Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa and Minister of Finance Hon Tevita Lavemaau

29 May 2020 The procurement of the government’s major road project’ is in questioning after people listened to the debates in parliament.

The prioritisation of government’s work is the sole duty of the Executive branch. Even the re-prioritising of the recurrent budget due to COVID-19 is also the duty of the Executive branch.

For instance, Health, Education, Social Care and Infrastructure are the obligations of any government to the King and the people of Tonga.

It is not the question of whether it is the right time to fix the roads or should we fix it or not? It is the entire duty of the government to prioritise their work throughout their budget and approved from the parliament.

The main concerns of the people is the ‘procurement’ of the major road project‘ and not the guarantee of the TDB Loan.

MP Semisi Sika accused the parliament of resetting new criteria to suit the three contractors that the government handpicked for this major road project, while other contractors are awaiting for government reply for their opening bids.

Secondly, MP Sika claimed that in the opening bid, there were other contractors that they bids lower than those three favoured contractors then government cancel the bids.

It is understandable that Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa and Minister of Finance Hon Tevita Lavemaau told parliament that all the bids were higher than what the government can afford for this project.

The government already set the price to be $70 per single load truck instead of the usual charge of $220 per single load truck. Then the government void the bids and work according to their set criteria; Quality, Cost-Effective, and Timing.

This is where the concerns of the people from the opposition and those who are devoted to the work of this government. This is the cause of hindrance in parliament so as the public.

The Prime Minister and the government are accountable to follow the procurement in due process and prove that the procurement is paramount in this government.

It seems that the procurement of any major projects of any government so far became a liability which causes nuisance and mistrust.

The overall judgement for the effective and ineffective of the work for the people of Tonga will be put on the check and balance in 2021, it is not too late.

KAPAU KOE LAO (PROCUREMENT) ‘OKU MAHU’INGA TAHA KE MUIMUI’I PEA ‘OKU TOTONU KE MUIMUI PAU KIAI E PULE’ANGA

Kuo fu’u lahi hono fehu’ia ‘a hono procurement koia ‘a e poloseki tanuhala ‘a e pule’anga hiliange ‘a hono talanga’i koia ‘i Falealea. Neongo koe fokotu’utu’ungaue moe palani ‘a e pule’anga koe tefito’i fatongia ma’ata’ata pe ia ‘a e Pule’anga. Pea ka a’u ‘o toe fokotu’utu’u fo’ou mo liliu ‘enau palani ngaue koe ‘uhi koe COVID-19, ‘oku kei fa’iteliha pe pule’anga ki he ‘ene fokotu’utu’u ngaue ke fakahoko. Hange koe Mo’ui, Ako, Tu’unga fakasosiale moe Ngaahi Ngaue lalahi (infrastructure) koe fatongia maheni pe ‘oha pule’anga ke fakahoko ma’ae kakai ‘o e fonua. ‘Oku ‘ikai ko ha fehu’i ia pe ‘oku taimi totonu ke fai ha tanu hala pe ‘oku totonu nai ke fai ha taimi hala, ‘ikai, koe fatongia pe ia kuo pau ke fakahoko.

Koe tefito’i palopalema ‘oku hoha’a kiai e kakai ia koe founga ‘oku fakahoko ‘aki ‘a e procurement ka ‘oku ‘ikai koe malu’i ‘o e no he TDB. Kapau na’e fakahoko pe procurement ‘o ma’a pea ‘ata kitu’a ki he kakai, he’ikai ke valau mo fehu’ia e malu’i no ia he taumaia ko ha toki malu’i no pisinisi taautaha ‘eni ‘a e pule’anga. Koe fehu’i ‘a Semisi Sika ki he founga procurement pehe ki he tali ‘a e Minisita Pa’anga moe Palemia ‘oku ‘osi mahino pe ki he kakai ka ‘oku kei ‘ao’aofia pe ‘oku fakahoko totonu e procurement pe ‘ikai? ‘Oku mo’ua e Pule’anga kenau muimui ki he lao pea nau taliui ki he kakai. ‘Oku hange procurement ia ko ha makatukia’anga ia ki he pule’anga kotoa pe ‘i he ‘enau ngaahi poloseki. Ka ‘oku faka’amu e kakai fonua ki he pule’anga kenau fakapapau’i ‘oku fou e ngaue tanuhala ‘i he lao (procurement). ‘Oku kei taimi pe ke fakatonutonu e ngaue ki he lao he ‘e toki aofangatuku ma’u pe kakai ‘i he 2021. Pea kapau ‘oku hange koe tali ‘a e Minisita Pa’anga, “koe Pule’anga ‘eni ‘oku nau muimui’i e mata e lao kae ‘ikai hange koe ngaahi pule’anga kuo ‘osi.” Faka’ofo’ofa pea malo e ngauu lahi.

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