PM accuses Kaniva News of spin, but does not deny gov’t relationship with contractors

    Ko e fo’i lea ko e conflict of interest oku’ikai ha lea fakaTonga patonu ki ai. Pea ‘oku lahi hono faka’uhinga’i kehekehe. Ka ‘i Nu’u Sila ni mo e ngaahi fonua ‘oku taki mu’a he fakalakalaka ‘o e ako’ mo e tau’ataina fakapolitikale ‘a e kakai’, ‘oku ‘uhinga ‘eni ki ha kumi faingamalie kuo fakahoko ka kuo ngāue’aki ai ‘e taha ia hano tu’unga pe lakanga ke ne ma’u 'e ia e faingamalie pe tu’utu’uni ko ia' koe’uhi ko e mafai ‘oku’ ne ma’u’. ‘O tatau pe pe na’e kaunga hangatonu ki he kautaha ko ia’ pe ko ha’ane kaunga ne ‘ikai fakahangatonu’. Kuo fa’u 'e Nu'u Sila mo e ngaahi fonua lahi ‘a e lao mo e tu’utu’uni ‘o mātu’aki tapui pe ke foaki ha faingamalie ia ma’a ha kakai ‘oku matamata te nau maumau’i ‘a e conflict of interest ‘i ha kumi faingamalie ngāue. ‘Oku a’u ki he ngaahi tu’uaki ‘oku ‘omi ‘e he pule’anga Nu’u Sila ke lele he Kaniva’ ‘oku mu’aki ‘eke ia ke fakapapau’i ‘oku ‘ikai ha conflict of interest. Ka ‘ilo ‘oku ‘i ai ha conflict of interest ko ‘ene mole ia ‘a e tu’uaki. ‘Oku ‘ikai ko ha me’a ia ‘oku to’o ma’ama’a ‘i Nu’u Sila ni tautatefito ki he taimi ‘oku kumi ai ha kau ngaue pe kautaha ke nau fai ha ngaue ma’a e pule’anga’ pe kautaha taautaha (procurement), ‘o hangē ko e fa’ahinga faka’uhinga ‘oku ‘omi mei Tonga’. ‘Oku fonu ‘i he lekooti ‘o e fonua’ ni ‘a e ni’ihi ko e kau minisitā, kau ‘akauniteni, kau loea hono tautea’i koe’uhi ko ‘enau maumau’i e ma’u monū ‘i ha fa’ahinga ngāue tu’unga he me’a ko eni ko e conflict of interest. Pea ‘oku ‘ikai ko Nu’u Sila ni pe. Ko e fakatātā mahino taha’ ko e fakafisi ‘a e palēmia ‘o Tunisia he māhina Siulai tu’unga hono ‘ilo ta ne ma’u ‘inasi ia ‘i ha kautaha ne nau ma’u ha konituleki ‘a e pule’anga fe'unga hono mahu’inga mo e tola Nu’u Sila’ 'e $20 miliona tupu. Ko e fonua ‘Afilika ‘eni pea kei lahi e ngaahi me’a ‘oku te’eki ke nau a’usia ‘i he maama ‘o e sivilaise ‘a ē kuo a’usia ia ‘e Tonga’. Ka ‘oku ‘asi mai ‘oku fu’u mā’olunga ange ‘enau ‘ilo ‘a kinautolu ki he me’a ko e conflict of interest. ‘Oku loto mamahi ‘a e Palemia Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa he ongoongo ‘a e Kaniva’ hono fakahā ‘oku ‘i ai e fetu’utaki fakatoto famili pe fehokotaki ‘a e ni’ihi he kau ma’u konituleki ko ‘eni ki he’ene tanuhala laui miliona mo ha ni’ihi he loto’i pule’anga’ pe ko e Paati ‘a e Palemia oku ui ko e Paati ‘a e Kakai’. Kuo ne pehe ko e me’a maumau taimi ia. Ko e lipooti ‘a e Kaniva ko hono ‘oatu pe me’a ne ‘osi lea ‘aki ‘e he kau fakafofonga ‘o e kakai mo e kakai ‘o pehe kuo ‘i ai ‘a e conflict of interest. Na’e ‘ikai ko ha lau ia ‘a e Kaniva’. Ka kuo feinga e ‘Ofisi ‘o e Palemia ia he’ene press release ‘aneafi ‘o tāketi’i pe ongoongo ‘a e Kaniva’ ke mio’i ene fakamatala ke hangē ne mau ‘ave ki he kakai ha ongoongo taki hala mo ta’ekakato’. ‘Osi ko ia ‘ikai ke nau lava tuhu’i mai ko fe ha’amau ongoongo ne ta’ekakato mo takihala. Ko e Kaniva’ ‘oku peisi ia ‘i Nu’u Sila ko e fonua ia ‘oku kehe sio ia ‘ene kau faiongoongo’ ki he me’a ko e conflict of interest hono me’angāue’aki ‘e ha kau ma’u mafai ke nau ma’u faingamalie ai ‘o mole ai e fakakaukau ‘o e tufa mo vahevahe taau ‘a e faingamālie’. ‘Oku lahi e me’a mahuinga fau ange ia ke tokanga ki ai ‘Ofisi ‘o e Palēmia he keisi ko ‘eni ke fakama’ala’ala ka e lava kei falala'ia 'e he kakai kakai totongi tukuhau’ ha’anau toe fakamatala ‘oku fai mai. ‘I ‘Epeleli ne fakahalaki mai ‘e he Palēmia mo hono ‘ofisi ‘oku loi pea takihala ‘a e pehe kuo kau ‘a e City Engineering and Construction Ltd ‘i he ma’u konituleki ki he tanuhala. Māhina pe ‘eni ‘e 4 nai mei ai kuo me’a mai e palēmia ‘o tala mai kuo kau e City Engineering and Construction Ltd he ma’u konituleki ki he tanuhala’. ‘I he vakai ‘a e Kaniva’ kuo loto e tokolahi ‘o e fonua’ ia ke fai ‘a e tanuhala pea 'oku poupoua. Ka ko e founga mo e kakai ‘oku ‘i ai ‘enau felāve’i tonu mo e ngaahi kautaha ko ‘eni kuo fili’ ‘oku ‘i ai honau lekooti ‘i he fakamaau’anga' te ne ala fakatonua ke hoha’a ‘a e kakai’. Ko e fakamatala fakaTonga nounou pe ‘eni ke tokoni atu ki he kau laukonga fakaTonga’ ka mou toki laulau atu he ongoongo he lea ‘Ingilisi’. Toki hoko atu.


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