Re: PM and six ministers dodging impeachment, October 30
This kind of behaviour by the Prime Minister and his Cabinet members is no laughing matter any more, they are pussyfooting around with the most dangerous situation our nation ever experienced in the last 100 or so years. Impeachable acts committed by any Government are a serious matter and should be handled in Parliament as such.
Clear breach of Parliamentary working procedures by this kind of disruptive behaviour should not be condoned in anyway by the Chair of Parliament. In the current Financial Year the outcome of Auditor’s Report clearly pointed to an amount of $74m dollars with no invoices and receipts or worse not properly accounted for. Stupid explanations such as “exchange rate” started to pop up from Ministers, and every means employed by the Government under the sun to brush off the seriousness of this mismanagement of our public finances.
This Petition was tabled some months back, and parliamentary direction of the procedures for the Petition was clear. When the Auditor General is about to hand in his report, as Parliament has directed the Government disrupts Parliament with their report, without waiting for the Auditor’s Report of what they were accused of. Their report was handled properly by the Privilege Committee like any other report, yet the disruptive behaviour continued, led by the Prime Minister himself.
Please allow me to think loudly on the serious issue that our little country faces at the moment. It is so obvious that these people want to delay this serious issue for 2019 parliamentary session, and that is five months away. What happens then, they continue on in their merry ways of impeachable behaviour and mismanagement until then, as if they are untouchable by the law and constitution of our country.
The seriousness of this Government behaviour to the wellbeing of our country calls for the Chair of the Parliament to ask His Majesty to postpone the closing of Parliament until any matter related to the Petition is completed. Nothing less.
Tu’a ofa atu.
Inoke Fotu Huakau