TLA Public Statement

01 May 2021


To All Stakeholders & Partners,


Official Statement from Tonga Leitis Association

On behalf of Tonga Leitis Association Patron, Hon. Salote Lupepau’u Tuita Taione and its members, it is with deep sorrow that I wish to inform you of the passing of our President, Mr. Polikalepo Kefu, today 1st May 2021.

Poli, as he has known to many of us, was a selfless humanitarian and a tireless advocate for the rights of those with diverse sexual orientatations, gender identities and gender expressions.

Tonga Police are currently investigating Poli's death and the circumstances surrounding it. It appears that Poli was a victim of a very violent attack. We vehemently hope that those responsible will be swiftly brought to justice.

In continuing the work of which Poli was very much committed, I wish to inform you that Cruella Tuinukuafe will assume the responsibilities of the TLA President in the interim until we are able to convent a special General Meeting.

We will share on our Facebook page any information relating to Poli's funeral once his family has finalised any arrangements. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time for them.

In these dark and troubling times, we are reminded of Poli's light and positive energy, and we encouraged knowing that this is when we are most needed to continue our work.

Thank you for your continued support.


"Justice For Poli"


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Cruella Tu’inukuafe

Vice-President of Tonga Leitis Association


Phone: +67628806

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