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PM lied says Lord Tu’ivakano

PM Pohiva and Lord Tu'ivakano

NUKU’ALOFA-September 12: 3.43pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva lied to the people of Tonga and the world when he claimed former Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni and Finance Minister Tevita Lavemaau had known about the King’s plan to dissolve Parliament last month.

Both former senior Cabinet Ministers were sacked by PM Pohiva last week because the now Caretaker PM claimed the duo had known about Lord Tu’ivaano’s advice to His Majesty.

“The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, Lord Tu’ivakano, has dismissed as false, unfounded and utterly untrue, claims by Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, that the former Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Siaosi Sovaleni and former Minister of Finance and National Planning, Hon Tevita Lavemaau, were involved in, and knew about, the advice he had given to His Majesty, King Tupou VI, that resulted in the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga with effect from 24 August 2017,” a statement from the Speaker said today.

“Lord Tu’ivakano wishes to clarify and set the record straight as it is important that people know the truth.

“The former Deputy Prime Minister and the former Minister of Finance and National Planning were never involved, nor had anything to do with, the advice that led to the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga.”

The statement is the second of such to deny the duo’s involvement in the issue.

Hon Sovaleni had denied any knowledge or involvement in the issue last week, when he spoke to the media here in Nuku’alofa.

Both statements now question PM Pohiva’s honesty and integrity as a leader.

Many are still shocked by the sacking of the former ministers.

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