MP Lavulavu says she still supports PM Pōhiva; she finally resigns

'Oku taupotu 'i lalo ha fakamatala faka-Tonga

The Vava’u 16 MP ‘Akosita Lavulavu told Kaniva News she still supported Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva and PTOA Party despite the fact she was forced to resign in April.

The Prime Minister demanded MP Lavulavu’s resignation as Minister of Internal Affairs after Police charged her and her husband former Minister and MP ‘Etuate Lavulavu with three counts of obtaining by false pretences and three counts of knowingly dealing with forged documents.

MP ‘Akosita refused to resign citing constitutional rights in which she claimed the Prime Minister has no right to dismiss her because of her criminal charges.

In a letter to Hon Pōhiva on 18 June 2018 seen by Kaniva News MP ‘Akosita finally drew back and asked the Prime Minister to forgive her.

She said she still stands by the PTOA mission and slogan they used while campaigning during the 2017 snap election – “Te tau tu’u fakataha ka tau ikuna.” (We stand together so that we succeed)

She told the Prime Minister he has appointed MP Losaline Mā’asi to replace her and she has wholeheartedly supported the new Minister.

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