by Piukala, who was now a private consultant in several countries where local conditions had to be taken into consideration.

    READ MORE:  Siaosi Pohiva’s April 16 statement.

    Pohiva said the story was intended to discredit his father, Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

    The Tongan government press release quotes Piukala calling Mokofisi’s claims “a bunch of lies.”

    Siaosi Pohiva wrote to Matangi Tonga Online on March 3 demanding an apology and denying Mokifisi’s claims. They did so,  but followed his letter with an editor’s note saying people were entitled to express their opinions.

    He wrote again on April 6, describing Mokifisi’s claims as “erroneous and misguided,” but this was not published.

    The  main points

    • The Tongan Prime Minister’s son, Siaosi Pohiva, is taking legal action after Matangi Tonga Online published a series of articles claiming he had used his influence to persuade the government to buy a multi-million pa’anga software package.
    • Pohiva told Kaniva News early this evening that he had contacted his lawyers in Tonga and New Zealand and they were now in the process of writing up a statement of claim.
    • The articles, by Sione Mokofisi, have also stung the government, which is seeking advice from the Crown Law office.
    • Siaosi Pohiva said the multi-million pa’anga software did not exist and denied he was in a business relationship with IT consultant Piveni Piukala.

    For more information

    “Cabinet decision on “multimillion dollar software” purchase a total fabrication”

    Mokofisi’s articles

    Education Dept to buy PM son’s multi-million software

    PMO Pohiva & Co.: Co ahead and make my day. Sue me. 

    April 16 Statement to Tongan media outlets from Siaosi Pohiva. (An edited version by Kaniva News)

    1 COMMENT

    1. Kuo fai ʻe he foha ʻo e Palēmia ʻo Tongá Siaosi Pōhiva ha ngāue fakalao hili ʻeni ʻa hono pulusi ʻe he uepisaiti ʻa e Matangi Tongá mo ha ngaahi tufakiʻanga ongongo kehe he puleʻanga fakatuʻí ha ʻū fakamatala ʻo pehē kuó ne ngāueʻaki ʻene fekauʻaki mo ʻene tangataʻeikí ke fakalotoa e puleʻangá ke fakatau ʻene sofiuea ʻoku lau miliona hono mahuʻingá.

      Naʻá ne pehē ki he Ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá he efiafi ni kuó ne ʻosi fetuʻutaki ki heʻene ongo loeá ʻa ia ko e taha ʻi Tonga pea taha ʻi Nuʻu Sila pea ʻoku nau lolotonga ngāue ʻeni ki hono faʻu ʻa e fakamatala ʻeke mei he niʻihi ko ʻeni kuó ne fai e ngāue fakalao ki aí.

      Ko e tohí ko e faʻu ʻe he tangata ko Sione Mokofisi ʻo ne fanguna e puleʻangá ‘o hoko ke kumi faleʻi ai kinautolu mei he ʻOfisi Lao ʻo e Kalauní.

      Naʻe pehē ʻe Siaosi Pōhiva ʻoku ʻikai ha sofiuea lau miliona ia pea ʻoku ʻikai ke na kaungā pisinisi kinaua mo e tokotaha faʻu polokalama fakakomipiuta ko ia ko Pīveni Piukala.

      Kuo fakaʻikaiʻi ʻe Mokofisi, ʻa ia ne ne toe pulusi foki ʻene ngaahi fakamatala tukuakiʻí he Nepitunó, na’á ne pehē kuo tali ʻe he kapineti ʻa Tongá ke fakatau mai ʻa e sofiueá.

      Ka neongo ia ʻi heʻene ʻuluaki tohí naʻá pehē ai – Mo e sofiuea foʻou lau miliona kuo fakaʻatā ʻe he kapineti ke fakatau mai mei he foha ʻo e Palēmiá mo hono hoa ngāué.

      Naʻe toe lave ʻa Mokofisi ʻi heʻene tohi ko ʻení ki he ngāue fakafaleʻi tokua ne ne pehē ʻoku ngāue fakataha ai ʻa Piveni mo Siaosi ʻone ui ko e “Pohiva-Piukala consultancy”.

      ʻI ha fakamatala ki he ngaahi mītia Tongá ʻi he ʻaho 16 ʻo ʻEpelelí ne pehē ai ʻe Siaosi naʻe fakangāueʻi ia ʻe he Vaʻa Fakasekelitali ʻa e Komiunitī Pasifikí ʻi Fisí ʻi he tafaʻaki ki he
      Educational Quality and Assessment Programme.

      Naʻá ne pehē kuo mahino e holo ʻa e kualatī ʻo e akó he feituʻu (Pasifiki Saute) pea ko e konga ia ʻo e faitoʻo ki aí ko hono kumi ha founga ke fakaleleiʻiʻaki ʻa e ola ʻo e ngaahi siví ʻi he feituʻú ni.

      ʻI heʻene aʻu mai ki he tuʻunga ko ʻení ko Pīveni Piukala naʻe ʻulu ʻi he polokalama tekinolosia ki he fakamatala mo fetuʻutaki ʻa e Vaʻa Fakasekelitali ʻa e Komiunitī Pasifikí peá ne na ngāue fakataha leva ke kumi ha faitoʻo fakasofiuea ki he palopalemá.

      Naʻe ʻuluaki ʻahiʻahiʻi e polokalama ko iá ʻi ha foʻi lēsoni ʻe taha ʻi he 2011 pea lēsoni ʻe fā he taʻu hono hokó. ʻI he 2013 naʻe ngāueʻaki leva ki he sivi ʻa e ngaahi foomu fitu ʻi he feituʻú.

      ʻOku kei fai pe ʻa hono faʻufaʻu ʻo e sofiuea ko ʻeni ʻe Piukala, ʻa ia kuó ne hoko ia ko e toko taha fai faleʻi taautaha he ngaahi fonua ʻe niʻihi ʻa ia ʻe pau ke toki ʻoatu e ngaahi makatuʻunga mo e fiemaʻu ia ʻa e ngaahi fonuá ke fakakaukauʻi hano fakakau ki he sofiuea ko iá.

      Pehē ʻe Siaosí naʻe taumuʻa e fakamatala ʻa Mokofisí ke tuku hifo ʻene tamai, ʻa ia ko e Palēmiá ʻAkilisi Pōhiva.
      Naʻe ʻosi tuku mai ʻe he ʻŌfisi ʻo e Palēmiá haʻanau fakamatala ke fakamaʻalaʻala e fakamatala tukuakiʻí ni peá ne ʻasi ai ha lau ʻa Piukala ʻo ne pehē ko e puta loi kotoa e fakamatala ʻa Mokofisí.

      Ne tohi foki ʻa Siaosi ki he Matangi Tongá ʻi he ʻaho 3 ʻo Māʻasí ʻo ʻoatu ʻene fiemaʻu ken au kole fakamolemole mo fakafoki e ngaahi fakamatala ʻa Mokofisí. Ne nau pulusi mai e fiemaʻu ʻa Siaosí ka e tānaki hake ʻi lalo e pehē ʻe he ʻētitá ʻoku ʻi ai e totonu ʻa e kakaí ke fakahā ʻenau ngaahi fakakaukaú.

      Naʻe toe ʻoatu ai heni ha tohi ʻa Siaosi ʻo ne fakamahino ki he ētitá ko e fakamatala ʻa Mokofisí ʻoku hala mo taki hala ka ne ʻikai pulusi ʻene tohi ʻana ko iá ʻe he Matangi Tongá.

      Ko e fakamatala hoko atu ʻi laló ko e tohi ia ne ʻuluaki ʻomai ʻe Siaosi ki he Kanivá ki muʻa heʻene fakamatala tuku ange ki he mītiá ʻi he ʻaho 16 ʻEpelelí. ʻOku mau pulusi kakato atu pe ʻene fakamatala faka-Tongá.

      Faʻu ʻe Siaosi Pōhiva

      Na’aku ‘ohovale ‘i he tohi na’e fai ‘e Sione Mokofisi ‘oku ha ‘i he Matangi Tonga Online fekau’aki pea moe fakatau ‘e he pule’anga ‘a ‘eku software ki he ako ‘i Tonga.

      Koe fakamatala ko eni ‘oku hala ‘aupito pea na’aku ‘osi fakaha ‘eni ki he Matangi Tonga Online ke nau fakafoki ‘enau fakamatala pea ke kole fakamolemole. ‘Oku ‘ikai mo’oni ‘a e lau ‘o pehe oku ‘i ai ‘a ‘eku kautaha mo ‘eku polokalama computer ‘oku lau miliona pea ‘oku fakatau ‘e he pule’anga Tonga. ‘oku toe loloto foki ‘o pehe kuo ‘osi tali ‘eni ‘e he Kapineti ke fakahoko ‘a e fakatau ko ‘eni. Koe ngaahi fakamatala ko ‘eni ‘oku ne takihala’i ‘a e kakai ‘o uesia ai ‘a e ongoongo ‘o e Palemia ‘o Tonga mo ‘ene kapineti kae pehe foki kiate au.
      Koe toe me’a fakaloloma foki ko e ‘ikai ke ‘i ai ha fa’ahinga fetu’utaki mai ‘e taha kiate au ke ‘ai ha’aku lau.
      ‘Oku ‘i ai foki moe toe comment ‘a Sione Mokofisi ‘I he Matangi Tonga Online ai pe ‘o ne ngaue’aki ‘ae lea koe “guilty by association”. ‘Oku ou faka’amu koe ki’i fakamatala teu fai ‘e mahino kia Sione Mokofisi ‘a e mo’oni.
      ‘Oku ou lolotonga ngaue ‘ihe SPC ‘i fisi, ‘i he polokalama koe EQAP (Educational Quality and Assessment Programme) na’e ‘iloa koe SPBEA (South Pacific Board for Educational Assessment). ‘Oku ou tokanga’i ‘ae Assessment Section pea na’aku kamata ngaue ‘I he SPBEA ‘I Fepueli 2006 pea ‘oku ou lolotonga ngaue ni ‘i ai. Koe taha ‘o hoku ngaahi fatongia ko hono fakakaukau’i ha founga ke fekalelei’i ‘aki ‘a e Assessment (Sivi) ‘i he Pasifiki ke tokoni ki hono fakalakalaka ‘o e Ako.

      Ko hono talanga’i ko eni ‘a e scaling ‘o e sivi ‘oku ikai ko ha me’a fo’ou ia. ‘I he 2008 ‘o faai mai ai na’e kamata ke lahi ‘a hono talanga’i ‘i he media ‘i Fisi ‘a e scaling. Koe taimi eni na’e kamata ai ‘a ‘eku fekumi ki hono fa’u ha founga makehe ko ha option kihe ngaahi fonua ke tokoni ki hono solova ‘oe palopalema ‘oku fai ai ‘a e hoha’a pea moe talanga. Lolotonga eni ‘oku mau ngaue fakataha pea mo Piveni, ‘o ne tokanga’i ‘ae tafa’aki ICT (Information and Communication Technology) pea na’e lahi ‘a ‘ema ngaue fakataha ki ha solution ‘e tokoni ki he ako.

      Koe’uhi koe fakalalahi ‘a e ngaahi talanga fekau’aki pea moe scaling fakataha pea moe ha mai ‘oku holo ‘ae quality ‘o e ako ‘i he Pasifiki ko ia na’aku present ai kihe Poate ‘ae SPBEA ‘a e issue ‘ihe assessment pea moe recommendation keu fekumi kiha founga ‘oku taau ke ngaue’aki kihe Sivi ‘ae Pasifiki. ‘I he 2011 na’e kamata ke ha sino mai ‘a e fakakaukau ‘oe SPFSC outcomes based approach. Lolotonga ‘eni na’e te’eki ai ke ‘i ai ha qualified programmer ‘I he SPBEA talu ‘a e mavahe ‘a Piveni ‘I he 2009. ‘i he 2011 Na’aku toutou ‘alu ai kia Piveni ‘o kole kene develop mu’a ‘ae software ke trial ‘aki ‘eku approach kae lava keu present mo update kihe Poate ‘ae SPBEA. Na’e fai ‘e Piveni ‘ae ngaue ni ta’etotongi.

      Na’e trail ‘ae approach ko eni ‘i he 2011 ‘I he sivi form 7 ‘ae Pasifiki ‘I he lesoni ‘ekonomika pe ‘e taha pea lesoni ‘e fa ‘i he 2012 ‘a ia na’e kau mai ki ai ae ongo ofisa ako ma’olunga ‘I hono fakafolau mai ‘e he SPBEA ke na taki ‘i he kau maaka sivi ‘o e trial ko ‘eni. ‘i he 2013 kuo maau kakato ‘a e ngaue ki he approach ‘o toki ngaue’aki kihe ‘u lesoni katoa. ‘Oku ‘ui pe ‘a e founga ni koe SPFSC (South Pacific Form Seven Certificate) outcomes based approach. Neongo ‘oku ngaue’aki kihe sivi foomu 7 ka ‘e ‘aongaange kihe ako ‘I he ngaahi kalasi ki lalo.

      Koe founga ni ‘oku lave ki ai ‘a ‘eku pepa na’e present ‘i he konifelenisi ‘a e IAEA (International Association for Educational Assessment) na’e fai ‘i Singapore ‘i he 2014. Na’aku toe present foki ‘a e me’a tatau ‘I he konifelenisi ‘a e VAKA PASIFIKA na’e fai ki Tonga ‘i he 2014 ai pe.

      Na’aku fakahoko ‘a e ngaue ni ma’ae SPBEA pea na’e ‘i ai ‘ae ngaahi tokoni fakakaukau meia Vise kae ‘uma’aa ‘a e consultant ‘i he assessment koe motu’a ko Peter Davies pea ‘oku reference pe ‘i he’eku pepa ‘oku ou lave ki ai ‘i ‘olunga. Me’a pango pe koe ‘ai ketau lau ngaue ka koe mo’oni ‘a e fa’a lau ‘a Piveni koe ngaue (approach) ‘a’aku ma’ae SPBEA.

      Koe hisitolia ngaue ‘a Piveni ‘i he SPBEA ‘oku ma’u kotoa ia ‘i he lekooti ‘a e ngaue. Na’e kamata fakangaue’i ‘a Piveni koe consultant ma’ae SPBEA ‘i he 2005 ‘oku kei Pule ai ‘a Dr. Visesio Pongi . Koe ngaue ko eni ke develop ‘a e software koe Stallion ‘a e SPBEA koe fa’u ‘e Vise. Na’e hu mai ‘a Piveni ‘o hoko koe ngaue tu’uma’u ‘I he 2007 ki he 2009 ‘o tokanga’I ‘ae ICT moe software developer.

      Na’e toe fakangaue’i ‘a Piveni koe consultant ‘I he 2012 kene develop ‘ae software ‘I he Risk Management koe fa’u ‘e Vise.

      ‘I Tisema 2012 ki Sune 2014 na’e toe fakangaue’i ‘a Piveni koe consultant ‘e he SPBEA. Koe ngaue ko ‘eni ‘a Piveni ke ne fa’u ha software kihe outcomes based approach na’aku fa’u ki he foomu 7 ‘a e Pasifiki (SPFSC). ‘Oku kei lahi ‘ae ngaahi ngaue ke fakakakato ‘a e software ko eni.

      Kuo kole mai ‘eni ‘e he ngaahi fonua ‘o e Pasifiki ki he SPBEA ke nau ngaue’aki ‘a e founga ni kae liliu ke hoa pea moe fiema’u ‘a e fonua. Pea ‘oku ‘osi fai ‘ae tokoni kihe ngaahi fonua ‘oku nau fie ngaue’aki. ‘Oku faka’osi’osi atu eni ‘a e ngaue ‘a e SPBEA pea mo Tuvalu ki he’enau curriculum ka nau ngaue’aki ‘ae founga ni. Ko ha’amoa ‘oku lolotonga fai ‘ae ngaue ki he’enau curriculum kenau ngaue’aki pea moe founga ni ‘o kamata ‘I he 2016. Ko e konga ‘o ‘eku ngaue ke promote ‘ae outcomes-based assessment approach ko ‘eni ki he ngaahi fonua ‘o e Pasifiki he koe fatongia tonu pe ia ‘o e (SPBEA) EQAP.

      Koe tu’utu’uni ki hono fa’u ha software ke ngaue’aki ‘ae assessment approach ‘oku tau’ataina pe ‘ae ngaahi fonua ia kenau fili ha taha computer programmer he koe fiema’u ‘ae fonua ‘e kehe ia meihe fiema’u ‘ae SPBEA pea koe process intelligent ‘oku kehekehe pea moe context ‘oku kehekehe pea moe analysis needs ‘oku kehekehe.

      Koe pehe ko ia ‘e Piveni ‘i hono faka’eke’eke, na’e ngaue pea mo au ke develop ‘ae software kihe outcomes base approach, koe mo’oni ena ‘oku ou ‘oatu i ‘olunga.

      ‘Oku ou tui ta’etoeveiveiua koe fakataumu’a ‘ae tohi etita ‘a Sione Mokofisi pea moe Matangi Tonga Online kene tukuhifo’i ‘ae Palemia ka ‘oku fakaloloma he na’e fa’u ia ‘I he laumalie kovi moe fakamatala ta’emo’oni pea kuo pau ai keu ‘ave ‘a e tohi ko ‘eni kihe fakamaau’anga

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