King calls for investigation into petition claims
Nuku’alofa – March 26, 2019: 4.15pm (Nuku’alofa Times): His Majesty King Tupou VI has called on investigations into claims made against Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva and some of his Cabinet Ministers in petitions handed to the Royal Palace Office last month.
And the move has been welcomed by the Prime Minister’s Office here in Nuku’alofa.
The Nuku’alofa Times has been advised that a decision has been made on the petitions and that was to have them investigated.
Petitions were filed by former Members of Parliament, led by lawyer Clive Edwards and businessman Teisina Fuko.
Another petition was also handed in by some Nobles.
The King has ordered investigations by the Ombudsman Commission, the Attorney General’s office and the police in the wake of petitions he had received calling for parliament to be dissolved.
Meanwhile, while speaking to Radio New Zealand, Lopeti Senituli, the PM’s political and communication advisor, said the move by His Majesty was what the PM had called for in the first place.
Mr Senituli said when the petitions were first received in February PM Pohiva had given responses in a statement to allegations the petitioners made of mal-administration, nepotism and some ministers owing money.
“And the prime minister then suggested that if the petitioners were not happy with those responses then they should still submit their petition to the Ombudsman, to the Attorney General, Police Commissioner and the Auditor General’s Office,” he said.
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