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‘Etuate Lavulavu requests reward for helping establish People’s Party

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 09/10/2019

‘Etuate Lavulavu, deputy chairman of the recently established party – the Peoples Party, has requested a reward for his part in establishing the party.

In an audio recording obtained by Radio & Television Tonga News, ‘Etuate Lavulavu can be heard requesting a reward for helping establish the Peoples Party to an unknown party over the phone.

Lavulavu was talking over the phone while he was being recorded, and he requested government approval for him to lease the plot of land the government flat he is renting is on at Sopu, and for a plot of land he previously owned in Tofoa to be returned to him, this is after it was seized by the bank and sold to an Asian buyer.

Lavulavu claimed the two plots of land were for his children and that this was a deserved reward for himself for his efforts in bringing together the People’s Party.

Radio & Television Tonga News contacted Lavulavu to further elaborate on this but he refused to make a comment.

When asking the PM about this, Dr. Pohiva Tui’onetoa said he was unaware of this arrangement and he assured the public that he will not accept this if it is submitted to cabinet.

The audio recording also contains some other issues that Radio & TV Tonga News will be following up on.

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