Sex scandal puts Tonga’s Democratic Party in the spotlight

The Leader of Tonga’s Democratic Party, ‘Akilisi Pohiva has launched an internal investigation into a claim that two of the Party’s members involved in a sex scandal.

The Party has not released the names of the two members and no disciplinary action reported.

The local Kele’a Newspaper said the duo have allegedly fathered children with two women respectively.

The report said such activity is a violation of the Democratic Party’s code of conduct and the memorandum of understanding signed by members since the Party was formally established in 2010.

Members have to behave with integrity and always to be seen as role models, it says.

Pohiva has always made it clear he would not tolerate seeing his colleagues failed to observe moral and professional behaviours while they are in the position to fight against any improprieties and corruptions made by government leaders. 

The news came after the Party formally lodged a complaint with the Prime Minister,  Lord Tu’ivakano over an allegation that his Deputy Hon Samiu Vaipulu  was involved in a sexual misconduct with one of the government’s women CEOs during  a cocktail party in Vava’u early this year. 

The Prime Minister declined to take action saying the Party failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove that his deputy committed such behaviour.

The Party previously warned that if the Prime Minister refused to take action on their complaint they would seek the king’s intervention.

Last year Pohiva became furious following a heated debate that broke out in Parliament between him and the Deputy Prime Minister. Pohiva told the  deputy to “shut his mouth” citing an accident that involved Hon Vaipulu with a lover.

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