Auditor’s English report names minister who took government assets as Kakalu apologises

'Oku 'i lalo ha fakamatala faka-Tonga

The former Minister who took two vehicles and a refrigerator unlawfully from the Ministry of Revenue and Customs was MP Tēvita Lavemaau, the Auditor General’s English version of the report said.

The report, which has been seen by Kaniva news, said the Auditor found that two vehicles, registration MORC01 and MORC2 were taken by Lavemaau when he was moved to the Ministry of Finance and became the Minister.

The report said Lavemaau also took a stainless steel refrigerator.

The Auditor General then recommended that “these assets should be relocated to the Ministry’s compound immediately” and be kept there at all times.

However the Auditor General did not identify the Minister personally in the Tongan version of the report.

It just referred to him as the former Minister of Revenue.

In the Tongan version the Auditor General also recommended that Ministers must obtain permission through a letter from the government’s Asset Committee before they took ministry assets.

As Kaniva news reported recently, Kakalu ‘O Tonga newspaper alleged that it was former Minister of Revenue and Customs Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa who took the assets.

Hon. Tu’i’onetoa denied the allegation and demanded a front-page retraction. The paper  apologised in this week’s edition.

The paper retracted the allegation on its front-page and apologised to the Minister, his family and those who were affected by its false news.

Hon. Tu’i’onetoa told the House this week the paper’s fake news had caused a great deal of damage to his reputation after it was shared on social media.

He asked the Speaker to allow the Auditor General to declare in the House the name of the former Minister to whom he was referring.

The Speaker agreed and told Hon. Tu’i’onetoa he has told the clerk to process his request.

The main points

  • The former Minister who took two vehicles and a refrigerator unlawfully from the Ministry of Revenue and Customs was former MP Tevita Lavemaau, the Auditor General’s English version of the report said.
  • The report said Lavemaau also took a stainless steel refrigerator.

For more information

Minister denies allegation and threatens to sue Kakalu; editor says he would apologise  

2 COMMENTS

  1. Ko e Minisitā na’a’ ne ‘ave ta’efakalao ‘a e ongo me’alele mo e ‘aisi mei he Potungāue ‘a e Tukuhau mo e Kasitomu’ ko e Minisitā ki mu’a ko Tēvita Lavemaau, fakatatau ‘eni ki he tatau ‘i he lea ‘Ingilisi’ ‘o e līpooti ‘a e ‘Ātita Seniale’.

    Na’e sio ‘a e Kaniva’ he tatau ko ‘eni’ pea ‘oku ‘asi ai ko e me’alele fika lēsisita MORC01 mo e MORC2.

    Na’a’ ne ‘ave foki mo ha ‘aisi.

    Na’e fokotu’u atu ‘e he ‘Ātita’ ke fakafoki leva ‘a e koloa ko eni’ ki he Tukuhau’ pea ke tuku ma’u ai ‘i he taimi kotoa pe.

    Ka na’e ‘ikai ‘asi ia ‘i he tatau faka-Tonga ‘o e lipooti ‘Ātita’ ko hai ‘a e hingoa ‘o e minisitaa’.

    Ne ‘asi he tatau faka-Tonga’ ‘a e fakahinohino ‘a e ‘Ātita’ ‘a e fiema’u ke faitohi ‘a e kau minisitaa’ ‘o kole ha ngofua mei he kōmiti koloa ‘a e pule’anga’ ‘o ka ‘oku nau fiema’u ke nau hiki mo ha koloa fakapotungāue.

  2. ‘OMAI E FAINGAMALIE KIHE KAKAI ‘E TUPOU 1 mo TUPOU V > “HUMAN RIGHTS and LAW ” and A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY >..FAKA’ULIA TOE OMAI PE KAU FAKAFOFONGA KAKAI ‘O FAI E ANGA KOVI ANGE IA hange koena fai ‘e Lavemaau etc. >…SAI KE FOKI PE A KIHE PULE AONIU ‘AE HOU’EIKI ..HE ‘OKU NAU’OSI VAHE PE mo NAUTOLU MEIHE KAKAI hhh ..TAU MANATU KOE KELEKELE KOE KOLOA TUKUFAKAHOLO IA ‘ETAU FANGA-KUI NE NAU NOFO AI sii matu’a LAUI TO’UTANGATA … Koe melino moe ‘ofa fonua pe loto e kakai ‘oku nau fai ai e fua fatongia ..KA KO’ENAU ‘ITA PE kuo ‘asi e MATE- ma’a Tonga TAUTAMATE !!..’eee ..and the present generation is even worse ..SO WATCH IT TONGA !! FRAUDS and LAWLESSNESS ? > YOURE GOING TO GET IT ,AND YOUR GENERATIONS ..”TUKU-KI-LANGI ” ??? ‘Iooooooo .. !!!!!!!!

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