Pōhiva’s rival pulls out of TV debate; both candidates concerned at millions in unspent funds clawed back by donors and treasury

‘Oku ‘i ai ‘a e lau miliona 'a e pule'anga ‘oku fakafoki ia ki fale pa’anga he ta’u kotoa mo e ngaahi tokoni mei muli’ koe’uhi pe ne ‘ikai lava ‘e Tonga ke faka’aonga’i e pa’anga ko ia’. Pehē ‘e Siaosi Pōhiva ko e $60 miliona ne fakafoki ‘e he pule’anga’ ki fale pa’anga he ta’u fakapa’anga ne toki ‘osi’. Ko Dr Netatua Prescott ko e kaungā kanititeiti fe’auhi ia ‘o Siaosi ki Tongatapu ‘uluaki’. Ko ia ‘oku pule ‘i he ‘iuniti SCU ‘a ia ‘oku’ ne tokanga’i ‘a e ngaahi polōseki tokoni mei muli’. Na’a ne pehē ‘e ia ko e lau miliona ‘oku fakafoki ia ki he Pangaikē ‘a Māmani’ ‘i he ‘uhinga tatau pea ne ‘i ai mo hono ngāue hala’aki ‘o na ‘a e ngaahi pa’anga tokoni ko ‘eni. ‘Oku faka’amu ‘a Prescott ke fakalelei’i ‘a e tafa’aki ko ‘eni pea ke lava ke ngāue kotoa ‘aki ‘a e pa’anga’ ni ‘i Tonga. ‘Oku tui ‘a Siaosi ko e tupu ‘eni mei he ‘ikai ngāue lelei ‘i he pule’anga’ ‘a e mekanīsimi ‘o e pule lelei’.

The People’s Party candidate Dr Netatua Prescott pulled out of by-election debate with Democrat’s candidate Siaosi ‘O Vailahi Pōhiva yesterday. They were the only two contesting for the Tongatapu 1 seat made vacant by the death of late prime minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva. The constituency was a stronghold for the Democrats and in the past 32…


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