Minister of Trade and Economic Development Hon Samiu Vaipulu

22 June 2020 Minister of Trade and Economic Development Hon Samiu Vaipulu questioned in the parliament of how the MPs and their constituency’s councils spend $200,000 grant from people’s taxes every year?

Hon Vaipulu told the house that the $200,000 constituency grant from parliament, helped to put water tanks in nearly every homes of his constituency – Vava’u 15.

Hence the debate of the budget always sideway by MPs begging for government help such as water tanks and other constituency’s most desperate needs, then where are the constituency’s funds, said Hon Vaipulu.

The constituency grant of $200,000 every year is expected to increase to $250,000 pa’anga in the financial year 2020/21. MPs should assure that the grants are helping the people in every constituency and not use for the personal gain of a few people in the council or MP.

The question was based on Democrat MP Siaosi Pohiva told the house that his constituency consist of 1,377 homes and 657 have no water tanks. MP Siaosi Pohiva asked the government if they could prioritise into bringing 10,000 water tanks to help out his constituency, one of the most vulnerable area with water bonds.

Another Democrat MP Veivosa Taka asked the MEIDECC Minister Hon Poasi Tei if they could supply 100 water tanks for Ha’apai Lulunga and Mu’omu’a.

Hon Vaipulu told parliament that he is not asking anything from the government because it is the responsibility of every MPs to make use of the government money (people taxes) that parliament approved to help all 17 constituencies. “Today, I heard MPs stand up and ask the government to help. That makes me think of how could you use the constituency’s fund?..” said Hon Vaipulu.

Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa told the house that this government already planned to put every homes with water tanks. That is what people told him when they went to every constituencies and asked them about their most extreme needs. People told the Prime Minister that they need to fix the road and put every homes with water tanks.

FEHU’IA ‘E HON SAMIU VAIPULU PE KOE HA ME’A ‘OKU NGAUE’AKI KIAI PA’ANGA FAKAVAHENGA $200,000 HE TA’U KOTOA KAE KEI OMAI PE KAU MPs ‘O KOLE MO KOLE KI HE PULE’ANGA ME’A KOTOA PE.

Na’e makatu’unga ‘a hono fehu’ia ‘e he Minisita Fefakatau’aki Hon Samiu Vaipulu e founga ngaue’aki e pa’anga fakavahenga koe lahi ange tu’u kau fakafofonga kakai ia ‘o ‘ikai lahi tokanga ke talanoa’i e ngaahi fika he patiseti kae lahi tu’u nautolu ia ki ‘olunga ‘o kole he taimi kotoa pe.

‘Eiki Minisitā Fefakatau’aki: ‘oku fakafou ‘i he Fale Alea, vahe mai ai ‘a e 2 kilu ‘a ia ko ‘eku fakatātā pē ‘aku ko e sēniti ko ē ‘oku ‘omaí ia ‘oku mei kakato hoku vāhenga ‘oku ‘i he tangikē ‘oku ‘ikai ke u to e kole au he ‘oku ‘osi ‘omai pē ‘e he Pule’angá ‘a e pa’anga ke fakakaukau’i ‘e he Fakafofonga takitaha hono vāhenga. Ko e ‘aho ni kuo u fanongo, kole ‘a hai, kole ‘a hai, ko u fakakaukau ‘oku ‘i fē’ia ‘a e silini ko ē ‘oku ‘oange ‘e he Fale Alea ki he Fakafofonga ke ngāue’aki. Mālō Sea…”

MP Siaosi Pohiva: Ko e ki’i fakakaukau ‘oku ou hanga ‘o ‘oatu Sea na’a tokoni pē ki he Minisitā pea mo e Pule’angá, ko e ki’i fakakaukau ‘oku sustainable. Ko vāhenga Kolomotu’a, Tongatapu 1, ‘oku fe’unga mo e ‘api ‘e 1377 ‘oku nofo’i ‘i he sītetisitika eni ‘oku ma’u. Ko e ‘api ai ‘e 657 ‘oku ‘ikai ke ‘i ai ha’anau tangikē vai ia ‘anautolu ia. Sai, kapau ‘e tokoni ‘e he Pule’angá ha tangikē vai lita ‘e 1 mano, ko e lita vai ia ‘e 6.57 miliona. Ko ‘eku ‘uhinga ‘eku talanoa pehē ni, ‘oku lava ‘o tamate’i e fo’i pulu 2, ‘a e fo’i manu ‘e 2 he fo’i pulu ‘e 1. Kapau ‘e tufa e vai, sima vai, tangikē vai pehē ni ki he ‘api kātoa ‘oku te’eki ke ‘i ai ha’anau tangikē vai ‘i Kolomotu’a, he ‘ikai ke to e ‘alu e lita ‘e 6 miliona, 6.5 miliona ko eni ki he ano kae tānaki ia he ngaahi tangikē vai. Ko e ki’i fakakaukau ia Sea ko u ‘atu.

PM: Sea tapu mo e Feitu’u na pea tapu mo e Hou’eiki ‘o e Kōmiti Kakato. Ko ‘aneafi foki na’e ‘osi fakahoko atu pē ‘e he ‘Eiki Minisitā ko e taumu’a ia ‘a e Pule’anga ke fakatangikē vai’i ‘a e ngaahi ‘api kotoa ‘o Tonga ni. He ko e me’a ia na’e talamai ‘e he kakai, ko e ngaahi fakamata ko eni ‘oku ou tui au ia ko e poupou pē kā kuo ‘osi maau pē ‘a e Pule’anga ke feinga’i ‘a e me’a ko ia ke lava, pea ‘oku ‘i ai hono pa’anga ‘osi fakafuofua’i ko e toe eni pē ‘e ma’u mei fē, kā ‘oku fai leva ‘a e ngāue ki ai, tatau tofu pē mo e hala, me’a ongo fo’i kaveinga ki ai ‘e 2. Na’e ‘osi fika’i pē anga ‘o e fakafuofua kapau ‘e tō hifo ‘a e vai ‘o nofo ‘i he sima kae ‘ikai ke ‘alu ki lalo, ‘osi mahino pē ia ‘e tūfea ‘a e feitu’u ko ia. Kā ‘oku ou tui ‘oku ko e ngaahi ‘uhinga ko ia´ ko e me’a ia na’e fai atu ‘aki ai ‘a e fakamatala ko ia ‘o e Patiseti´. Mālō Sea. (Miniti Falealea, 2020)

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