Vicar warns hemp cultivation proposal disastrous as Chief Secretary says it’s an “amended” cabinet decision

    Kuo me’a e Vika-Seniale ‘a e Katolika’ ‘o ne pehē ‘oku totonu ke vakai ‘a e pule’anga ki he fakakaukau ko ia ‘o pehē ke tō e ‘akau ko e hemi ‘i Tonga’. Ko e kalasi ‘eni ‘o e malisuana’ ka kuo fakapapau’i fakasaienisi ‘oku vaivai ‘aupito pe hono mālohi’. Ka ‘oku hoha’a tu’u pe kakai he ‘oku lolotonga mo’utāmakia ‘a e fonua’ he nunu’a kovi ‘o e faito’o konatapu’. ‘Ikai ko ia pe ka ‘oku ‘i ai e lau tokua ko e fakakaukau' ni ko e ha’u mei he ni’ihi ‘oku lolotonga fakatatali ‘enau keisi tila faito’o konatapu ‘i he fakamaau’anga’. Pehē ‘e Mōseniolo Lutoviko Fīnau 'oku mo'oni 'aupito ‘oku hoha'a 'a e kakai e fonua fekau'aki mo e ‘īsiu ko eni fekau'aki mo e hemi’. 'I he vakai 'a e Vika’ na’a’ ne pehē - 'Oku faingata'a 'ia lahi e kakai , koe'uhi he 'oku lahi hono ngaahi 'uhinga' ka 'oku te'eki ke nau vakai ko e ha e ola tamaki 'e fakatautau ki ai e fonua. Pea 'oku ou tui 'e toe mavahevahe ange 'a e nofo 'a kainga, kae hilioo ai e famili mo e fonua fakalukufua. Na’a’ ne pehē ke toe vakai pe ‘a e pule’anga’ ki he a'usia tamaki 'e kaitamaki ai e kakai e fonua. Taimi tatau kuo fakahā ‘e he Sekelitali Pule ki he Kapineti ki he Kaniva’ ko e tu’utu’uni kapineti kuo mama ki tu’a ki he kakai’ ‘oku fakalea mahino pe ai ko ha fokotu’u poupou na’e liliu “amended” ‘o fakatatali ki ha fale’i fakalao mei he ‘ōfisi ‘o e ‘Āteni Seniale’ kau ki he me’a ni. Na’a’ ne pehē ‘e ia ‘e ‘ikai tali ia ‘e he kapineti, na’a mo e Fale Alea pea pehē ki he Fakatokoni foki.

    Vicar-General Monsignor Lutoviko Fīnau of Roman Catholic church has warned that the government’s dealing  with a proposal to cultivate hemp in Tonga could push the nation to the brink of danger. In Tongan he said: ” [Ke] vakai [e pule’anga’] fakalukufua ki he a’usia tamaki ‘e kaitamaki ai e kakai e fonua.” The family and…


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