Bribery claim ironic

Thursday August 16, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

There is much irony in electoral petitions, and none more than the petition currently being heard before the court against the CIP’s Albert Nicholas in the RAPPA constituency.


Teina Rongo of the Democratic Party is claiming bribery. The reason being that government paid for the outstanding power bill of a household in Avatiu. The house belongs to an elderly disabled lady whose breadwinner had left the household, leaving the elderly lady and her granddaughter to fend for themselves. The power bill rose to over $5000 and her power was on the verge of being disconnected. She had no way of settling this account.

So there you have it. As far as I know, this is the bribery case against Albert.

Another irony is that most, if not all of us, would have expected our government to step in and assist this lady as much as possible. As Cook Islanders, this our way of handling such situations. Politics is irrelevant.

Sadly, it appears that politics and the desire for power is blind by what seems to have been a legitimate action by our government to help an elderly lady who really needed a helping hand.

            Tangi Tikae

            (Name and address supplied)

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