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Prime Minister Pohiva clarifies the issue concerning the hiring of Dr. ‘Aisake Eke as consultant

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 17/03/2017

The Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva clarified to Radio and Television Tonga News the situation regarding the reference made by the Minister of Finance and Planning last week that Government will be able to hire the service of the former Minister Dr. ‘Aisake Eke as a consultant.

PM Pohiva says, there is no such working policy to hire Dr. Eke as consultant for the preparation of the budget because he is a member of parliament and a representative of the people.

However, he said Dr. Eke will still be involved with the budget in his role as people’s representative during the deliberations. 

Dr. ‘Aisake Eke was Chairman of the Legislative Assembly’s Standing committee for Public Accounts where the budget is submitted before tabling in the house.

The clarification was made in a special meeting with the Prime Minister this morning because of misleading information being passed around the general public regarding this matter.

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