Government raises concerns over Parliament delaying their response to petition

'Oku taupotu 'i lalo ha fakamatala faka-Tonga

Police Minister Māteni Tapueluelu told Parliament the government was concerned that the  Speaker had not given the government an opportunity to respond to allegations against seven government Ministers, including the Prime Minister.

The government was concerned that allegations in a petition organised by PSA head Mele ‘Amanaki, which had been presented to Parliament in June, were aired in public before they had been given to the Auditor General to examine.

Hon. Tapueluelu said the government believed it had a “right to reply”.

He said the government thought the petition would not be aired publicly until the auditing was finished.

The ministers who were accused in the petition have submitted their responses to the Speaker Lord Fakafanua. But the Speaker has passed them on to the Privilege Committee to examine.

Hon Tapueluelu said the government’s response had been tied (“nono’o”) together with the Auditors’ report.

He said the public had been waiting for the government’s response.

The allegations in the petition had been used by anti-government factions as weapons to attack government on social media.

The petition was strongly backed by unsuccessful parliamentary candidates and some de facto Democrat MPs.

After about three months when the petition was read in the House some of the cabinet ministers who had been accused came forward and responded through Kaniva news.

They vehemently denied the allegations and criticized the petitioners saying they had held a grudge against them after the PTOA Party dumped ‘Amanaki in last year’s snap election.

The Ministers had great concerns at how the Speaker had allowed the petition, which had not been scrutinised by a Parliamentary authority, to be aired in the public.

Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika echoed the concern.

The Police Minister said the response from government should have been read out without waiting for the Auditor.

“Auditing and responding to allegation were two different things,” Hon Tapueluelu told the Speaker in Tongan.

The Speaker told the Minister of Police on Monday their responses had been passed on to the Privilege Committee and would be read out in the House soon.

The main points

  • Police Minister Mateni Tapueluelu told Parliament the government was concerned that the Speaker had not given the government an opportunity to respond to allegations against seven government Ministers, including the Prime Minister.
  • The government was concerned that allegations in a petition, which had been presented to Parliament, were aired in public before they had been given to the Auditor General to examine.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Hoha’a pule’anga’ ki he ‘alu ‘eni ke mahina ‘e tolu hili hono mu’aki lau ‘o e ngaahi fakamahamahalo ‘i he tohi tangi ‘a Mele ‘Amanaki mo ha ni’ihi ‘o e kau fakafofonga ne nau tō ‘i he fili fakavavevave ne toki ‘osi’, ‘oku te’eki pe faka’atā ‘e he Sea ‘o e Fale Alea’ ke lau e tali ‘a e pule’anga’.

    Hili hono lau ‘o e ngaahi tukuaki’i mamafa ta’efakapapau’i ko ‘eni he tohi tangi’ ‘o vālau tu’u ai e kakai’ pea toki ‘ave leva ia ki he ‘ātita ke ne tala mai pe ne tonu ko ā ‘a e tukuaki’i’ pe ‘ikai pea ‘e toki hoko atu ia ki ha tali mei he pule’anga’.

    ‘I he me’a ‘a e Minsita Polisi’ ‘i Fale Alea’ ne ne pehē ai ki he Sea’ ko hono ‘ave ‘eni ‘o e tali ‘a e pule’anga ‘o nono’o fakataha mo e tali ‘a e ‘ātita’ kae fakaongo atu e fonua’ ia pe ‘e tuku mai fakakū.

    “Lau ia pea toki fai ‘a e ‘ātita, toki ‘omai ko eni ‘a e tali ‘a e Pule’angá,” ko e me’a ia ‘a e Minisitaa’ ki he Sea’.

    :‘Oku hangehangē kiate kimautolu ‘oku ‘uhingá, ke tali ke ‘ātita’i kae toki lau ‘a e talí. ‘Oku mau tui ‘oku ‘i ai e totonu ‘a e Pule’angá, ke lau ‘ene talí. Ko e ‘Atitá ia ko e me’a makehe ia.

    Pea ko e kole atú ia, Sea, ke angalelei e Feitu’u na, hono tataki hotau Falé, kae fakakaukaua ange mu’a e me’a ko iá, he ‘oku tali mai e kakai e fonuá. Pē ‘e fēfē ke tukuange e faingamālie ke lau e tali ‘a e Pule’angá.

    ‘Oku ‘i ai ‘ene right to reply, pē ko ‘ene totonu ke tali ki he ngaahi tukuaki’i kuo ‘omai. Pea toki ‘omai makehe pē ‘a e lau ia ko ē ‘a e ‘Atita, ko e fekitā makehe ia.

    He na’a mau pehē na’e totonu ke tali ke kakato e ‘Atitá, pea toki lau ‘a e Tohi Tangí.

    Ka na’e lau pē ‘a e Tohi Tangi ia pea toki fai ‘a e ‘ātita, pea toki nono’o leva ‘a e tali ia ‘a e Pule’angá, ke pehē ke ‘omai fakataha mo e lau ‘a e ‘Atita.

    Ka ko e ongo me’a kehekehe ‘e ua. Pea ko e kolé ia, Sea, ko e ‘uhingá ko e tataki ‘oku ke fai ki hotau Falé. Ke tukuange mu’a e tali ia ‘a e Pule’angá ke lau ā, Sea.

    Ka ‘i he tali ‘a e Sea’ na’a’ ne pehē kuo ‘osi paasi e tali ‘a e pule’anga’ ki he Privilege Committee pea ‘e vave’ ni pe hano paasi mai ke lau.”

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