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‘Captain Tama’ is a happy man

Thursday August 16, 2018 Written by Published in Politics
Thumbs up: Ngatangiia MP Tamaiva Tuavera of the Democratic Party was all smiles outside the High Court yesterday after the petition for his seat was dismissed by Chief Justice Hugh Williams. 18081545 Thumbs up: Ngatangiia MP Tamaiva Tuavera of the Democratic Party was all smiles outside the High Court yesterday after the petition for his seat was dismissed by Chief Justice Hugh Williams. 18081545

Tamaiva Tuavera was yesterday a relieved man after a petition involving the Ngatangiia seat, which he won in the June 14 election, was dismissed by Chief Justice Hugh Williams.

 

The petition, filed by Cook Islands Party’s Kaka Ama, was on the grounds of alleged bribery.

But Justice Williams said there was not enough evidence to prove Tuavera’s action was to induce people to vote for him. Democratic Party MP Tuavera, said the decision in the High Court was a huge relief to him, his family and his supporters, both here and abroad.

He also said there was no ill-feeling against his election opponent and petitioner Ama.

“There is no malice here, there are no bad feelings. Kaka and I have always been friends and (we) will probably be friends again,” Tuavera, widely known as “Captain Tama”, said. The Muri-based businessman said he could now fully concentrate on serving the people in his constituency for the next four years.

“I thank the Lord for the beautiful decision. I can now do my job properly from here on because I have said something to my people (about what) I’m going to do and I will do that now,” he said.

“The judge also mentioned I’m a generous person and have a history of (giving) from my heart. I will continue to do that to help the people in need.

“I will make sure I will do a good job for my people.”