Man threatens to “disturb” PM Pohiva over Games decision allegedly injured in altercation

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Kolio Tapueluelu (standing) tells the Prime Minister he is coming to Tonga to "disturb" him until he reverts his decision over the Games. Photo/Toutai ʻUlupano (Facebook)

The man who told Prime Minister ʻAkilisi Pohiva on Monday he would continue to “fakahohaʻasi” (disturb) him until he would revert his decision to withdraw Tonga from hosting the Games was allegedly injured in Nukuʻalofa today.

Kelekolio Tapueluelu told the Prime Minister he did not care if his plan would cost him his life.

In response Hon. Pohiva said he can go ahead and do what he wanted.

Tapueluelu was reportedly injured during an altercation with another man Onitulei Manu.

A Vaiola Hospital spokesperson said there was no record that Tapueluelu was treated at the hospital.

A reliable source said Tapueluelu was at the One Way road today in Nukuʻalofa with people who supported the push to bring back the Pacific Games to Tonga when the incident happened.

Tapueluelu was seen attending a meeting with Lord Sevele in Auckland last month where Sevele, the chair of the Pacific Games Organising Committee, met with Tongan sports representatives in New Zealand after Hon. Pohiva announced he has cancelled hosting the Games.

Tapueluelu, an ex-cop in Tonga before he relocated with his family to New Zealand was employed by Lord Sevele in his Molisi Tonga Ltd.

He is understood to be a great supporter of Lord Sevele in politics.

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