12 Oct 2016

Tonga PM comments an excuse for poor performance

From , 4:04 pm on 12 October 2016

A Tongan publisher says the prime minister's complaint that his government is deadlocked because it's being stymied by senior officials is a poor excuse for his government's failures.

Last week, 'Akilisi Pohiva said top officials were sticking to the old system in which the nobility, instead of the public, was the priority.

He said the government needs the power to ensure CEOs, government commissioners and the Attorney General do what the government wants for the benefit of the people.

But Kalafi Moala, a publisher who was Mr Pohiva's press secretary for a year, told Jamie Tahana the government does have that power.

Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva

Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva Photo: Alex Perrottet / RNZ