THE Acting Prime Minister, Samiu Vaipulu told the Legislative Assembly this morning that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of the Tonga Rugby Union Board (TRUB) last Saturday tendered his resignation.
In relating the news to the House, Hon. Vaipulu said in his resignation Mr. Tuckey stated “that despite the racial call from Parliament for him to step down, he could stand it but he resigned over his fall out with the ‘Ikale Tahi coach.
”According to Hon. Vaipulu, Mr. Tuckey left Tonga Saturday night.
The Acting PM was also grateful that Mr. Tuckey resigned over his differences with the coach and simply not because of a direction from Parliament. Before their game against Fiji at the weekend the ‘Ikale Tahi team called on the Legislative Assembly not to replace the Chairman of Tonga Rugby Union Board (TRUB) Bob Tuckey, because of the great work he had done for the team.
This came after the Whole House Committee approved by 13 votes to four to give the Honourable Finance Minister Sunia Fili a mandate to appoint a new Chairman and a Deputy of the Board.
The issue was prompted when parliamentarians debated a report by the Selective Committee for Rugby that was submitted for consideration by Parliament last week.
The Acting Prime Minister also asks Parliament to defer any debate on the matter until the Honourable Prime Minister arrives in Tonga at 11am today.
Hon. Vaipulu adds this is to allow the PM and the Finance Minister to work in complying with the law for the appointment of a new CEO and Chairman of the TRUB.