Drama over Piukala sacking widens as he defends his stance on TBC staff suspensions

Kuo mahino ‘eni ko e ‘uhinga tefito hono tuku ki tu’a ‘o’ Piveni Piukala mei hono lakanga sea ‘i he ngaahi poate fetu’utaki ‘a e pule’anga’ ko e ‘ikai ke ne fai leva ha tu’utu’uni ke tuku fakataimi ki tu’a ‘a Setita Tu’i’onetoa, Vilisoni Tu’iniua mo Salamo Fulivai kae fakatotolo’i kinautolu ki ha launga fekau’aki mo e pehe ne nau maumau’i ‘a e tu’utu’uni ki he lakanga faiongoongo’ mo ‘enau fakahoko fatongia he TBC. Na’e pehe ‘e Piukala ne ‘ikai ha makatu’unga lelei ke ne fakahoko ai ha tu’utu’uni pehe.

Sacked chair of the Shared Communication Boards Piveni Piukala said the Prime Minister had not provided enough evidence to justify his recommendation to suspend three TBC staff members. The Tongan Broadcasting Commission has cited a letter of termination sent to Piukala in which his refusal to suspend the three officers was given as a reason…

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