Minister says Lord Dalgety should not stay in other posts after leaving Commission

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Lord Dalgety of Sikotilani Tonga. Photo/Tonga Parliament

Lord Dalgety should resign from all his responsibilities, Tongan Justice Minister Vuna Fa’otusia said today.

As Kaniva News reported recently, Lord Dalgety has  tendered his resignation to Electricity Commission Chair,  Rev. ‘Alifeleti ‘Atiola, citing his age and health conditions.

Hon. Fa’otusia was responding to questions from Kaniva News about Lord Dalgety’s roles with Privy Council and Election commission.

The Minister said  if Lord Dalgety was resigning from the Electricity Commission  because of his age and health, then he should step down from his other positions as well.

“I do not see any reason why he is to continue with his other responsibilities,” the Minister said.

“His health is not limited to his responsibilities as CEO of the Electricity Commission.

“It would be laughable indeed if he is to continue as if his age and health do not have anything to do with those other responsibilities.”

Lord Dalgety has been at the centre of a probe into claims that money is missing from the Electricity Commission’s pension funds.

Commissioner Paula Tupou, who has been  leading the investigation, has been appointed as acting CEO of the organisation until December 2017.

Tupou said one of the reasons why the commission took this step was because of “the realisation of the urgency required to recover from the Dalgety disaster.”

As we reported in September, leaked e-mails showed Lord Dalgety had refused to comply with  demands for information about money allegedly missing from the Electricity Pension Fund Trust.

Lord Dalgety 

Ramsay Robertson Dalgety was appointed to the Tongan privy Council by King George Tupou V in 2008 and elevated to the title of Lord Dalgety of Sikotilani Tonga.

Earlier that year he was arrested after giving evidence during the commission of enquiry into the sinking of the ferry MV Princess Ashika.

In 2012 Mr Justice Cato in the Supreme Court discharged a charge of perjury against Lord Dalgety that had been brought as the result of the evidence he gave.

The main points

  • Lord Dalgety should resign from all his responsibilities, Tongan Justice Minister Vuna Fa’otusia said today.
  • As Kaniva News reported recently, Lord Dalgety has tendered his resignation to Electricity Commission Chair,  ‘Alifeleti ‘Atiola, citing his age and health conditions.
  • Fa’otusi was responding to questions from Kaniva News about Lord Dalgety’s roles with Privy Council and Election commission.
  • The Minister said if Lord Dalgety was resigning from the Electricity Commission  because of his age and health, then he should step down from his other positions as well.

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