Leaked e-mails point to major row with Lord Dalgety over missing fund allegations

Taupotu ki lalo 'i he pēsí ni te ke ma'u ai ha fakamatala ki he ongoongó ni 'i he lea faka-Tongá

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Lord Dalgety of Scotland who was appointed by the king as Election Commissioner, told Tupou he was not in a position to provide the information he demanded. Photo/Ministry of Information and Communications (Tonga)

E-mails leaked to Kaniva News appear to show Tonga’s Election Commissioner, Lord Dalgety, has refused to comply with a demand for information about money allegedly missing from the Electricity Pension Fund Trust.

The documents also appear to show that his lawyer has threatened to sue the Secretary of the Electricity Commission, Paula Tupou.

The investigation into the allegations has drawn in the Ministry of Customs and Revenue and the MBF Bank.

Kaniva News understands that Tupou began investigating the Electricity Pension Fund Trust Board and the Electricity Commission after allegations that money was missing and that there were irregularities in the fund accounts.

It is understood that Lord Dalgety’s lawyer, Fatai Vaihū, demanded Tupou withdraw his allegation by September 29 and threatened to sue him for defamation if failed to do so.

In an e-mail seen by Kaniva News, Tupou wrote: “I will not ‘kindly withdraw my allegations’ as per your letter attached. Your clients have been repeatedly asked by a Co-Trustee (ME) to release the information that would clear their names of natural suspicion. They have not.”

Lord Dalgety, a trustee of the Electricity Pension Fund, told Tupou he was not in a position to provide the information he demanded.

“Respectfully, my Employers are the commission, not any individual Commissioner!”, Lord Dalgety said in an e-mail.

“Given Commissioner Tu’utafaiva’s e-mail to place this whole matter on the Agenda for next Friday’s Commission meeting, that is what will happen. Decisions of the Commission at that meeting will of course be honoured by management,” he said.

An e-mail appears to show that Tupou demanded the king’s law lord and another trustee of the Electricity Commission Fund Meleseini. V. Folau provide information regarding the electricity pension fund from 2012 – 2016.

“In my capacity as your Employer, I am ordering you to provide the above information within 8 hours from 9 a.m. Thursday 21/09/2017,” the e-mail said.

“This information was requested to the accountant Kilisimasi, 9 a.m. Tuesday morning so it is readily available.

“No reasonable Employer in the world can afford to tolerate continual refusal by any of its employees to obey a lawful order,” Tupou’s e-mail read.

It is understood the Ministry of Customs and Revenue’s CEO, Kulufeinga ‘Anisi Bloomfield, wanted to know if there had been any breaches of Pay As You Earn deductions from funds contributed by the employees to the pensioners funds

In an e-mail sent to MBF Bank and copied to others, including Lord Dalgety, Bloomfield said: “I am seriously concerned to observe that there are serious issues to address on this matter. This is a straight forward illegal practises if these allegations are facts.”

“To justify the legality of these allegation I demand a meeting with the General Manager of the MBF immediately. I will communicate directly to your Office tomorrow, please prepare all Bank Transaction including any other documents related to this matter.

“[Head of Departments] please keep alert for this issues, and be prepared as I may call all senior Officers to attend to this matter.”

Kaniva News understands that Tupou wrote to MBF bank general manager H.K. Yeoh asking him to provide all transactions regarding the Electricity Pension Fund Trust since 2007.

It is understood that Yeoh replied that while he accepted the request, he needed two trustees who set up the fund account to sign before he would release the information.

The main points

  • E-mails leaked to Kaniva News appear to show Tonga’s Election Commissioner, Lord Dalgety, has refused to comply with a demand for information about money allegedly missing from the Electricity Pension Fund Trust.
  • The documents also appear to show that his lawyer has threatened to sue the Secretary of the Election Commission, Paula Tupou.
  • The investigation into the allegations has drawn in the Ministry of Customs and Revenue and the MBF Bank.
  • Kaniva News understands that Tupou began investigating the Electricity Pension Fund Trust Board and the Electricity Commission after allegations that money was missing and that there were irregularities in the fund accounts.

1 COMMENT

  1. ‘Oku hā mei ha ngaahi īmeili kuo mama mai ki he Kanivá ‘a e fakafisi ‘a e Komisiona Faifili ‘a Tongá Looti Dalgety ke talangofua ki hano fiema’u atu ‘o ha fakamatala fekau’aki mo e pa’anga ‘oku tukuaki’i kuo mole mei he Pa’anga Penisoni Talāsiti ‘a e ‘Uhilá.

    Ko e ‘ū fakamatala ko ‘eni kuo ‘omi kuo hā ai ‘a e fakamanamana ‘a e loea ‘a Looti Dalgety ‘o pehē te ne faka’ilo ‘a e Sekelitali ‘a e Komisoni ‘Uhilá, Paula Tupou.

    Ko e fakatotolo ko ‘eni ki he ngaahi hu’uhu’u ko ‘ení kuo a’u ki he tu’unga kuo fusi atu ki ai ‘a e Potungāue Kasitomú mo e Leveniú pehē ki he pangikē MBF.

    Mahino foki ki he Ongoongo ‘a e Kanivá na’e kamata hono fakatotolo’i ‘e Tupou ‘a e Pa’anga Talāsiti Penisoni ‘a e ‘Uhilá mo e Komisoni ‘Uhilá hili ia e ngaahi fakamatala tokua na’e mole ha pa’anga pea na’e ‘i ai ‘a e fetōkehekehe’aki ‘i he ngaahi ‘akauni ne fakahū ai e pa’angá.

    Mahino foki ki he Ongoongo ‘a e Kanivá na’e fie ma’u atu ‘e he loea ‘a Looti Dalgety, Fatai Vaihū ke fakafoki ‘e Tupou ‘ene ngaahi fakamatala fakamahalo kotoa kuo tuku maí ki mu’a ‘i he ‘aho 29 ‘o Sepitema ní ka ‘ikai ‘e faka’ilo ia ki he lau’ikovi.

    Ka ‘i he ‘īmeili na’e sio ai ‘a e Kanivá ne tohi atu ‘a Tupou ‘o ne fakahā ange he’ikai ke ne fakafoki ‘e ia ‘ene fakamatalá.

    Na’e fakahā ‘e Tupou kia Vaihū kuo tā tu’olahi ‘ene feinga atu ki he’ene kalaiení ke ‘omai ‘a e fakamatala ‘oku fie maú he ‘e malava ke faka’atā ai kinaua mei he tukuaki’i ‘oku faí ka e ‘ikai pē.

    Na’e fakahā foki ‘e Looti Dalgety kia Tupou ‘oku ‘ikai hano lakanga ke ne ‘eke mai ha fakamatala ki ai ngata pe ‘i he taha ‘okú ne ngāue ki aí ‘a ia ko e Komisoní.

    Fakatatau ki he ngaahi fe’īmeili’aki ko ‘ení na’e fiema’u atu ‘e Tupou ki he ongo talāsiti ko ‘eni ‘i he pa’anga pension ‘a e ‘uhila ‘a ia ko Looti Dalgety mo Meleseini. V. Folau ke na tuku ange mai ‘a e ngaahi fakamatala lekooti fakapa’anga kotoa mei he 2012 ki he 2016.

    Na’e taukave’i ‘e Tupou ‘oku ‘i ai hono fatongia ko e Sekelitali mo e Komisiona ia ‘i he Pa’anga Penisoni ‘a e ‘Uhila ke ne tu’utu’uni atu kia Dalgety mo Folau ke na ‘omai ‘a e fakamatala ‘oku fiema’u.

    Mahino foki ‘i he ngaahi fe’imeili’aki ni kuo ‘ave mo e tohi ‘a Tupou ki he Pangikē MBF ke nau ‘omai ‘a e lēkooti fakahū pa’anga kotoa pe talu mei he 2012 ki he 2017.

    ‘Oku toe hoha’a foki ki heni ‘a e CEO ‘o e Potungāue Tute mo e Leveniu, Kulu ‘Anisi Bloomfield ‘o ne tu’utu’uni atu ke uki ha fakataha mo e pangikeé pehē ki he kau komisioná ke fai ha sio ki he me’á ni.

    ‘Oku hoha’a lahi ‘a Bloomfield ki heni he ‘oku ‘i ai e lau tokua ne maumau’i ‘a e founga ki hono to’o ‘o fakahū e ngaahi PAYE ‘a ia ko ha tukuhau ‘eni ‘oku to’o hangatonu ‘e he pule’anga mei he ngaahi vāhenga ‘o e kau ngāue ‘oku fakahū ‘enau pa’anga penisoni ki he talāsiti ko ‘eni ‘a e ‘uhilá.

    Kuo tali ‘e he pule lahi ‘o e pangikeé ke tuku mai ‘a e fakamatala ‘oku fiema’u atu ‘e Tupou ka ‘oku ne fiema’u ke fakamo’oni ha toko ua meia kinautolu ne nau fuofua fokotu’u e ngaahi me’a fakapa’anga ‘a e ‘uhila ‘i he pangikee mei he kamata’anga.