Sosefo Fe‘aomoeata Vakata

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Sosefo Fe‘aomoeata Vakata
Minister for Public Enterprises
In office
2 February 2013 – 30 December 2014
Prime Minister Lord Tuʻivakano
Preceded by Clive Edwards
Succeeded by Poase Tei
Minister for Revenue
In office
1 May 2012 – 2 February 2013
Prime Minister Lord Tuʻivakano
Preceded by Sunia Fili
Succeeded by Sifa Tuʻutafaiva
Minister for Training, Employment, Youth and Sports
In office
4 January 2011 – 1 May 2012
Prime Minister Lord Tuʻivakano
Preceded by Lord Tuʻivakano
Succeeded by Lord Vaea
Member of Parliament
for Niua 17
Assumed office
25 November 2010
Preceded by Sione ‘Iloa[1]
Majority 19.0%
Personal details
Political party Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands, then
Independent

Sosefo Fe‘aomoeata Vakata (born 13 February 1969[2]) is a Tongan politician and member of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga. He is a former member of the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Queensland, and also has an IRB Level 2 Rugby Coaching Certificate; he lists coaching rugby as one of his hobbies.[2] He "taught at Tonga High School for many years", then worked as a civil servant, holding the positions of radio licensing officer and outer islands project manager, then communications engineer, at the Ministry of Information and Communications.[3]

Vakata was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the first time when he won the seat of Ongo Niua 17 in the November 2010 general election as a candidate for the Democratic Party, defeating incumbent independent MP Sione ‘Iloa. On 8 December 2010 it was reported that he had withdrawn his support from the Democratic party and become an independent, and would support a noble candidate as Prime Minister.[2][4]

At the start of January 2011, when newly elected Prime Minister Lord Tuʻivakano formed his Cabinet, Vakata was appointed Minister for Training, Employment, Youth and Sports.[5] On 1 May 2012, he reshuffled to the position of Minister for Revenue.[6][7]

In July 2012, Vakata was accused of mis-using government funds allocated to him for expenses during a trip to Australia which was later cancelled. He denied the allegations, but repaid the money.[8]

In February 2013, he was reshuffled to the position of Minister of Public Enterprises.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Niua 17 was technically a new constituency on that date, but corresponded exactly to the boundaries of the previous electoral constituency for the Niuas.
  2. ^ a b c Biography of Sosefo Vakata on the website of the Tongan Parliament
  3. ^ "Hon. Fe'ao Vakata, Youth, Sports & Training Minister", Tonga government portal, 17 January 2011
  4. ^ "Nobles now more likely to form next Tonga government". Radio New Zealand International. 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  5. ^ "First meeting of Tonga's new Cabinet", Matangi Tonga, 5 Jan 2011
  6. ^ "Four Cabinet Ministers to be reshuffled on May 1", Matangi Tonga, 20 April 2012
  7. ^ "Tonga government names ministers", Radio New Zealand International, 15 April 2012
  8. ^ "Tonga Cabinet Minister denies misuse of government funds, but repays money". Radio New Zealand International. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  9. ^ "Sifa Tu'utafaiva, new Minister of Police and Revenue", Matangi Tonga, 4 February 2013