Tonga government

Auditor General blasts cabinet for withholding decisions, warns of corruption

Auditor General blasts cabinet for withholding decisions, warns of corruption

Tonga’s Auditor General, Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, has blasted the country’s cabinet for refusing to forward him copies of cabinet decisions. He said a lack of transparency in the executive body’s decision making process would encourage corruption. According to the Auditor General’s Report for 2012-2013, the government decided not to circulate any cabinet decisions to Dr […]

Dr Eke Tonga's new finance minister

Dr Eke Tonga's new finance minister

[lastupdated] Independent MP  Dr ‘Aisake Valu Eke told Kaniva News this afternoon he has accepted the Prime Minister of Tonga's invitation to become his minister of finance. Last week the former secretary for finance at the Tonga Treasury  said there was nothing official yet but confirmed he has been approached by the Prime Minister for […]

Tonga's Finance Minister formally dismissed

Tonga's Finance Minister formally dismissed

Breaching cabinet solidarity was the basis for the Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano's decision to sack his Finance Minister,  Lisiate 'Aloveita ‘Akolo. ‘Akolo was given a letter on Monday in Auckland from the Prime Minister asking him to resign. He defied the Prime Minister’s request and as a result he was formally dismissed yesterday afternoon. The […]

Hidden agenda behind Finance Minister’s removal, Pulu claims

Hidden agenda behind Finance Minister’s removal, Pulu claims

The removal of Tongan Finance Minister Lisiate ‘Akolo was a political decision, Opposition frontbencher ‘Isileli Pulu told Kaniva Pacific this week. ‘Akolo was sacked by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano, who accused him of not supporting Cabinet’s decision to approve a cost of living allowance (COLA) for civil servants. Pulu, who was Tourism Minister in […]

Hon Akolo’s resignation fuels speculation

Hon Akolo’s resignation fuels speculation

Tonga’s Finance Minister has been told to resign it has been  confirmed this afternoon by his CEO Tatafu Moeaki. Moeaki said he “just confirmed it this morning" as the minister arrived back to Nuku'alofa from Auckland before lunch time. No further details given and the Prime Minister, Hon Lord Tu’ivakano has yet to respond to […]

Tonga’s minister of finance told to resign

Tonga’s minister of finance told to resign

[lastupdated] The Prime Minister of Tonga has told his Finance Minister Hon Lisiate ‘Akolo to resign a reliable source has revealed this morning. Hon ‘Akolo was in Auckland but left for Tonga this morning after he was yesterday Monday 6 hand-delivered a letter by the Tongan consul in Auckland, Stafford Aho. 'Aho confirmed to Kaniva […]

Government approved 5% cost of living adjustment

Government approved 5% cost of living adjustment

Tongan public servants including casual employees in January 2014 will receive a 5% cost of living adjustment government said this week. Ministry of Finance CEO Tatafu Moeaki said, it is the responsibility of government “to periodically adjust service staff salaries to the cost of living increases.  “In this regard, the Ministry’s duly responsibility and contribution […]