Finance Minister’s response refutes claims gov’t spends $300,000 on ‘Aho‘eitu image; statue to stay at St George Palace

Ne 'ikai fakamoleki 'e he pule'anga' ha $3 kilu he 'īmisi 'o 'Aho'eitu', 'o hangē ko ia kuo tufaki holo he mītia fakasōsiale'. Ko e me'a 'ofa pe 'eni 'a Palōfesa Viliami Toluta'u ne fakataumu'a ke fakamanatu 'a e hisitōlia 'o e 'uluaki Tu'i Tonga ko 'eni'. Na'e pehē 'e he Minisitā Pa'anga': 'I he 'aho ni, oku 'ikai te u lave'i ha fakamole 'e taha a e pule'anga felave'i ki hono fakatau 'o e Imisi koeni. Ko e me'a 'ofa pe a e tokotaha na'a ne fa'u. Kapau 'e iai ha fakamole 'e hoko, ko hono katoanga'i pe pea mo hono fokotu'u fakalelei ki he feitu'u 'e fiema'u ke tu'u pau kiai ai, pe tu'u pe he St. George pe ko e Pa'ake 'i Popua."

The Minister of Finance said he was unaware of any single expense the government had to bear for the importation of the sculpture of King ‘Aho’eitu, the first Tu’i Tonga. Hon. Tu’i’onetoa was responding to claims on social media that said the government should be using any money allocated to the statue on helping improve…


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