Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. File Photo

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva said today the king had ordered that the petitions against his government should be investigated by an office that did not exist.

Hon. Pōhiva said  the king had ordered the petition should be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, but that the office did not exit.

“The Bill to amend the Constitution so that the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions can be established is one of those six Bills that I had submitted to the Legislative Assembly to be treated as urgent,” the Prime Minister said.

“It is unfortunate that its passage has been held up due to differences in interpretation of the Rules of Procedure of the Legislative Assembly.”

The Prime Minister said the king’ decision because it implied the petitioner’s call for Parliament to be dissolved had not been approved.

It also implied that approval had not  been given to calls for the establishment of a commission of inquiry and an interim government to organise new elections.

“I totally support His Majesty in Council’s decision to instead to refer the petitions to the Ombudsman, the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Police for investigation.

“In my public response to the petitions that was issued on February 22 I acknowledged the Petitioner’s constitutional right to petition His Majesty,” the Prime Minister said.

 “However, I called on them to first submit their allegations to the offices of the Ombudsman, the Attorney General and the Police to first investigate.

“I also suggested that they should also submit their allegations of misuse of public finances and resources to the office of the Auditor General.”

Hon. Pōhiva said he would make a submission to Cabinet as soon as possible regarding the king’s directive that the government pay for the Anti- Corruption Commission.

As Kaniva Tonga news reported earlier,  three petitions with more than 10,000 signatures were presented to the palace in Nuku’alofa.

Former government minister Clive Edwards, who presented a petition signed by former politicians, said he believed that once a Royal Commission for Investigation was appointed, a caretaker government should be put in place.

The main points

  • Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva said today the king had ordered that the petitions against his government should be investigated by an office that did not exist.
  • Hon. Pohiva said  the king had ordered the petition should be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, but that the office did not exit.

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  1. Na’e tali fiemalie he ‘aho ni ‘e he ‘Eiki Palemia, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘a e tu’utu’uni ‘a ‘Ene ‘Afio ‘i he Fakataha Tokoni fekau’aki mo e ngaahi Tohi Tangi na’e fakahu atu ‘i Fepueli ‘o tautapa ki he ‘Ene Afio ke: toe veteki e Fale Alea ‘o Tonga; fokotu’u ha komisoni tau’ataina ke fakatotolo’i e ngaahi tukuaki’i maumau lao mo faihala ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia mo ‘ene kau Minisita mo e ni’ihi ‘oku nau fekau’aki; ke vakai’i ke fokotu’u ha Pule’anga fakataimi pea tau’ataina ke ne fakahoko ha fili Fale Alea fo’ou mo poupou ki he ngaue ‘a e komisoni tau’ataina.

    Na’e me’a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o pehe, “’Oku ou tali fiemalie ‘a e tu’utu’uni ‘a ‘Ene ‘Afio ‘i he Fakataha Tokoni he ‘oku ala faka’uhinga’i na’e ‘ikai ke tali ‘a e tautapa ‘a e kau fa’u Tohi Tangi ke toe veteki e Fale Alea pea ke fokotu’u ha komisoni fakatotolo pea mo ha pule’anga fakataimi ke ne fakahoko ha fili Fale Alea fo’ou”.

    “’Oku ou poupou kakato ki he tu’utu’uni ‘a ‘Ene ‘Afio ‘i he Fakataha Tokoni ke tuku atu e ngaahi Tohi Tangi ni ki he: ‘Omipatimeni ke fakakaukau aofangatuku fekau’aki mo ha ngaue ‘oku ‘ikai hoa mo e fakapule’i ngaue lelei pea lipooti ki he ‘Ene ‘Afio; ‘Ateni Seniale mo e Talekita ki he Ngaahi Talatalaaki Hia ‘a e Pule’anga, pea mo e Komisiona Polisi, ke fakatotolo mo faka’ilo ha maumau’i ‘o e Lao ki he Ngaahi Hia pea fakahoko ha ‘eke sivile, ‘oka fiema’u, ke pouaki e ngeia mo e molumalu ‘o e Konisitutone mo e Lao ‘o e fonua”, ko e toe tanaki mai ia ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia.

    Na’e hoko atu e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o pehe, “ ‘I he ‘eku tali ki he ngaahi Tohi Tangi ni, ‘a ia ne tuku atu ki he mitia he ‘aho 22 ‘o Fepueli, na’a ku faka’apa’apa’i ‘a e totonu fakakonisitutone ‘a e kau fa’u Tohi Tangi kenau tangi ki he ‘Ene ‘Afio ka na’aku kole kiate kinautolu kenau sinaki fakahu atu ‘enau ngaahi tukuaki’i ki he ‘ofisi ‘o e ‘Omipatimeni, ‘Ateni Seniale, pea mo e Polisi Tonga kenau ‘uluaki fakatotolo’i. Na’aku toe fokotu’u atu ke nau fakahu atu ‘enau ngaahi tukuaki’i fekau’aki mo hano ngaue kakaa’aki e pa’anga mo e koloa ‘a e pule’anga ki he ‘ofisi ‘o e ‘Atita Seniale”.

    Fekau’aki mo e tu’utu’uni ko ia ‘a ‘Ene ‘Afio ki he Pule’anga ke fai hano fakapa’anga fe’unga ‘a e Komisoni ki he Fakafepaki’i ‘o e Ta’efaitotonu ke kamata ngaue he ‘aho 1 Siulai 2019, ‘o kau ai e vahenga ‘o e tokotaha Komisiona, na’e me’a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o pehe te ne fokotu’u atu eni ki he Kapineti ‘i he vave taha.

    Na’e tuhu’i mai ‘e he ‘Eiki Palemia ‘a e mahu’inga ke fakatokanga’i ‘a e tu’utu’uni ‘a ‘Ene ‘Afio he Fakataha Tokoni ke tuku atu e ngaahi Tohi Tangi ki he Talekita ki he Ngaahi Talatalaaki Hia ‘a e Pule’anga, he ‘oku te’eki ke fokotu’u ‘a e sino ngaue ko ia fakatatau ki he Konisitutone lolotonga. Na’e pehe ‘e he ‘Eiki Palemia, “’Oku kau ‘a e fo’i Lao Fakaangaanga ke monomono e Konisitutone ka e fokotu’u e ‘ofisi ‘o e Talekita ki he Ngaahi Talatalaaki Hia ‘a e Pule’anga he ngaahi Lao fakaangaanga ‘e 6 na’aku tohi ‘o fokotu’u atu ki he Fale Alea ke alea’i kinautolu ko e lao ‘fakavavevave’. ‘Oku fakaloloma ‘a e fihia ‘a e fo’i lao ni ‘o makatu’unga he fefaikehekehe’aki ‘i loto Fale Alea fekau’aki mo hono faka’uhinga’i ‘o e ngaahi kupu ‘o e Ngaahi Tu’utu’uni ‘o e Ngaahi Fakataha ‘o e Fale Alea ‘o Tonga”.

  2. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is the office or official charged with the prosecution of criminal offences in several criminal jurisdictions around the world. The title is used mainly in jurisdictions that are or have been members of the Commonwealth of Nations

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