Tonga’s ousted Finance Minister Lisiate ‘Akolo told journalists today that he will not resign and he believes that he is still the Minister of Finance.
Tonga’s Cabinet this afternoon supported the Prime Minister’s call for the resignation of the Minister of Finance, Hon. Lisiate ‘Akolo - who is refusing to stand down, after commenting on radio recently about a 5% salary rise for civil servants.
The Australian Government has given the Tongan Government a generous $8.7 million pa’anga boost to support salaries and service delivery in the health and education sectors.
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
Tonga’s Minister of Finance, Hon. Lisiate ‘Akolo presented a tight national budget of $332.2 million to the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano on Friday morning, June 8, at the Cabinet Room, and gave the public an opportunity to see an overview before it is tabled into parliament this week.
The government budget of $317 million for the 2012-13 financial year should be ready to be presented to the parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and Public Accounts, early this week, before it goes to Cabinet on Friday, May 25, the Minister of Finance Hon. Lisiate ‘Akolo said at a press conference on Friday, May 18.
The recent reshuffling of Ministerial portfolios, another attempt by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano to create a more cohesive governing body, has instead splintered his new Cabinet, even before it is officially put into place.
LOOKING at the future directions of Policing in Tonga is the theme of a Tonga Police, Prisons and Fire Services 42nd Commissioned Officers Annual Conference held from October 11-13, at the Tonga Police Headquarter at Longolongo.
A contract for the renovation of the Ha’apai Police station worth around $500,000 pa’anga was signed today by the Minister of Police, Hon Lisiate ‘Akolo and the Managing Director of Willow Cove Industries Ltd Sione Tukuafu at the Police Headquarter, Longolongo.