A Nuku’alofa Magistrate has ruled there was no case to answer in accusations made against Tonga’s Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano, the Minister of Justice Hon Clive Edwards, and a Tongan company Tongasat, headed by HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita, who appeared before the court last week.
Four local companies who were suing their insurance company for cover over damage to their properties in the riots of 16 November 2006, ended their case today on the basis that no party paid costs. The plaintiffs were disappointed to pull out as the evidence in court about the riots favoured the defence position that the riots resulted from “a popular rising, people connected with an organisation the objects of which included influencing the government by violent means and terrorism.”
During ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s first two days of giving evidence, in an insurance case heard in the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court this week, he was questioned closely about the ingredients for violent demonstration that were evident on November 16, 2006, when the central business district was destroyed by rioters. He told the court he had no connection to the rioters.
‘Akilisi Pohiva’s talk of laying criminal charges against the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano for allegedly misappropriating millions of government funds, caused a stir in Tonga’s parliament this morning. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
I’ve got no personal axe to grind with PTOA leader ‘Akilisi Pohiva but I think he has forgotten, to the detriment of his party and to himself, that politics is the art of being practical. Although he is paying dearly for this oversight, the rest of the country are also footing the bill for the absence of any effective opposition in the House - and denying us the fruits of an effective democracy. - Sefita Hao’uli.
After the Tongan Parliament rejected a motion for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister and his Cabinet on Monday, the House opened yesterday, bubbling with emotions high and low, as members could not wait to let their feelings be heard. From the House by Pesi Fonua
When members of parliament presented their reports of how they had spent their allocations of $117,647 each on their national tours, they became embroiled in debate over the report of ‘Akilisi Pohiva, whose report called for the termination of the Lord title with noble privileges that was created by the late King George Tupou V. From the House by Pesi Fonua
Tonga’s Minister of Education in parliament is calling for ‘Akilisi Pohiva to apologise to the New Zealand Government, to herself and to the Tongan people for making misleading and unfounded allegations about the donor funding received by the Ministry of Education. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
People’s Representative ‘Akilisi Pohiva who is accused of swearing in the House on Wednesday, September 26, is now facing a possible suspension from parliament. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Tonga’s Attorney General, Neil Adsett, said that a Parliamentary Select Committee that investigated the use of a multi million loan from China for the restructuring of Nuku’alofa had done a good job, but its report had no real finding of any person taking money they should not have had, or using money for themselves or against the interest of Tonga. But the Attorney General’s freely expressed opinion has upset the Select Committee’s chairman, ‘Akilisi Pohiva.