THE Legislative Assembly today approved to refer the controversial Nuku’alofa Development Corporation report into a Parliamentary independent Committee.
Eight MPs voted in favour of a motion put forward by the Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Vaipulu defeating Tongatapu 1 constituency MP, ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s motion to refer the matter to the Finance and Public Accounts Committee.
Members will be selected from the Legislation and the Public Finance Accounts (PAC) Standing Committee chaired by Tongatapu 5 constituency MP, ‘Aisake Eke.
Heated debate had been ongoing since last month over the TOP$119 million loan fund from China.
Tongatapu 3 constituency MP, Dr. Sitiveni Halapua who co-authored the 174 paged report maintained there was a significant misappropriations and embezzlement of public funds up to TOP$16 million.
The NDC Committee maintains the report should be referred for further investigation by the Court.
However Government MPs are adamant there was no money missing and therefore call on the House to approve the report and noted its recommendations.
The NDC report was first read in the House on September 3rd, 2012.