Tonga ombudsman investigating public enterprises

'Oku taupotu 'i lalo heni ha fakamatala faka-Tonga

By Radio New Zealand

Tonga’s ombudsman has announced an inquiry into allegations of poor administration by the boards of public enterprises.

At the end of last year, local media reported some board members were spending excessively, taking loans, being paid thousands in bonuses and overtime and travelling to Europe.

The Ombudsman of Tonga, Aisea Taumoepeau, said he was now carrying out what he calls an Own Motion Investigation into the allegations.

He said his office and the Ministry of Public Enterprises have agreed to work in partnership and the investigation should not be taken as a negative reflection on the ministry.

He says the probe’s being carried out in the public interest and he has requested relevant information from the ministry.

“I see this as a query into whether these allegations are substantiated or otherwise,” Aisea Taumoepeau said.

“Either way, it will be for the benefit of the Ministry to remedy any shortfall in the Public Enterprises concerned, or be assured there is no undesirable maladministration in the operation of Public Enterprises”.

This article is republished under Kaniva’s partnership content agreement with Radio New Zealand.

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  1. Kuo fakahä ‘e he ‘Omipatimeni ‘o Tonga, Mr. ‘Aisea Taumoepeau, SC, ‘a ‘ene fakahoko ha fakatotolo-‘iate-ia-pë (Own Motion Investigation) ‘o fekau’aki mo e ngaahi tukuaki’i ‘o e ngaahi tu’utu’uni fakangaue hala ‘i he ngaahi Poate ‘o e ngaahi Kautaha Pisini ‘a e Pule’anga (Public Enterprises).

    Na’e pulusi ‘a e ngaahi tukuaki’i ko eni ‘i he nusipepa “Kele’a” Voliume 34 Fika 52 ‘o e ‘aho Monite, 24 ‘o Tisema, 2018.

    Ko e ngaahi tukuaki’i ‘o hono fakahoko ‘o e ngaahi tu’utu’uni halá ‘a ia na’e pulusi he nusipepa Kele’a ‘i he ‘ulu’i tohi “Pau’u ‘i he ngaahi Poate, Ngaahi pisinisi ‘a e Pule’anga” (‘o hangë ‘oku ‘oatu heni), pea ‘oku malava ke fakanounou atu heni:

    (a) ‘Oku ‘ikai fou ‘a e fakatau (procurement) ‘a e ngaahi Poate ‘o e ngaahi kautaha Pisinisi ‘a e Pule’anga he founga tatau ‘oku ngaue’aki ‘a e ngaahi ngaue’anga ‘a e pule’anga, pea ‘oku lava ke ngaue’aki ‘a e pa’anga ‘oku lakahake he $1 miliona ‘o ‘ikai ke fou he founga angamaheni (procurement);

    (e) ‘Oku nö ‘a e kau memipa he Poate mei he sino’i pa’anga ‘a e ngaahi Kautaha Pisinisi ‘a e Pule’anga, ‘o fakatätä’aki – Na’e nö ‘e ha memipa ‘a e $8,00,000 ($8-kilu) mei he Poate (pea ‘oku kei tätä ‘a e nö koia);

    (f) Kuo totongi ki he kau memipa ‘o e Poate ‘a e vahe lau mano, pea ko e ni’ihi kuo ‘oange ‘enau vahe ponasi taki $60,000 ($6-mano) (kuo fuoloa e ‘ahia ‘e Santa Claus ‘a e ngaahi poate ‘e ni’ihi kimu’a he Kilisimasi);

    (h) Na’e fakataumai ‘e he FISA ‘a e vaka “Niuvakai” ki he $1 miliona neongo na’e si’isi’i ange ‘a e hono mahu’inga totonú;

    (i) Ko e Poate ia ‘e taha na’e fakahoko ki Paselona (Barcelona) ‘a ‘enau fakataha Poate; pea

    (k) ‘Oku totongi ngaue tu’ataimi (overtime) ‘a e kau memipa ‘e ni’ihi ‘o e Poate

    ‘Oku fakahoko ‘a e fakatotolo-‘iate-ia pe ‘a e ‘Omipatimeni (Own Motion Investigation) ‘o fakatatau mo e kupu 11 kupu-si’i 2 (kupu 11(2)) ‘o e Lao ki he ‘Omipatimeni 2001.

    Kuo felotoi ‘a e ‘Ofisi ‘o e ‘Omipatimeni mo e Potungaue ki he ngaahi Kautaha Pisinisi ‘a e Pule’anga (Ministry of Public Enterprises) kena fengaue’aki ‘i he fakatotolo-‘iate-ia pe ‘a e ‘Omipatimeni pea ‘oku ‘ikai totonu ke pehë ‘oku ho’ata kovi heni ‘a e Potungaue.

    Kuo kole atu ai ‘a e ‘Omipatimeni ki he Potungaue ki he ngaahi Kautaha Pisinisi ‘a e Pule’anga kenau tokonimai ‘i hono fakahumai ‘o ha:

    Ngaahi fakamatala fekau’aki mo e ngaahi tukuaki’i, ‘o kau ai ha ngaahi tu’utu’uni fakangaue ‘oku fekau’aki tonu mo e ngaahi kaveinga ni;
    Ngaahi pole mo ha ngaahi founga ‘e ala fakalelei’i’aki; mo e
    Ngaahi fakamatala ‘e ala tokoni ki he fakatotolo
    “’Oku ou tui ko e fakatotolo ni ‘e malava ke fakapapaui’i ‘a e ngaahi tukuaki’i pe ‘ikai,” ‘o fakatatau ki he fakamtala ‘a e ‘Omipatimeni, Mr. ‘Aisea Taumoepeau, SC.

    “Neongo ai pe ko e hä e ola, ‘e kaunga lelei eni ki he Potungaue ke fakalelei’i ha fa’ahinga tönounou ‘i he ngaahi Kautaha Pisinisi ‘a e Pule’anga ‘oku fekau’aki mo e ngaahi tukuaki’i, pë ko hano fakapapau’i ‘oku ‘ikai fai ha fa’ahinga tu’utu’uni hala ‘oku ‘ikai taau ‘i he fai fatongia ‘a e ngaahi Pisinisi ‘a e Pule’anga.

    “’Ikai ngata ai, ‘oku mahu’inga ‘a e fakatotoló ni ki he kakai ‘o e fonua,” fakatatau ki he fakamatala ‘a e ‘Omipatimeni, Mr. ‘Aisea Taumoepeau, SC.

    Ka ‘i ai ha fiema’u ki ha toe fakamatala, kataki ‘o fetu’utaki mai ki he Pule Lahi ‘o e ‘Ofisi ‘o e ‘Omipatimeni ‘i he telefoni 26980 pë 26982.

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