Angry Lavulavu reacts to impeachment allegations, calls Speaker a ‘dictator’

    The Speaker of Parliament repeatedly warned Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu this morning after the Minister used threatening language against him and called him a dictator.

    Hon. Lavulavu, the MP for Vava’u 16 was furious when he learned a motion of impeachment motion against him was to be read in the House.

    The motion accuses him, in part, of misusing his position as Minister of Infrastructure.

    Hon. Lavulavu accused his fellow Vava’u MPs of being behind the impeachment.

    He reacted angrily when the Speaker repeatedly warned him to sit down.

    He threatened to impeach the Speaker for not allowing him to respond to his accusations.

    The Speaker, Lord Tu’ivakano, told Hon. Lavulavu he could not be given the opportunity to respond to his impeachment because the matter was being referred for further consideration by the Privilege Standing Committee.

    The Speaker told Hon. Lavulavu the Privilege Committee would assess the impeachment motion to see whether or not there was sufficient evidence to allow it to be placed before the House for deliberation.

    Lord Tu’ivakano said the procedure was fair.

    If the Committee, which was made up of capable members, validated the impeachment, then Hon. Lavulavu would be given the opportunity to respond when the impeachment was returned to the House.

    Only part of the impeachment was read in the House this morning in accordance with the House rulings.

    It alleged Hon. Lavulavu had misused his role as minister and mismanaged government possessions. He has denied the accusations.

    The impeachment was submitted to the House by the Vava’u Member of the Nobles, Lord Tu’ilakepa.

    Hon. Lavulavu apologised to the House when members returned for the second part of today’s sitting of Parliament after the lunch break.

    Hon Lavulavu said he had behaved as he did because he wanted his side of the impeachment to be heard in public.

    The tension in the House this morning led the Speaker to remind the House of the protocols and the House rulings, saying he had the power to order an MP out of the House if he disobeyed his order.

    Today was the House’s first session after it returned from its mid-year recess, which began in June.

    The main points

    • The Speaker of Parliament repeatedly warned Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu this morning after the Minister used threatening language against him and called him a dictator.
    • Lavulavu, the MP for Vava’u 16 and Minister for Infrastructure, was furious when he learned a motion of impeachment motion against him was to be read in the House.
    • The impeachment was submitted to the House by the Vava’u Member of the Nobles, Lord Tu’ilakepa.
    • It alleges Hon. Lavulavu misused his role as minister and mismanaged government possessions. He has denied the accusations.

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    1. ‘Ita ‘a Lavulavu ‘o fakafetau ki hono faka’iló mo ne ui e Sea e Fale Aleá ko e tikitato.

      Ne toutou fakatokanga e Sea ʻo e Fale Aleá kia ʻOnapolo Lavulavu he pongipongi ʻo e ʻaho ní hili ia ha toutou ngāueʻaki ʻe he Minisitaá ha lea fakamana ange mo ui ia ko e tikitato.

      Ne lili ʻa Lavulavu, ʻa ia ko e Fakafofonga foki ia ʻo Vavaʻu 16 heʻene ʻilo ʻe lau ʻi Fale Alea he pongipongi ʻo e ʻaho ní hano tohi fakaʻilo faka-Fale Alea.

      Ko e konga e tohi ʻoku fakaʻilo ai ia ki hono ngāue halaʻaki hono mafaí ko e Minisitā ki he Ngaahi Ngāue Lalahí.

      Ne tukuakiʻi ʻe Lavulavu ʻa hono kaungā fakafofonga mei Vavaʻú ki he faʻufaʻu hono fakaʻiló.

      Ne ne tafihu he taimi ne toutou fakatokanga atu ai e Seá ke ne meʻa ki laló.

      Naʻá ne toe fakamana te ne fakaʻilo e seá ko e ʻikai ke fakaʻatā ia ke fai haʻane tali ki hono ngaahi tukuakiʻí.

      Ne meʻa e Seá ʻo pehē ʻe ʻikai ʻoange hano faingamālie ke tali leva he kuo paasi e fakaʻilo ki he Kōmiti ʻa e Falé ke nau vakaiʻi pe ʻoku ʻi ai ha ʻū fakamoʻoni feʻunga ke hoko atu hano aleaʻi ʻi Fale Ale ape ʻikai.

      Pehē ʻe Looti Tuʻivakanō ko e kōmiti ko e kakai lalahi ʻoku ʻi aí mo feʻunga pea tuku p eke fai ʻenau ngāue ke lava pea ke fakafoki mai ke aleaʻi ʻi he Fale Aleá pea ʻe pau ke ʻoange ʻa e faingamālie ʻo Lavulavu ke fai haʻane tali.

      Ko e konga pe ʻo e fakaʻiló ne lau ʻi he Falé ʻi he pongipongi ʻo e ʻaho ní ʻo fakatatau ki he tuʻutuʻuni ʻa e Falé.

      ʻOku tukuakiʻi ai ʻa Lavulavu ki he ngāue halaʻaki hono fatongia fakaminisitaá mo ngāue taʻe totonuʻaki e koloa ʻa e puleʻangá, ka ʻokú ne fakaʻikaiʻi ʻe ia.

      Kaekehe ne iku ʻo kole fakamolemole ʻa e fakafofongá he foki mai ʻa e Falé hili e ʻilo hoʻataá mo ne pehē ne ne loto pe ke ongo atu ki tuʻa hono leʻó mo ʻene tafaʻakí pea ko e ʻuhinga ia ne pehē ai ʻene fakafeangaí.

      Ne hoko e taututuʻu ko ʻení ke fakamanatu ai ʻe h Sea ʻo e Falé ki he kau mēmipá ʻene tototnu ke tuku ha taha mēmipa ki tuʻa ʻo ka talangataʻa ki heʻene ngaahi tuʻutuʻuní.

      Ko e ʻuluaki Fale Alea ʻeni hili ia e foki mai ʻa e kau mēmipá ʻi ha mālōlō talu he māhina Suné.

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