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Tonga democracy allows "sophism" minority party rule

Tonga’s “de facto” new government of Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva, who masterminded the hijacking of the majority ballots cast by voters on November 27, 2014 general elections, is basking delightfully in power today. Thanks to the local media’s adoration of this political “sophism” where they were too busy promoting Mr. Pōhiva and his PTOA party instead of vetting him and his cronies.

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Who Runs the Zoo: Good Governance Rhetoric in Tonga

Tongan journalist Pesi Fonua reported the “House [was] in an uproar” this January 21st, 2015, on hearing Tonga’s Premier ‘Akilisi Pohiva had hired his son as his personal assistant at the Prime Minister’s Office (Fonua, 2015). Lord Vaea was the challenger in parliament’s debating chamber, and rightly so, in a role that might be considered leader of an opposition of eight nobles’ representatives to the Pohiva led coalition.

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Tali ki he lotomamahi Veivosa Taka ki he Kovana Ha'apai na'e ha 'i he Talaki Sanuali 20, 2014

Kātaki ka ke pulusi atu ‘eku ki’i tohi ni koe fie tokoni pe ki he founga ‘o e faka’uhingame’a he ‘oku malava ke ne faka’asili e tafenga lelei mo e monū mo’oe fonua ‘o kapau ‘oku tonu hono ngāue’aki pea ‘oku toe malava foki ke ne kumoa mo fakakā ‘a e tupulekina ‘o e fonua ‘o kapau ‘e fehalaaki hono ngāue’aki. Ko e faka’uhingame’a ‘oku ne tataki e konga lahi ‘o ‘etau mo’ui mo ‘e tau fai fatongia ‘i he taimi kotoa ‘o ‘e tau ‘ā (conscious mind) pea mo ‘e tau mohe (unconscious mind). Ko ia ‘oka tonu koe ‘aonga lahi ka ‘oka hala ko e maumau lahi:

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Filifilimanako (Nepotism) 'i he tu'unga kovitaha

Na’a ku fanongo ki he ongoongo na’e tālanga’i ‘i he Fale hono fakangāue’i ‘e he Palēmia hono foha ko ‘ene personal assistant (P.A) ‘a ia ne tukuaki’i koe Nepotism, ko e lea muli ka ‘oku ‘uhinga ki ha filifilimānako ‘a ha taha pule pe ngāue ma’olunga ‘o ne ‘oatu pe hano fāmili ofi ki ha tu’unga ma’olunga ‘i he ngāue’anga ‘oku pule pe ma’u mafai ma’olunga ai. Na’a ku fakakaukau ko e tu’unga tipeiti ma’olunga na’e tonu ke a’u kiai ‘a e Fale. He ko e founga na’e tonu ke fua fekeli ki he fakamatala pe faka’uhinga ‘o e ongo fo’i lea, ko e personal assistant mo e nepotism, pea ko e fekau’aki ‘o e ongo ‘uhinga tene tataki ‘a e tipeiti ke fai.

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Democracy and nepotism

For almost 30 years, you championed the idea that the political system in Tonga was un-democratic. You criticized King Tupou IV. King Tupou V, King Tupou VI when he was the Prime Minister, Princess Pilolevu, former Prime Ministers, former Cabinet Ministers, Civil Servants and anyone else who was unlucky enough to fall foul of your high moral judgement; you proudly did it all in the name of democracy. You even took most of them to court for one allegation after another.

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Ta'efiemalie ki he tali 'a e palemia

Na’a ku fanongo ‘i he taimi pongipongi ‘aho Monite ko hono 19 ‘o Sanuali 2015 fakafuofua ki he taimi ‘osi si’i nai e fitu ki hono faka’eke’eke ‘o ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘i he letioo ‘a Katalina Tohi 89.5 FM fekau’aki mo ‘ene hanga ‘o fakanofo ‘a e taha ‘o ‘ene kau Minisitaa pea na’e tukuaki’i e Minisitaa ko ‘eni koe fekau’aki mo e fefine.

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Maumau 'a e faka'ofo'ofa Hala Vuna ngaue 'a e kau fakamaketi

‘Oku ou faka’amu ke pulusi mai mu’a ‘a e fakakaukau ko’eni fekau’aki mo e tu’unga ‘oku ‘i ai ‘a e matamata lelei ‘a e Hala Vuna mo hono uesia ‘e he kau fakamaketi ‘oku nau fakapalakuu’i (hufanga he fakatapu) ‘a e faka’ofo’ofa ‘o e feitu’u ni mo hono manakoa ‘e he kau folau’eve’eva. ‘Oku ou faka’apa’apa lahi ki he kakai ko’eni pehe ki he kau ngoue ‘o e fonua ka ‘oku ‘osi teu ‘e he Pule’anga ‘a e maketi hange koe Maketi Talamahu ke ‘ave kiai ‘a e fua ‘o e fonua. ‘Ikai ngata ai ka na’e toe tanu ‘e he Potungaue Ngoue mo e Potungaue Takimamata mo e Leipa ‘i he konga ki mui ‘o e ta’u kuo’osi 2014 ‘a e konga ‘i he tofi’a ‘o Fakafanua hanga hake pe ki he Hala Vuna kenau hiki kiai mo e ‘ikai pe.

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