FISA failed to check out MV Niuvakai properly before paying over the odds, says Ombudsman

    Mahino ‘eni ‘a e tō nounou lahi ‘i he kautaha vaka FISA ‘i hono fakatau ‘o e vaka Niuvākai ‘a e ongo Manilala’ ‘aki ha mahu’inga ne fu’u lahi mei liunga tolu ia he mahu’inga ma’ama’a ne tonu ke fakatau’aki ‘a e vaka’ ni. Talu hono muimui’i mai ‘e he Kaniva’ ‘a e fakatau ko ‘eni mei he 2014 mo hono toutou faka’eke ki he kau ma’u mafai ‘o e FISA ‘a e ‘uhinga totonu ne fai ai ‘a e fakatau vaka’ mo hono tala mai pe ko e vaka lelei pea na’e tonu pe hono fakatau ke ne fetuku ‘a e fua ‘o e fonua’ ki Ha’amoa mo Fisi. Na’e ‘ikai lava ‘e he vaka’ ni ‘o fai ‘a e fatongia ko ia’. 'Osi pe hono fakatau' kuo hā mai 'a e lahi ‘ene palopalema’ pea iku ‘o tu’uaki fakatau atu 'osi pe ha ta'u 'e tolu ka kuo totongi e miliona Tonga ia ki he ongo Manilala. Na’e mama mai foki ha ‘imeili ia ‘a e Minisitā Pa’anga ki mu’a 'o ma'u 'e he Kaniva’. Ne mahino ai ‘a ‘ene feinga ke fakatau ‘a e vaka’ ke totongi’aki ‘a e nō ‘a e ongo Manilala’ ‘i Nu’u Sila. ne 'osi ai mo e kautaha 'i Nu'u Sila' ni ne tu'uaki ki ai 'a e Niuvākai, 'a ia ne ui taimi ko ia' ko e St Theresa, ka ne nau kalo ko e tu'unga ma'olalo ne 'i ai 'a e vaka'. Toki ha’u ‘eni ‘a e ‘Omipatimeni’ o fakamahino mai na’e ‘osi lipooti ‘a e ngaahi mama mo maumau ‘e 17 ‘i he vaka’ ki he FISA ka ne kei tutui pe kau ma’u mafai’ ‘oku fe’unga pe ke fakatau. Na’e fakamaatoato mo’oni hono fokotu’utu’u e polōseki ke uta e fua ‘o e fonua’ ki Ha’amoa’ pe na’e ‘ai hake pe ia ‘i ha fakakaukau ‘a ha ni’ihi ke hū ai ‘a e tila fakatau vaka ko ‘eni? Tau tuku atu ia ki he FISA ke nau tali mai e fehu’i’ ni.

    A New Zealand-based marine surveyor identified 17 deficiencies in the MV Niuvakai before Tonga’s national shipping line paid three times what the 34 year- old vessel was worth. The revelation come in a detailed statement from Tonga’s Ombudsman who released the information in the wake of yesterday’s press conference on his investigation into allegations of…


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