14 June, 2017. Tonga's parliament has adjourned to give the Prime Minister time to respond to a motion calling for parliament to order the government to host the Pacific Games.
Last month, 'Akilisi Pohiva pulled out of hosting the 2019 event, initially citing financial reasons but then saying his government had other priorities.
He remained steadfast in his stance even when the regional Pacific Games Council met with him to allay his concerns.
MPs Lord Nuku and Vili Hingano have tabled a parliamentary motion yesterday Tuesday 13 June in the hope Mr Povia will change his mind.
Mr. Hingano said it was also tabled for the government to explain its stance and give valid reasons.
"They have been on air, on media, on social media, announcing and giving different reasons every now and then of why they are withdrawing from hosting the sports," he said.
"Because we believe we have the money here in Tonga to facilitate and finance this Pacific Games and that is why we put in this motion."
The cancellation of the Pacific Games by the Prime Minister and his cabinet has raised concerns in both Tonga and Tongan diaspora and has recently became a dominant issue in Tonga's everyday affairs.
Eneasi Fuka Thursday, 15 June 2017 21:24 Comment Link
Poupou atu Hingano mo Nuku hoo mo tuu maa Tonga. Oku mou talanoa kimoutolu i he level oe langahake moe fakahaofi e fonua mei he luo oku tau tekefili mamaalie kiai. Pango koe pukupuku e sio a e Palemia tatau pe mo hono kau poupou, ngata atu pe ia he mamaha, ngata atu pe ia i motu ni ikai toe mafao atu ke regional mo global.Report
Nuanga Wednesday, 14 June 2017 09:21 Comment Link
Malo Hingano e feinga koe fokotuu fakakaukau pe ni kia Nuku mo Hingano. E mei tokoni ange ki he vahenga fili e Hingano ha vakatoutai ke kumi ai ha moui a e kainga mei oseni he taumai a e lava mai e kainga o sio sipoti kotoa ka koe vivili taha 'a e fiemau honoau ngaahi famili. "E 'aonga lahi ki he vahenga o Nuku ha palau ke palau aki e ngaahi api tuku hau ke to ai ha foi lose ke ke alu mo ia Nuku ki muli mo ha fuu manioke he e hange e siale mohe ha akau papa koe tae malava e kainga o ngouei honau ngaahi api tukuhau. Koe anga pe ia e fokotuu atu. Tau ai e me'a oku tau lava o fai kae tuku e tangi ke tatau.Report