Results for Clive Edwards
An attempt by the former Minister of Finance Lisiate ‘Akolo to make a direct in-put into the 2014-2015 National Budget with nine Motion Resolutions that he tabled into the Tongan parliament on 24 March was deflected by the Minister of Justice, Hon. Clive Edwards. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
An appeal by a Tongatapu People’s Representative, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, against a ruling by a Nuku’alofa Magistrate to dismiss a case he brought against the Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano and three others will be heard on November 27, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
A letter writer to the Kele’a and the newspaper, along with its publisher and editor, were ordered to pay a total of $249,442 in damages and costs in a civil defamation case that was brought by the Tongan Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano and six Cabinet Ministers, including the Minister of Justice Hon. Clive Edwards.
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.”
The Minister of Justice, Hon Clive Edwards told the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on Friday, November 9, that three businesses, associated with the Prime Minister, the monarchy and their business partners were targeted in violence in central Nuku’alofa on 16 November 2006.
‘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.
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
A motion by the Minister of Justice, Hon. Clive Edwards, for a Parliamentary Select Committee to find out why protesters burnt Nuku’alofa on 16 November 2006, was withdrawn by order of the Acting Speaker yesterday, after ‘Akilisi Pohiva pleaded with the Prime Minister to ask the Acting Speaker to have it withdrawn. From the House by Pesi Fonua
Since Monday, September 10, the Tongan Parliament has been trying to decide what to do with a new motion by the Minister of Justice, Hon. Clive Edwards for a parliamentary select committee to go and find out why protesters burned the Nuku’alofa Central Business District on 16 November 2006. Clive’s new motion riled up emotional and aggressive comments from members of the House who reminded him that there were court cases and they had got off, but if he wanted to go back to the past they might get caught this time. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
The Noble Tu’ipelehake today refused to attend the closure of the Tonga Legislative Assembly, and sat outside in protest against the People’s Representatives who, he said, “have used terrorism as a political tool.”
Addressing a stunned nation at about 6:30 pm on Thursday November 16 after the supporters of a rally organised by Pro-Democracy People’s Representatives’ and the Pangai Si’i Committee had sacked central Nuku’alofa, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, ‘Uliti Uata, Lepolo Taunisila, Clive Edwards and ‘Isileli Pulu went live on Radio Tonga to make their victory speeches to the nation. By Pesi Fonua.
The eight members of parliament who forced the Tongan Legislature to close this week changed their minds yesterday afternoon, and now, in an abrupt turnaround, they want the House to reopen, fearing that they have given the government a free-rein on the new Budget. Withdrawal is not going to be easy or cheap for the plaintiffs who, after claiming that the opening of Parliament on June 1 was illegal, have applied to the Supreme Court for their Civil Case, to be “discontinued”.
Tonga’s Public Service Association who is demanding that a new interim government take over Tonga, or else they will strike, has delayed their national march until June 1.
When Professor Futa Helu withdrew his support from ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Dr Feleti Sevele, and endorsed Clive Edwards as the Number One candidate for Tongatapu in the recent March parliamentary election, he initiated a split in Tonga’s Pro-democracy Movement. Tonga now has two Demo camps, the Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement and the People’s Democratic Party, which have begun to be critical of each other. - Editor’s Comment
As the latest Tongan Government political reform initiative begins to unfold, following the appointment of Cabinet ministers from elected members of Parliament on March 21, we are witnessing a number of interesting political happenings. At the same the Temo’s position as an opposition to government has been weakened - they have lost their fighting edge with their acceptance of the government proposal for a piece-meal political reform program. Editor’s Comment
Reading through Mr. Edwards reply to my assessment of his character, I am saddened to realize he has missed the main point of my argument. So now I…m going to go into more detail about what I think of the former Police Minister. He is, in the fewest number of words, an elitist. He isn’t the only one, but he definitely fit in with the circle of friends he once had.
When I became Minister, Kalafi Moala’s little newspaper attacked me weekly for a period of nine years. These attacks have come in the form of nasty, personal letters to the Editor and articles which were all prepared by Kalafi Moala and his staff. …His obsession for personal revenge is making him a fanatical campaigner. - Clive Edwards.
Immigration matters are handled by the Immigration officers who are delegated the authority to administer the Immigration Act and to handle all applications for visas. The only time an immigration case is referred to me, as a Minister, arise if there is an appeal against the immigration decision or if there is a special written or verbal direction required from the Minister. - Clive Edwards
Kingdom Air Services Limited was a company formed by five local business men (including two former Royal Tongan pilots now both working overseas and myself) in conjunction with a significant offshore investor, to apply for a domestic air services license following the collapse of Royal Tongan Airlines in March 2004. The local shareholders were to hold only a minority interest (25% between them) in the company. -Steve Edwards