Since the late Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva, the founder and Leader of the PTOA Movement passed away in August 2019. PTOA Movement lost the Cabinet in September 2019 due to dissatisfaction, uncertainty, miscommunication and internal political outrage between some of the key members of the PTOA Core Team at the time due to personal propaganda.
The Core Team and the movement seem dysfunctional, complete disorder and lived in a state of confusion due to the shock of losing the Leader and the Cabinet power to run the government for the rest of the term.
Hence, members of the movement in the diasporas known as ‘Hard Talk’ lead the way in reforming of the movement’s supporters. The silent supporters of the movement came forward and form PTOA chapters around the world particularly in the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand.
The movement supporters question the commitment of the core team members particularly the Tongatapu 4 MP Mateni Tapueluelu. His disappearance from the core team’s meetings, his radio program, and the leaking of his letter that accused his brother-in-law, the Tongatapu 1 MP Siaosi Pohiva, and other members of the core teams and the movement for corruption. The accusation made public and arouse fierce of anger, confuse and uncertainty between the movement supporters.
The ‘Hard Talk’ unit called for the Core Team to sack and replace Mateni Tapueluelu from the PTOA movement and the PTOA Candidate Lists for 2021 General Election. So many members of the movement in Tonga called for Mateni to step down from PTOA and finish up his term as an Independent MP.
However, on the other hand, most of the Tongatapu 4 voters claimed and posted on social media that MP Mateni Tapueluelu is still having their full support. The PTOA International Movement from New Zealand claimed that they are fully supporting the Core Team and their leading of the Democratic Movement.
A positive outcome from the core team’s meeting
The Chairman of the Core Team and the Movement MP Semisi Sika stated in his press release statement dated on the 21 April 2020, appealed to all movement supporters to keep trusting the Core Team and the vision of the PTOA movement.
He told movement supporters that the core team had agreed on the meeting dated on the 20th April 2020, that all members of the core team are standing together including the accused MP Mateni Tapueluelu. MP Tapueluelu and MP Pohiva required to do a public apology and ask forgiveness from the movement supporters.
MP Sika reaffirmed and appealed to all movement supporters that the Core Team’s decision was not taken lightly. He said that if the outcome of the meeting is not the best outcome that you are expected. He assured that this is the most sensible and wise decision for the movement in moving forward.
A Public Apology
MP Mateni Tapueluelu and MP Siaosi Pohiva made a public apology through Radio FM 88.7 The political tune of the apology is not our place to judge but it is an ongoing measure of the PTOA movement supporters sympathy towards the MPs. Whether the apology made was enough to heal the wounds, distrust, distasteful, and the comfortless of the supporters or does it needs more times and efforts from Mateni Tapueluelu to show empathy towards his fellow movement supporters.
The mountain to climb
The definition of ‘Tonga mo’unga ki he loto’ gave all Tongan citizens a very powerful message by saying that the highest mountain in Tonga is our own hearts. In the political arena, these are the mountains that all politicians should be interested in especially when the election year is almost near.
It is in fact that some of the PTOA movement supports yet to properly digest the decision that was made by the core team and their public apology. It shows when members of the movement are still calling for all members of the core team to step down and be replaced in 2021 election. Some supporters had shown their disappointment by throwing the Chairman of the core team and Siaosi Pohiva under the bus while others called to accept the decision and work together for the sake of the vision.
Whichever way that the movement is going through at the moment. The only one thing that we can assure of for the coming 2021 election, things will not be getting any easier. The core team still have mountains to climb and it is never too late for any political adjustment. Time will tell.
LAVA E FAKALELEI MOE KOLE FAKAMOLEMOLE KA ‘OKU KEI MA’OLUNGA E MO’UNGA KE KAKA AI CORE TEAM PTOA TELIA E FILI 2021‘Oku ‘iloa ‘i Tonga ni ‘a e moto ‘Ko Tonga mo’unga ki he loto’. Neongo ‘oku ‘ikai ha mo’unga ma’olunga ka ko hotau loto koe ngaahi mo’unga pe ia. Koe ngaahi mo’unga ‘eni ‘oku feilaulau kiai e kau politikale he koe hala fakakavakava ia ki Falealea pea koe lulafua ia e ngaue fakapolitikale. Koe me’a lelei e fefakamolemole’aki moe nofo fe’ofo’ofa ni hange koia kuo fakahoko mai ‘e Mateni Tapueluelu pea mo Siaosi Pohiva. Ka ‘i he politikale, ‘oku kei hokohoko atu pe feta’efiemalie’aki e kau poupou e movement. Kuo fakapapaui e ni’ihi ‘i honau loto he’ikai pe kenau toe tali ‘enautolu ia ‘a Mateni. Kuo ui e ni’ihi ia ke tuku kitu’a kotoa e core team pea kau moe niihi kau kanititeiti fo’ou e ptoa hono hoka e tu’a kau core team. Kuo kaila ke tolongi e Sea – Misi Sika he lalo pasi koe ‘uhi pe koe ‘ikai lava ke holoki e ngaahi mo’unga. ‘Oku kei tokolahi pe kau poupou ia ‘o Mateni Tapueluelu ‘i hono vahenga pehe ki he ni’ihi mei he movement ‘aia ‘oku nau ui kinautolu ia fakataha moe core team ki he kau poupou kenau pelula, fefakamolemole’aki pea hoko atu e ngaue ki he visone. Koe fe pe halafononga e hoko atu ai e movement, koe me’a pe taha ‘oku malava ketau fakapapau’i he ‘aho ni. He’ikai ke toe faingofua ange fononga’anga he ‘oku ‘alu ke toe faingata’a ange teuaki ki he fili Falealea 2021. ‘Oku kei lahi e ngaahi mo’unga ke kaka ai e Core Team moe kau poupou ‘okapau ‘oku nau taumu’a ki ha ikuna he 2021 pea telia na’a hoko e taimi koe fili ia tene uesia e hoko atu.
[Manatu ko ‘etau talanoa ‘eni he ngaahi sino public figure koe kau MPs Falealea ‘oku nau vahe he tukuhau e fonua]
[Note: Video is in Tongan language]
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