Ombudsman upholds allegation about ferry costs, but dismisses Kele’a’s other claims

    Fakatokanga Omipatimeni ko e mahu'inga na'e fakatau'aki 'e he kautaha vaka FISA 'a e pule'anga' 'a e MV Niuvākai' 'i he 2014 na'e fakavalevale ia fakatatau ki he mahu'inga totonu 'o e vaka ta'u 36 ko 'eni. Na'e fakatau'aki ia 'e he FISA 'a e pa'anga ofi he $1.4 miliona Tonga pe $936,500 Nu'u Sila 'osi ha ta'u 'e tolu mei ai kuo sivi'i ia 'e ha kautaha mei Nu'u Sila 'o 'ilo ai na'e tonu ke $350,000 Nu'u Sila pe. Mei liunga tolu kehekehe 'o e mahu'inga koia'. Na'e toe lahi mo e fakamole 'a e FISA hono ngaohi 'o e vaka' ni hili hono fakatau' pea 'ikai foki a'usia 'a e taumu'a ne fakatau ai' ke uta e fua o e ngoue' ki Fisi mo Ha'amoa. Ko e vaka 'eni 'o e ongo Manilala' ki mu'a pea toki fakatau 'e he FISA.

    Tonga’s Ombudsman has told the country’s government-owned shipping agency that it must carry out due diligence on buying large ship. His comment came after an investigation showed that the Friendly Island Shipping Agency paid almost three times the value of a 36 year old ship in 2014. Ombudsman ‘Aisea H. Taumoepeau said at a press…


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