EDITORIAL COMMENT: Maybe it’s time to change

Lord Ma'afu, PM Pohiva and Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni in Parliament

NUKU’ALOFA-October 14: 9.28am (Nuku’alofa Times): It is time that Parliament seriously considers the motion of no confidence.

The past two years have been “hilarious” to say the least as far as Government’s performance has gone.

With all due respect, Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva needs to go.

He has served two years, has achieved his dream to be Prime Minister and has enjoyed the perks that come with it in the last 20 months or so.

But Tonga needs someone who is in touch with the current movement, development and trends.

I know that PM Pohiva has tried his best.

And I know that age and time has not been on his side.

Maybe his style has been too demanding, too controlling and too possessive.

He has tried to do everything by himself – shooting himself in the foot too many times, making statements that have been more damaging rather than positive and help nation building.

PM Pohiva had tried to emulate Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in a lot of ways.

BUT the difference is Fiji has a constitution that the current Government made and owns.

That way the Bainimarama Government can manufacture what they like and make up decrees along the way to enable them to do what they want.

PM Pohiva must seriously seek his own answers.

He must be man enough to say whether he seriously believes within himself if he has done a good job.

Recent public statements and utterances in Parliament does not augur well for a man in his position.

He must be ready to admit that it is now time to move out the door.

Take time out to relax and enjoy the break.

It is serious time for Tonga to start thinking about the next PM.

That maybe the best thing the current crop of Parliamentarians can do for Tonga!






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