TMTRL Board of Directors

THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE BOARD

15 May 2015 Questioning the integrity of TMTRL Board’s members seem unfair and invalid in contrast to their sacrifices and tireless works in promoting the Rugby League Sport in Tonga from the days of the amateur league into professionalism.

The current chaos and the legal battles amongst rugby league leaders here in the Kingdom are very unpleasant and insult to the integrity of Rugby League Sport and the fans of Mate Ma’a Tonga or the Kau To’a around the world.

Tonga National Rugby League (TNRL) is striving for justice after the expelled of their membership from the International Rugby League. The domestic legal battles between TNRL and the ousted members of the board is an ongoing battle.

However, the elected of former controversial board members or former officials of TNRL as a Directors of the new TMTRL Board erupts repugnant and offensive amongst the Rugby League community and the fans who waited patiently for Tonga Rugby League to settle and forward.

For instance, the new elected Directors of TMTRL Board, Matani Nifofa and Vilisoni Tu’iniua were amongst the controversial officials from the previous TNRL Board.

They were ousted by the Hgh Court ruling due to the allegation of misspending, corruption and their failure to supply a financial audit report that ordered by the High Court.

But it seems that these ousted officials from the PTOA movement lead other local club members to register a new sport organisation known as TMTRL.

Does it hindered their independence from the rugby league chaos in Tonga so as the political differences that divided the nation?

ARE THEY TRUSTWORTHY TO GET THE TRUST OF THE PUBLIC?

Elected by twenty-two local rugby league representations at the Annual General Meeting is a good sign of trust within the rugby league community.

But in order to get the trust of the nation as a Directors of this new rugby league board and that represents the Kingdom of Tonga is still in question. All members of the board must have the spirit of sacrifice, justice, transparency, apolitical, and free of corruption.

The new Chairman of TMTRL Semisi Sika said that all of the works that they did for Tonga’s rugby league is all for “God, King and the Country.”

Semisi Sika said that sacrifice in rugby league is not to get rich or become powerful but to become a servant of rugby league that could make our King and the people of Tonga proud again of our sport and our nation.

Semisi Sika concluded his statement with a serious warning to the PTOA members of the TMTRL Board, not to bring their political interest into rugby league sport. Everyone must leave their political interest outside and lets work together to rebuild this rugby league sport (King’s maa’imoa)

Where do the government stand?

Kaniva News reported that the Minister of Internal Affairs Hon Vatau Hui claimed that the government is trying to put an end to the ongoing infighting within the rugby league.

The Cabinet was expected to receive a proposal of a new Rugby League Board to control the sport in Tonga. The government is proposing the new board with no former members of the two controversial boards.

VPON Media already contacted Hon Vatau Hui in regard to this matter but we yet to receive his reply. We will follow it up accordingly.

Other News to follow:

TMTRL Clubs elected Lord Fakafanua as new President and Semisi Sika as the Chairman of the Board for the next four years

Tonga Prime Minister denied any involvement of the government with the IRL CEO Nigel Wood to support the process of TMTRL becoming a member of the IRL

‘E UESIA NAI E TU’U TAU’ATAINA ‘A E TMTRL MEI HE NGAAHI PALOPALEMA ‘OKU LOLOTONGA FEKUKI MOE ‘AKAPULU LIIKI I TONGA NI ‘I HONO FILI ‘O MATANI NIFOFA PEA MO VILISONI TU’INIUA KI HE POATE TMTRL?

Koe fu’u palopalema lahi koia kuo tau fekuki mai moia he ‘akapulu liiki ‘i Tonga ni na’e kau ‘a Matani Nifofa pea mo Vilisoni Tu’iniua ‘i he kau memipa Poate pe kau ‘ofisiale ‘a e Poate koia na’e fakamaloloo’i kinautolu he Fakamaau’anga koe tukuaki’i ki he ngauehala ‘aki e pa’anga pea moe ‘ikai ke ‘iai ha fakamatala ‘atita ‘o e pa’anga. Lolotonga e kei valau e ongo Poate ‘akapulu liiki (TNRL vs TMTRL) moe ngaahi fakatonutonu fakalao pehe ki hono tuli koia ‘o e TNRL mei he memipa he IRL. Na’e fiema’u ai ‘e he Pule’anga ke fokotu’u ha Poate Liiki tau’ataina ‘o ‘ikai ke toe kau kiai ha taha he ngaahi hingoa ‘o e ngaahi Poate ne hoko ai e longoa’a kimu’a.

Ka ‘i he fili lakanga ko ‘eni ‘a e TMTRL, na’e toe fili mai ai he ngaahi kalapu liiki fakakolo ‘e 22 ‘a Matani Nifofa pea mo Vilisoni Tu’iniua kena hoko koe kau Talekita ‘o e Poate fo’ou TMTRL. Pea ‘oku makatu’unga ai ‘a hono fehu’ia ‘a e tu’unga falala’anga ‘o e ongo Talekita ko ‘eni? Pehe ki he hange kuo tuli kinautolu he Fakamaau lahi kitu’a mei he poate koe pea lolotonga e kei valau moe fakatonutonu kuo na toe takai mai kinaua ‘o toe hu atu he poate ko ‘eni. Taimi lahi ‘oku ‘ikai foki ke fea ‘a hono fehu’ia pehe’i ‘o ha falala’anga ‘o taha ‘o puli ai ‘a ‘ene ngaahi ngaue mateaki mo feilaulau ‘i hono langa hake maa’imoa liiki he ngaahi ta’u lahi. Koe fa’ahinga feilaulau pehe ‘oku makatu’unga ai ‘a hono toe fili ‘o kinautolu ki he Poate ko ‘eni ka ‘oku ‘ikai lava ai ke ta’ofi ‘a hono fehu’ia hona tu’unga falala’anga kae ‘oua leva kuo na malava ke fakamo’oni’i ki he kakai ‘oku na falala’anga tautau tefito ki he ngaahi me’a fakapa’anga.

Koe talaloto malie ‘a Semisi Sika ‘a ‘ene pehe koe ngaahi feilaulau kotoa na’a nau fakahoko ‘i hono langa hake ‘akapulu liiki ‘i Tonga ni koe feilaulau kotoa pe ma’ae “‘Otua, pehe ki he Tu’i moe kakai ‘o e fonua”. Na’e fakatokanga mamafa foki ‘a Semisi Sika ki he kau Talekita mo memipa ‘o e TMTRL ‘oku nau PTOA ke tautau e ptoa ‘i hala pule’anga kanau ha’u ki he liiki kenau ngaue fakataha ki hono langa hake ‘o e maa’imoa. Koe lea mamafa ‘eni na’a ne fakahoko he koe Sea foki Misi Sika ‘o e PTOA pea tokolahi moe kau memipa ptoa he TMTRL ka ‘oku mahino pe kiai koe sipoti ‘oku fiema’u ke tau’ataina mei he fakapolitikale.

Koe ha leva ‘a ‘ene tu’u ki he kaha’u ‘a e fengaue’aki ‘a e Pule’anga Tonga pea moe TMTRL? Fakatatau moe fakamatala ‘a e Minisita MIA Hon Vatau Hui ki he Kaniva, na’e ‘amanaki e Pule’anga kenau fili ha Poate ‘oku tu’u tau’ataina pea ‘oku ‘ikai fiema’u ia ke toe kau he Poate koia ha taha na’a ne kau he Poate koia ‘oku tu’unga ai e palopalema ‘a e liiki ‘i Tonga. Kuo ‘osi fakahoko e fetu’utaki ki he Minisita MIA e ongoongo ni ka temau toki ‘oatu ‘ene tali ‘amui ange.

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