Companies with strong government, family, connections awarded road building contracts

Prime Minister  Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa has confirmed that three companies with strong links to the government have been awarded contracts to supply rocks for the government’s new multimillion roading project.

Companies with strong government, family, connections awarded road building contracts. (L-R) Saia Moehau, Lord Nuku and ‘Etuate Lavulavu

The contractors are Island Dredging Limited, City Engineering and Construction Limited and Inter-Pacific Limited.

In April the Prime Minister said claims that a contract had been awarded to City Engineering and Constructions were “false and misleading.”

The Minister of Police, Lord Nuku, used to be a Director for Island Dredging but his name was taken off the director’s list on July 31 last year.

Lord Nuku’s son Faka’osifono Valevale is the current Director of Island Dredging.

Tongan People’s Party Deputy Chairman Etuate Lavulavu was made a Director of Inter-Pacific Limited in February 2016 but was later replaced  by ‘Inoke Finau Vala in May this year.

‘Etuate Lavulavu is also the husband of the Minister of Infrastructure and Tourism. Saia Moehau is the sole Director of City Engineering and Construction Ltd and he is a strong supporter of the People’s Party.

The Island Dredging Ltd will supply rocks for Tongatapu 10, Tt9, Tt2, Tt4 and Tt3. City Engineering will supply rocks for Tongatapu 6, Tt7, Tt5, Tt8, and Tt1. Inter-Pacific Ltd will supply rocks for Vava’u 16, VV15, and VV14.

The names of the three contractors were revealed on social media in June. Democrat MPs accused the Prime Minister and his Government in Parliament of nepotism and conflict of interest in regards to the road project.

Opposition MPs claimed that other contractors involved in the bid for the contract were cheaper than the government’s favoured contractors.

Kaniva News reported in April this year that the government claimed it could  not afford to pay the market price of between TP$190 and TP$220 for the rocks and so had lawfully cancelled the procurement process.

The Prime Minister said at the time it was following due process for the procurement contract.

Hon. Tu’i’onetoa then said the government had set the price at TP$70 for each truck load.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Koe sipinga fakatonga ia kuo taimi ke tuku $70 kou tui Kapau koe kau palangi ‘eni he ‘ikai toe holo kihe $70 he ‘ikai pe mo’ui ha pisinisi ha’a Tonga ‘ihe sipinga ko’eni . Koe me’a ke manatu’i ‘ehe PM neongo Koe pehe koe fakapotopoto’i e ki’i seniti ka koe fa’ahinga ngaue koe’eni kihe tanu hala ‘oku toe tu’uaki ki tu’a kihe kau sub contractors pea ‘oku fiema’u e ngaue ke quality pea ‘ihe taimi tatau ‘oku nau fakahoko e ngaue pea mo maintenance ‘enau me’angaue foki , pea
    mo lelei e vahe ‘enau kau ngaue . Kou toi koe fo’i toki tolu ko’eni nenau ‘ohofi e fo’i ngaue ni kihe $70 kuo
    nau toki fakatokanga’i hake he ‘ikai melie ha topai he $70 kaikehe koe ‘atunga pe ia e masiva ‘ae Tonga kuo nau sio kihe pa’anga pea koe toki fo’I ‘oho ‘eni ‘oku fehalaaki

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here