Gov’t rejects Democrats’ request to hold meeting at Popua park as Royal Commissioner Justice Cato investigates funding of the project

Kuo fakamahino ‘e he Sekelitali Pule ‘a e Pule’anga Tonga’ kuo ngāue ‘a e Komisoni Fakatu’i ki hono fakatotolo’i ‘o e paaka Popua’ pea ‘oku sea ai ‘a e fakamaau lahi ko ia ko Charles Cato. Na’e ‘eke ‘e he Kaniva’ ki he Seketali’ ko e hā ne ta’ofi ai e kole mei he kau poupou PTOA ke fai ‘enau fakataha ki he pāka’ he Tokonaki kuo ‘osi’ pea ‘i he tali ‘a e Sekelitali’ na’a’ ne pehē: “'Oku lolotonga fai e ngaue 'a Fakamaau Judge Cato, ko e Commissioner ia Ki he Royal Commission ki hono fakatotolo'i 'o e Ngaahi ngaue, moe fakamole na'e fakahoko ki he paaka, 'a ia na'e fai mei he pa'anga Patiseti 'a e Pule'anga; 2. 'Oku fakafehu'ia lahi 'a e tu'unga fakalao 'oe PTOA he na'e 'osi fakaha kimu'a ko e PTOA pe 'e taha na'e 'osi lesisita ko e Paati Fakapolitikale pea 'iai mo 'ene Konisitutone na'e tali pea laiseni 'i he Potungaue Fefakatau'aki mo e Langa Fkalakalaka Faka'ekonomika. 'Oku te'eki Laiseni 'a e PTOA ko e Incorporated Society . Koe fehu'i leva pe 'oku fakalao pe 'ikai ? Kaekehe ko e fakatotolo ‘eni komisoni’ he tu’utu’uni ‘a e tu’i’ hili ia hano fakahā ‘e he ‘ātita ‘a e pule’anga’ na’e ‘ikai ha pa’anga ia ‘e mole pea pehe ‘e he kautaha ‘ātita tau’atāina ko e Pacific Engineering Consultant Group (PECG) ko e fakamole he pāka’ ko e TP$648,000 pe hili hono ngaohi’. Kapau ne tuku ki tu’a ‘a e ngaue’ ni ‘e $2.9 miliona hono fakamole’. Pea kapau ne fai ‘e he Potungaue MOI ‘e $1.7 miliona. Ko e $6 miliona fakakātoa ne vahe’i mei he patiseti ‘a e pule’anga’ ki he poloseki ko ‘eni’.

The government has cited concerns that the democrats’ PTOA party  is not registered as a legal entity as one of the reasons it banned the organisation from holding a meeting at the Popua National Park on Saturday. There was a big question mark (“fakafehu’ia lahi”) over it, Chief Secretary Edgar Cocker told Kaniva news. Cocker…


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