The planes Samiu wants to bring in, the Chinese made MA60, does not have the best reputation. They have been refused a certificate by the American Federal Aviation Department and have been involved in several accidents, one killing all the passengers on board. – Sione Taufa.
Just wondering who is negotiating Tonga’s fuel price? Are the prices reasonable? I think the public would like to know what the other islands in the region are paying for their petrol (fuel). - Sione Lousiale Kava
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.
The ten members of parliament who are calling for the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano, to be removed signed their motion stating, “our hearts are wounded with love … for the Prime Minister and his Cabinet”. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
$2 million pa’anga of taxpayers money was divided equally among 17 People’s Representatives this week, to spend on their annual national tour of constituencies - a $300,000 increase from the $1.7 million they took in the previous budget. The Minister of Finance Lisiate ‘Akolo argued for the increased amount of $300,000 to be divided between himself and ‘Uliti Uata, but the PRs also wanted a “fair share”. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
The letter submitted to Parliament by the Democratic Party asking for a ‘vote of no confidence’ in the performance of the PM contains the following points: 1. That the PM reshuffled his ministers once, twice or thrice; 2. That he was not chosen by the people; and 3. That he was unreliable. What? Is that it? - Senolita Swan
Just when Tongans around the world are comfortable with Prime Minister Tu’ivakano’s new democratically elected government, the opposition dropped this bomb in Parliament House with the filing of a no confidence vote, on the first democratically elected Prime Minister in the history of Tonga. - MT Tuaileva,
Lord Sevele, who was Tonga’s Prime Minister for five years, from February 2006 to December 2011, during the planning and the implementation of the Political Reform Program, has described HM the late King George Tupou V as “a visionary leader and a man of substance,” who further democratized Tonga’s Constitutional Monarchy system of government by surrendering to parliament some of his executive power. Interview by Pesi Fonua.
‘Oku ou faka’amu pe keke mea’i Katalin, kuo hanga ‘ehe ngaahi fonua, kau ai ‘a e EU ‘o fakafaingofua’i ‘etau fengaue’aki ‘aki hano fokotu’u ‘o ha ngaahi ‘ofisi ‘o kau ai ‘a e ‘Ofisi Fakafeitu’u ‘i Suva, Fisi. ‘Oku ‘I ai hotau ‘ofisi fakafeitu’u ‘i Geneva kene fakahoko fatongia ki he WTO. - Dr Fotu K.V. Fisiiahi.