Suspended Hela PA goes to court

Suspended Hela Provincial Administrator William Bando has gone before the Waigani National Court with an urgent application seeking reinstatement to his position.

Bando who is also the Chairman of the Hela Election Steering Committee is challenging his suspension due to the urgency of the upcoming election.

His lawyer went to court yesterday and again today, but was unable to move the urgent application because the state was short served the application and counsels with the files did not appear in court.

He is asking the court to set aside his suspension.

Presiding Judge Les Gavara-Nanu said despite the urgency of the matter, the state has to be heard too in the leave application because it concerns the Provincial Executive Council and the minister for Public Service Commission.

Justice gavara-Nanu adjourned the matter to sometime next week.

Bando was suspended from office with full pay on April 12. He was suspended over allegations he refused to release payment of K7.9m and K500,000 respectively to “Certain individuals” as per directions on March 3.

He was appointed as Hela Provincial Administrator on 21 June 2016. His term was for a period of for years.


Sally Pokiton