Category Archives: Corruption

K8 Billion in Trust Accounts Missing – O’Neill

By: Freddy Mou – PNG Loop
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called for a full audit into the K8 billion in surpluses that was parked in trust accounts under the Somare Government.

He said the people of Papua New Guinea need to know what happened to the fund.

“Eight billion Kina that belongs to the people of Papua New Guinea went missing,” claimed the PM.

“When we took over, there was almost zero balance in Government accounts. That is why we had to go into deficit budget to build new infrastructure around the country, to pay for our school fees, and to pay for our hospitals that our people deserve.”

However, National Alliance Party campaign director and former IPBC Minister, Arthur Somare, said O’Neill is ignorant of facts in claiming that “massive theft” of K8 billion had occurred from Trust Accounts built up from surplus budgets between 2005 and 2010.

Somare said it was impossible that O’Neill was ignorant of the facts because the status of the Trust Accounts was disclosed by him in his capacity as Treasurer in November 2010 when he presented the 2011 National Budget in Parliament.

“In the budget, O’Neill had quantified the total amounts that had flowed into the Trust Accounts in that six-year period as totaling K4.57 billion, with approved expenditures amounting to K3.6 billion.

“The totality of surplus funds never exceeded K5 billion so how would it be possible to steal K8 billion.”

Meanwhile, O’Neill said the nation is moving beyond the damage of the lost decade of the Morauta and Somare Governments, and one day the theft of the past will be revealed.

“In the next Parliament we will continue to investigate the missing billions of the Somare and Morauta Governments,” he stated.

No Foul Play 

By: Post Courier June 19, 2017

Social media rumour-mongering reared its ugly head last week in Manus, forcing election officials under police supervision to open up two containers for scrutineers to observe the physical conditions of ballot boxes inside.

Police and elections officials there said persistent rumours about alleged tampering of ballot boxes inside the containers spread over social media, causing tension and concern within the community.

They said the rumours quickly spread like wild fire from when Prime Minister Peter O’Neill left provincial capital Lorengau, following a campaign rally he held there for his PNC candidates last week.

As a result, Manus election manager Sponsor Navi, and Provincial Police Commander David Yapu, organised and invited all the candidates’ scrutineers to witness and see for themselves the condition of the containers and their contents.

Mr Navi said this was deliberately done to dispel the unfounded allegations.
Scrutineers were given the opportunity to inspect the two containers under close police supervision.

One container, shipped from Port Moresby, was secured with padlocks which were cut open using a bolt cutter.

The other, used as storage for election materials, was air freighted to Momote airport, and taken to Lorengau police station under heavy joint security forces escort.

“There is no foul play and your presence today will confirm that for us to complete our mandated duties for a fair and clean election,” Mr Yapu and Mr Navi told supporters and scrutineers.

Mr Yapu warned users of social media to be responsible for what they post for the general public’s consumption.

Officials there hope the physical inspection has put to rest any concerns arising from the social media allegations.

Meanwhile, the first polling teams and materials will be dispatched to the remote Aua, Wuvulu and Nigoherm LLG on Thursday by the security forces.

106 Districts Fail to Aquit K1.1 Billion

May 31, 2017

BY MICHAEL ARNOLD

A total of 106 provinces and districts have failed to acquit for the funding that they received from the disbursement of SIP funding last year.

Reports from the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) have shown that out of the 22 provinces and 89 districts in PNG, only five have submitted their acquittals and annual reports for the K1.11 billion released for the District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) and Provincial Services Improvement Program (PSIP) last year.

Only 5 out of 106 have acquitted for SIP funds

According to DIRD acting deputy secretary, Aihi Vaki, there has been a steep decline in the submission of annual reports and acquittals for DSIP and PSIP funding over the past four years.

“In 2013, we had 92 acquittals submitted and 19 not submitted. In 2014, we had 75 submitted and 36 not submitted. In 2015 we had 36 submitted and 75 not submitted and this year we have only received five so far. So you can now see the trend is that over this period, the acquittals and the level of reporting is dropping,” said Mr Vaki

“Although we have seen some development since the DSIP program was first implemented in the 2008 National Budget, irregular payments, and the non-submission of annual reports and acquittals have made both the DSIP and PSIP increasingly difficult to manage.

“It is not the sitting members fault. This is supposed to be the district administrators’ responsibility. But as the chairpersons of their respective District Development Authority (DDA) boards, they need to push for submission of acquittals because we need those reports,” Mr Vaki said.

It has become readily apparent that more stringent and transparent measures need to be taken in order to account for the sheer mass of funding that is being drawn down for DSIP and PSIP funding every year.

Tax payers deserve to know where their money is going and whether or not they are directly benefitting from it.

Give Pangu just 100 days

May 26, 2017 – BY MATTHEW VARI

Pangu Party vows to rid corruption in PNG in first 100 days in office

A Pangu Party-led government will prosecute corrupt leaders in its first 100 days in office.

Pangu leader Sam Basil told the media yesterday he would ensure that all outstanding investigated cases against leaders, both at the parliamentary and bureaucratic level, were dealt with.

Corruption cases would be pursued vigorously and some leaders may face jail time, Mr Basil, who is Bulolo MP, said.

He said the state of the economy was also high on the 100-day agenda if the voters put Pangu in office to form government.

Pangu Party, the oldest political party in PNG, has been a bitter opponent of the Peter O’Neill coalition government for the past five years.

“When we get into power and we find out where we are, we will announce our 100 days. Our 100 days will be very harsh,” Mr Basil said.

“All the outstanding cases and all the other issues about corruption, we have to deal with them to move forward, we cannot ignore them.”

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“I don’t have the right to send people to jail, but what I mean is that we will make sure that everyone who has cases will have to answer for them.”

He said at the rate the country continues to borrow while in a caretaker government mode, does not bode well for an incoming government after the National Election.

“Our problem is the economy. We have to find out where our debt is so we can chart a way forward.”

“We have to make sure that we know how many loans we have, because we do not really know now. We are guessing K45 billion.”

Mr Basil said apart from both key undertakings, Pangu will also look to ensure Independent Commission Against Corruption gets first preference to be legislated.

“We want to announce many things that we want to do now, first of all we have bring back the taskforce and legislate ICAC.

“To make sure that ICAC comes into operation, Sam Koim will be brought back and he will start doing his job again. This is one of the things that we have failed to do.”

Onshore Processing for Fish and Logs – O’Neill

By: PNGloop – 15 May 2017

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has announced that plans are afoot to ensure all fish and logs resources are processed on shore.

Speaking during the Australia-Papua New Guinea Business Council Forum in Port Moresby today, O’Neill said it is the Government’s intention to have on-shore and downstream processing facilities for both the fisheries and logging sectors.

He said less than 25 percent of all fish caught in PNG waters were processed in PNG, meaning the country was losing out on around K350 million per annum.
“Today, I want to announce that we are reviewing all the agreements that we have with all the fishing companies and of course, the agreement with all the fishing processing companies in Papua New Guinea so they can comply with the agreements that we have,” the PM said.

“Our plan is that all the fish caught in Papua New Guinea must be processed here or on the very least, processed on shore.”
O’Neill added that all log exports will cease by 2020, with all logs to be locally processed.
He said this will create more businesses and employment opportunities for locals.


“All timber cut in Papua New Guinea must be processed on-shore. And we will work closely with companies who are already operating in Papua New Guinea in ensuring that this particular industry produces enough through the downstream processing opportunities that can enable the growth of housing industry and construction industry in our country,” said O’Neill.
O’Neill reiterated the government’s commitment to improving the business environment through investments in infrastructure.
He said this will pave the way from the government to broaden economic base and not rely on the resource sector, which is often subject to a ‘boom and bust’ cycle.

PNG needs training for elite rapid response team for APEC 2018 – Baki 

ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARYMEDIA RELEASE

Monday May 15, 2017

Commissioner of Police Gari Baki said today that the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary is currently engaged in discussions with an American based security company, Laurence Aviation & Security Group, to train an elite rapid response team for APEC 2018 and for ongoing policing into the future.

Commissioner Baki made this comment following speculations made in an internet blog site over the engagement of the Americans. He confirmed that the Americans referred to in the blog site were from the Laurence Aviation & Security Group.

Laurence Aviation & Security Group is an American based company that offers high-end security solutions to its customers globally including the United States Government. It is staffed by former American military and police personnel.

“I was approached by the president of the company, Mr Peter Halliman around July last year. He was offering his company’s services to the RPNGC. Mr Halliman is an American citizen but he was born in Bulolo in 1961 and grew up in the Lake Kopiago/Koroba area of the Hela Province. His parents were Baptist missionaries.

“As the Commissioner of Police and Commander of the APEC 2018 Joint Task Force I have been concerned at our response capability should we be faced with serious security threats such as a hostage situation for instance.

“I invited Laurence Aviation & Security Group to come to PNG in February this year to do a presentation for the senior police hierarchy on what they can offer to the RPNGC in terms of training.


“Other government departments were invited to attend the presentation including the PNG Defence Force, the Correctional Services and PNG Customs. As a matter of formality I wrote to the United States Embassy informing the embassy of the RPNGC’s intentions.

“Following the presentation I decided that the company had the necessary credentials, skills, experience and expertise to train an elite rapid response team for PNG which I intend to set up especially for APEC 2018,” Commissioner Baki said.

He said the team will consist of 120-men who will be recruited from the units within the RPNGC and sister agencies including:

· 30 from the RPNGC’s Air Tactical Unit;

· 30 selected from the Mobile Squads throughout PNG;

· 30 members of the NCD Task Force; and

· 30 composite team comprising of five from the Police College, five from PNG Customs, ten from the PNG Correctional Service and 10 from the PNG Defence Force.

Laurence Aviation & Security Group has proposed a five months (140 days) training for the elite rapid response team. A team of 15 instructors from Laurence Aviation & Security Group are expected in be in country for the training program once the engagement is confirmed.
Mr Baki said the 15 LASG personnel have been appointed Special Constables and this will continue for the duration of the training period.
“Two of the members of LASG have been in the country since February and I authorized them to go on day and night patrols with teams from the NCD Command, especially the NCD Task Force to assess and appreciate their operational capabilities and shortfalls. If they are going to be training our men they need to know what our response capabilities are,” Commissioner Baki said.
He said that during the attachment the LASG team has made a number of observations which will now be addressed in the training package as well such as:

· A lack of supervision and command and control at the station and street level;

· A lack of proper police equipment including uniforms;

· A prevalence or high instances of police human rights abuse; and

· A general lack of knowledge of and or adherence to set police practices, processes and procedures.
Mr Baki said the LASG personnel have been stood down following the short attachment with the NCD Police. He said that the company’s future engagement will be only on a training basis and not active operational duties. However, the training will involve both classroom as well as practical hands on training at the police station/street levels.
“I have purposely included five instructors from the Police College in the initial training as I want them to take back what will be learnt during this training program back to the college.
“I believe LASG can and will help the RPNGC to improve its policing services during and beyond APEC 2018. We need this intervention and we need it now,” Commissioner Baki concluded.

Serve PNG with compassion: Somare

BY: Annette Kora
May 11, 2017

Somare encouraged the police force to have compassion and love as they serve the people of PNG.

Speaking during his Royal PNG Constabulary farewell yesterday, he said like members of parliament, the work of the disciplinary forces has to be undertaken in respect to the rule of law.

Following the rule of law will determine if we can advance as a nation or collapse into mayhem and lawlessness.

“We have to uphold the law as prescribed by our constitution and must be given the same respect like all others.”

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Somare urged all police men and women in the country to take pride in their work; with real conviction and real service to the community.

He reminded officers that his father, Ludwig Sana, was also a policeman for a very long time and as his son growing up, he was very proud of his father being a policeman.

“I want you young people to preserve the tradition that is being served by our forefathers and it’s a great thing to be of service to the people,” said the Grand Chief.

“Honour your careers as there are young people who watch you and would want to follow your footsteps in the future.”

Acknowledging the 2017 general elections operations, Somare urged all police men and women to serve the country well to allow for a free, fair and safe election, adding that he cannot emphasize enough the importance of the forces’ role in this year’s election.

“You owe the future generation of our country to uphold the law,” he said

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