Royal and nobility members among people with TOP$11 m irrecoverable debts; former minister denies claims write-off made to cancel PTOA ministers’ business debts

    Ko e ngaahi mo'ua tukuhau ne ‘i he $11 miliona’ 'oku tukuaki'i ne feinga e pule'anga 'o 'Akilisi ke tamate'i ne kau ai 'a e kau mēmipa 'o e fale 'o e tu'i', kau nōpele' mo e kau taki mā'olunga he pule'anga' mo e ngaahi pisinisi kehe. Pea 'oku fakafuofua ki he toko 200 tupu ‘a e kakai ko eni’. Ne fakahā ‘e he Minisita Tānaki Pa’anga Fakalotofonua ki mu’a Māteni Tapueluelu na’e fai ‘a e fokotu’u ko ‘eni makatu’unga ‘i ha fale’i mei he’ene kau ngāue ‘o pehē ko e angamaheni ia ko ‘ene‘osi pe ha ta’u ‘e nima ‘o ha ngaahi mo’ua tukuhau kuo ‘ikai lava totongi pea ‘e pau ke tamate’i fakalao ia. Pehē ‘e Tapueluelu ne nau ‘osi kumi fale’i fakalao pe ki he me’a ni ki mu’a pea fai ‘a e tu’utu’uni’ ni. Ne hoha'a 'a Tapueluelu foki ki he lipooti 'a e mitia fakalotofonua mo e fakasosiale 'o pehe ko e taumu'a e fokotu'u tamate'i ko 'eni' koeuhi ko ha pisinisi 'a ha ongo minisitā pe memipa PTOA ka ne 'ikai. Neongo ia ne toe iku kaniseli pe 'e he pule'anga 'o 'Akilisi Pōhiva 'a 'ene tu'utu'uni kapineti ke tamate'i 'a e mo'ua' ni fakatatau ki he fakamatala ne toki tukuange mai 'e he pule'anga 'o Tu'i'onetoa he māhina kuo 'osi'. 'A ia ne paasi 'a e tu'utu'uni 'i Siulai 'aho 12 pea 'i he 'aho 17 pe 'o Siulai ne toe kaniseli 'e he kapineti 'a e tu'utu'uni ko ia'. 'I hono 'ai mahino' ne 'ikai tamate'i 'a e ngaahi mo'ua' ni ia. Ne pehe 'e Pōhiva Tu'i'onetoa 'i he'ene faka'uhinga' ne 'ikai kakato 'a e ngaahi fiema'u ke fakakakato fakalao pea toki fokotu'u ange ki he kapineti ke tamate'i 'a e ngaahi mo'ua ni.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: We have updated this story to correct what we have earlier on said that the Tu’i’onetoa government has revoked the decision by the ‘Akilisi Pohiva government to write off unpaid tax debts. In fact, it was the ‘Akilisi government which also made the revocation, according to a statement released by the Tu’i’onetoa government…


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