Category Archives: Corruption

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.

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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

Public urged to be wary of conduct during polls

By: National – 5th May 2017

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says the way Papua New Guineans conduct themselves during the general election will impact greatly on the country’s image abroad.

He told the National Broadcasting Commission radio talkback show yesterday that people should be wary of their conduct because the world was watching PNG as it gears up to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit next year.
“Apart from allowing our people to have their say on who their leaders should be, what we have to be mindful of is that the international community is watching us,” O’Neill said.

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“That (Apec) is another 12 months away after the election.
“So we have to be careful what sort of image we are going to portray to the world.
“Is Papua New Guinea a country that is progressive, stable, growing and developing enough to stand up to the scrutiny of the world that is going to be here in 2018?
“That’s the strong message that we have to send to the international community.
“We have got observers coming to PNG to observe the elections.
“Most of them are from Apec member countries as well.
“They will go back and send reports to their governments and leaders that Papua New Guinea is not ready, or Papua New Guinea is ready.
“That’s the sort of message that they will take back.
“We want them to take back positive messages of PNG.”

NCD Regional candidates collaborating to unseat Parkop

May 1, 2017Report by MEROLYN TEN
The majority of candidates contesting in the NCD regional seat intend to work together purposely to remove the sitting MP and Governor Powes Parkop.
At a gathering last Friday in Port Moresby, four candidates including Michael Kandiu, Jamie Maxtone-Graham, James Melegepa and Vamaga Stow voiced their election intentions particularly to bring forth a huge challenge against Mr Parkop.
“We will be working as a team against Mr Parkop as we are dissatisfied with the developments seeing that people have no home and are still living in poverty,” said Mr Kandiu.
He said with the kind of funds NCD receives, by now all settlements should be transformed into suburban areas.


“Why are people in the squatter settlements and villages of Motu-Koitabu still using toilet pits, no power supply and some are still fetching water from a long distance for survival?” he queried.
“It is unfair to see our own people have been evicted from places which they call their homes, and where they have been settling for decades. Land have been taken by force and given to Asians to do small trade stores which Papua New Guineas should be doing,” he said.
Mr Melegepa added that the city truly needs to be fundamentally changed so that people could no longer live in poverty.

Stow said small men and women who have been voting leaders into power must be part and parcel of the development in the city and they must feel the impact of the positive development.
“It is a total joke to host a big event like the APEC meeting when people are still living in poverty. We have to look at our people’s need and fix them before going out. If it means for us to cancel the 2018 APEC meeting and focus on people then we should do that,” said Mr Maxtone-Graham.

During a telephone correspondence yesterday afternoon, Mr Parkop referred to those concerns as ‘Wannabe leaders promoting negativity’.
“It is sad for people like Jamie Maxtone-Graham, who has been rejected in the past elections, to come preach here. We should talk about solutions and great vision for our city,” Mr Parkop said.

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