Time for a parting of the ways with Lord Ma‘afu, says Prime Minister

    Te ke ma'u 'a e fakamatala kakato faka-Tonga ki he talanoa ni 'i he konga taupotu taha ki lalo 'o e peesi ni.

    Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva said today he regarded Lord Ma’afu as his son, but the time had come for a parting of the ways.

    “I selected him to help me in steering our government after the elections in 2014 and again in 2017,” Hon. Pōhiva said.

    “Sadly, it is obvious that we disagree on a number of things.”

    The Prime Minister was reacting to the circulation online of comments by Lord Ma’afu to the staff of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

    Lord Ma’afu resigned recently as Minister for Land and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for His Majesty’s Armed Forces.

    Hon. Pōhiva said Lord Ma’afu had alleged that on March 3 Cabinet had discussed a Cabinet Submission recommending that Cabinet approve the application by the Solicitor General to the Supreme Court for the judicial review of His Majesty’s prerogative to assent to or veto a piece of legislation that had already been adopted by the Legislative Assembly.

    He also alleged that the Prime Minister had not wanted him to attend the meeting as his presence could give rise to a prolonged dispute.

    The Prime Minister said Lord Ma’afu has also alleged that Hon. Pōhiva had wrongly accused him of having signed a Regulation authorising Life Peers to register as candidates in the election of Noble’s representatives to the Legislative Assembly, while the Prime Minister was on an official trip overseas.

    “While I attended the annual summit of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in Samoa in September 2017, Lord Ma’afutukui’aulahi was Acting Prime Minister of Tonga,” Hon. Pōhiva said.

    “As Acting Prime Minister, Lord Ma’afutukui’aulahi made the “Electoral (Election of Representatives of the Nobles) Regulations 2017”, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 9B of the Electoral Act 1989.

    “This Regulation authorised Life Peers to be candidates in the upcoming elections for Nobles’ Representatives to the Legislative Assembly in November 2017.

    “Lord Ma’afutukui’aulahi made this Electoral Regulations without informing the rest of the members of Cabinet, or the rest of members of the Nobles of the Realm, or the Office of the Supervisor of Elections, or the Attorney General’s Office, or the Solicitor General’s Office.”

    He said Lord Ma’afu should have at least informed the other members of the Nobles of the Realm and the rest of Cabinet.

    The Prime Minister said that while Cabinet had discussed a Cabinet Submission regarding His Majesty’s prerogative to assent to or veto legislations that had already been adopted by the Legislative Assembly is correct, it was not the intention of the Cabinet Submission to seek a judicial review of His Majesty’s prerogative.

    “The current Cabinet, and the Government that I lead, respects and supports that particular Royal prerogative as we believe it is an absolutely essential element of the system of government that we had agreed to,” Hon. Pōhiva said.

    “The aim of the Cabinet Submission that we discussed was to seek a judicial review of the right of the Privy Council to approve or disapprove a piece of legislation that had already been adopted by the Legislative Assembly.”

    The Constitution did not give any authority to the Privy Council to approve or disapprove a piece of legislation that had been adopted by the Legislative Assembly, but five pieces of legislation that had been passed by the Legislative Assembly between 2014 and 2016 had been deferred by the Council, he said.

    “Some of these had been adopted by the Legislative Assembly during Lord Tu’ivakano’s term as Prime Minister,” he said.

    “The Hon Minister for Justice tabled the Cabinet Submission that was discussed after it had been vetted by a legal expert in his Ministry and vetted by the Solicitor General. This was discussed on March 3 and Cabinet agreed to defer their final decision.”

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    1. Na’e fakanofo ‘e he Palemia ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘a Looti Ma’afu ke Le’ole’o ‘i he Lakanga Palemia he ta’u kuo ‘osi kae me’a ia ki Ha’amoa. Lolotonga e taki ‘a Ma’afu na’a ne tali ai ‘e ia fokotu’u mai ‘o e fo’i fakatonutonu lao ka e lava ‘a e kau nopele ‘ikai tukufakaholo ‘o kau he fili ke nau fakafofonga ki Fale Alea.

      Na’e ‘ikai ke ne fakaha ‘eni ke ‘ilo ‘e he toenga ‘o e kapineti, pe kau nopele, pe Komisiona Faifili pe Solisitoa Seniale.

      Pehe ‘e Ma’afu tokua ne ‘i ai e pepa ne alea’i ‘i kapineti he uike kuo ‘osi kau ki he mafai ‘o e tu’i. ‘Oku ‘ikai ke kakato ‘e me’a ki heni fakatatau ki he tali mei he pule’anga.

      Ko e pepa ‘a e kapineti na’e alea’i ke fai hano toe vakai’i fakafakamaau’anga ‘a e totonu ‘a e Fakataha Tokoni ke ne tali pe ta’e tali ha fo’i lao kuo ‘osi tali ‘e he Fale Alea.

      ‘Oku ‘ikai ke ‘oange ‘e he konisitutone ia ha mafai ‘o e Fakataha Tokoni ke tali pe ta’etali ha fo’i lao kuo ‘osi tali ‘e he Fale Alea, ka kuo ‘osi ‘i ai e fo’i lao ‘e nima kuo ‘osi paasi ‘e he Fale Alea mei he vaha’a ta’u 2014 ki he 2016 kuo fakatatafe ia ‘e he Fakataha Tokoni.

      Ko e ngaahi lao ‘eni ia na’e tali ia ‘e he Fale Alea kau ai e lao ne tali he taimi ne kei palemia ai ‘a Looti Tu’ivakano.

      Ne fakahu mai ‘e he Minisita lao ‘a e fokotu’u kapineti na’e alea’i ko ‘eni hili ia hano sivi’i ‘e ha mataotao fakalao ‘i he’ene potungaue pea toe vakai’i ‘e he Solisitoa Seniale. Na’e alea’i ‘eni ‘i Ma’asi ‘aho 3 pea na’e loto taha ‘a e kapineti ia ke toloi ‘oua leva ‘e fai ha’ane aofangatuku ki ai.

      Na’e me’a ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, he ‘aho ni ‘o pehe ‘oku ne fakame’apango’ia ‘i hono tukuange mai ‘i he mitia sosiale ‘a e me’a ‘a Lord Ma’afutukui’aulahi ki he kau ngaue ‘o e Potungaue Fonua mo e Koloa Fakaenatula, he ‘oku ne tui na’e ‘ikai fakataumu’a ‘a e ‘Eiki Nopele ke fakamafola ‘a ‘ene me’a ‘i he ngaluope. Ka neongo ia, na’e me’a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o pehe, ko e founga ngaue ia ‘o onopooni pea ‘oku fiema’u ke tau mateuteu ki ai.

      ‘I he me’a ‘a Lord Ma’afutukui’aulahi ki he kau ngaue ‘o e Potungaue, na’a ne ‘ohake ai ‘a e ongo me’a ‘e ua ‘o pehe tokua ko e ongo ‘uhinga ia na’e ‘ikai fakafiemalie ki he ‘Eiki Palemia ‘a ‘ene faifatongia ko e ‘Eiki Minisita ki he Fonua mo e Koloa Fakaenatula pea mo e ‘Eiki Minisita ‘oku ne tokanga’i ‘a e Kau Tau Malu’i Fonua ‘a ‘Ene ‘Afio. Ko e ‘uluaki, tokua na’e alea’i ‘e he Kapineti ‘i he ‘aho Falaite ko hono 2 ‘o Ma’asi, ha pepa faka-Kapineti ke ‘eke’i fakalao ‘a e mafai ‘a ‘Ene ‘Afio ke ne tali pe ta’etali ha lao kuo ‘osi fakapaasi ‘e he Fale Alea, pea tokua na’e ‘ikai ke loto e ‘Eiki Palemia ke ne me’a ange ki he fakataha Kapineti koe’uhi tokua ‘e makatu’unga ai ha longoa’a. Ko hono ua e ‘uhinga na’e ‘ohake ‘e he ‘Eiki Nopele, tokua na’e tukuaki’i hala’i ia ‘e he ‘Eiki Palemia na’a ne fakamo’oni ha fo’i lao (Regulations) ke fakangofua e kau nopele fakalangilangi (Life Peers) ke nau kanititeiti he fili Fale Alea, lolotonga ha folau e ‘Eiki Palemia ki muli.

      Na’e me’a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o pehe, “Lolotonga ‘eku folau ‘i Sepitema ‘o e ta’u kuo ‘osi ki he fakataha fakata’u ‘a e kau taki ‘o e ngaahi fonua memipa ‘o e Pacific Islands Forum ne fakahoko ki Ha‘amoa, na’e Palemia Le’ole’o ai ‘a Lord Ma’afutukui’aulahi. Lolotonga ‘e ne Palemia Le’ole’o, na’e fa’u ‘e Lord Ma’afutukui’aulahi ‘a e “Ngaahi Tu’utu’uni (Fili ‘o e Kau Fakafofonga ‘o e Kau Nopele) Ki He Fili Fale Alea 2017” ‘o fakatatau ki he mafai ‘oku ‘oange ki he Palemia ‘e he Kupu 9B ‘o e Lao ki he Fili Fale Alea 1989. Na’e faka’ataa ‘e he Tu’utu’uni ko ‘eni ‘a e kau Fakafofonga Nopele Fakalangilangi ke nau kanititeiti ‘i he fili Fale Alea ne teuaki ki Novema ‘o e 2017. Na’e fa’u ‘e Lord Ma’afutukui’aulahi e Ngaahi Tu’utu’uni Fili ko eni ‘o ‘ikai ha ‘ilo ki ai e toenga ‘o e kau memipa ‘o e Kapineti, pe ko e toenga ‘o e Hou’eiki Nopele ‘o e fonua, pe ko e ‘Ofisi ‘o e Supavaisa ‘o e Fili, pe ko e ‘Ofisi Palemia pe aa! Hala ‘ataa!

      ‘Oku ou tui na’e totonu ke sinaki fakapa ‘e Lord Ma’afutukui’aulahi ki he toenga ‘o e Hou’eiki Nopele ‘o ‘Ene Afio pea mo e toenga ‘o e Kapineti, he na’e fou mai he Ngaahi Tu’utu’uni Fili fo’ou ko eni e ngaahi liliu lahi ki he fonua fakalukufua.”

      Na’e toe me’a ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o pehe, “’Oku mo’oni e fakamatala ‘a Lord Ma’afutukui’aulahi ‘o fekau’aki mo hono alea’i ‘e he Kapineti he ‘aho Falaite ko hono 2 ‘o Ma’asi ‘a e pepa Kapineti fekau’aki mo e mafai ‘o ‘Ene ‘Afio ke ne tali pe ta’etali ha lao kuo ‘osi fakapaasi ‘e he Fale Alea. Ka ko eni.

      Na’e ‘ikai ko e taumu’a ‘o e pepa faka-Kapineti ke ‘eke’i fakalao e mafai ‘o ‘Ene ‘Afio ke ne tali pe ta’etali ha lao kuo fakapaasi ‘e he Fale Alea. ‘Oku faka’apa’apa’i ‘e he Kapineti mo e Pule’anga ‘oku ou taki ai, e fo’i mafai ko ia he ‘oku mau tui ta’etoeveiveiua ko e fo’i elemeniti mahu’inga eni ‘o e fa’unga fakapule’anga kuo tau felotoi ki ai. Ko e taumu’a ‘o e pepa fakaKapineti na’e alea’i ke ‘eke’i fakalao e mafai ‘o e Fakataha Tokoni ke ne tali pe ta’etali ha lao kuo ‘osi fakapaasi ‘e he Fale Alea. ‘Oku ‘ikai ke foaki ange ‘e he Konisitutone hotau fonua ha mafai ki he Fakataha Tokoni ke nau tali pe ta’etali ha lao kuo ‘osi fakapaasi ‘e he Fale Alea. Ka ko e fo’i lao eni ‘e 5 kuo fakapaasi ‘e he Fale Alea ‘i he vaha’a ‘o e 2014 mo e 2016 kuo tu’utu’uni e Fakataha Tokoni ke toloi kae toe fai hano vakai’i. Ko e ni’ihi ‘o e ngaahi lao ko eni ne fakapaasi ‘e he Fale Alea he taimi na’e ‘Eiki Palemia ai ‘a Lord Tuivakano pea ko e ni’ihi na’e toki fakapaasi ki mui ni. Na’e fakahu mai ‘e he Eiki Minisita ki he Fakamaau’anga ‘a e pepa faka-Kapineti ko eni hili hano sivi’i ‘e ha mataotao ‘i he lao mei he ‘ene Potungaue pea mo e Fakahinohino Lao ‘a e Pule’anga. Pea na’e alea’i eni he ‘aho Falaite ko hono 2 ‘o Ma’asi, ka na’e loto e Kapineti ke toloi ki he kaha’u neongo na’e ‘ikai ke me’a ai ‘a Lord Ma’afu Tukui’aulahi na’e ‘ikai lototaha ‘a e Kapineti ke fai leva ‘e ‘eke’i fakalao (judicial review).”

      Na’e me’a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o pehe, “Ko Lord Ma’afutukui’aulahi ko hoku foha. Pea ‘oku ou hounga’ia ‘i he ‘ene mahino’i hoku loto pea ne fakahu mai ‘ene tohi fakafisi. Na’a ku fili ia ke tokoni mai ki hono leva’i hotau Pule’anga hili e fili ‘o e 2014, moe fili ‘o e 2017. Ko e me’apango ia kuo ma kauhala kehekehe he ngaahi me’a ‘e ni’ihi pea na’e pau ke fai ai e mavae”.

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