Transparency International PNG

2019 Walk Against Corruption launched

The theme of this year’s walk is Justice = Enforcement + Reporting. Through the theme, TIPNG wants to draw people’s attention to how corruption affects the quality and accessibility of justice but at the same time, show national solidarity in the laws and institutions that we have in Papua New Guinea that ensure justice.

The Walk Against Corruption will be led by the Secretary of the Department of Justice & Attorney General, Dr Eric Kwa, Deputy Police Commissioner Operations, Jim Andrews and Acting Correctional Service Commissioner, Stephen Pokanis.

Proposed incentive ‘a double-dipping exercise’

This follows NCD metropolitan superintendent, Perou N’Dranou’s announcement, that officers will get monetary incentive for the number of monthly arrests this year.

In a statement, TIPNG says it is of the strong view that the police hierarchy need to focus on the real issues affecting the force rather than paying incentives to police officers in NCD for something they swore an oath to and are already being paid to do.

TIPNG calls for full NID investigative report

This follows the suspension of former head of NSO, Roko Koloma, and the establishment of an investigation team into the NID project.

“In welcoming these positive steps taken by the Minister, TIPNG strongly feels that there is still much to be concerned about in terms of public interest and accountability of public funds apparently splurged on this project,” stated the anti-rot agency.

Electoral Roll update and verification be prioritised

 This was one the recommendations by Transparency International PNG’s observation report on the 2017 National General Elections at the state of the pacific conference, held in Canberra Australia.

Executive Director of TIPNG, Arianne Kassman, was part of a panel focused on the 20-17 National General Elections in PNG, together with the Australian National University Observer team.  

TIPNG to launch campaigns

The 21st anniversary will also see the launch of three important TIPNG campaigns for 2018.

TIPNG is commemorating its 21st anniversary by launching the three campaigns to carry out in 2018 at their NCD office, one of which is the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

TIPNG, as part of the ICAC technical working group and through partnership with the Department of Justice & Attorney General, will be advocating for the enabling legislation for ICAC to be tabled and enacted by Parliament.

TIPNG welcomes CSTB's move on fair play

“It is not easy for the public service to follow procedures established to protect the interests of the people and the rights of qualified suppliers to compete fairly to provide goods and services," said TIPNG Chairman, Lawrence Stephens.

Since 2013, TI PNG through its Community Coalition Against Corruption, consistently asked for an investigation into the award of the contract to Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals after tendering rules were changed and the company was awarded a contract which cost the people of Papua New Guinea nearly K100 million.

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LO suggests a brothel for ‘hyper active refugees’

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/lo-suggests-brothel-%E2%80%98hyper-active-refugees%E2%80%99-51652

One way to deal with the issues of these sexually frustrated asylum seekers would be to allow for a brothel.

UPNG undergoes major infrastructure development

Sacking of nine Defence staff worrying: TIPNG

Transparency International PNG says: “The nine staff reportedly spoke out about issues of maladministration, mismanagement and misappropriation within their department. 

“It is concerning to read about any threat, suspension or sacking of people who draw attention to illegality, whether it be real or alleged.  

“Witness accounts are powerful tools in exposing corruption, fraud and mismanagement. Raising the alert of authorities when corruption occurs, is an obligation for all public servants.”

CCAC: PNG is facing a constitutional crisis

The CCAC which is co-chaired by Transparency International PNG met with the Media Council last week to discuss national issues.

“The CCAC does not accept the closure of the National Fraud & Anti-Corruption Directorate by the Police Commissioner.

“It cannot be seen as coincidental that, immediately following court decisions regarding the work of senior police officers, action was taken to close down the office and place it under siege by police officers who do not appear to understand the implications of their actions.

TI’s advocacy and legal centre, a service to the public

Program Lawyer for Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre Natasha Utubasi says lack of transparency is when information is not made relevant and accessible to the masses.

She says that ALAC statistics collected in the first quarter of 2016 reflect continuous public distrust in state agencies and this should prompt the public sector to take strict measures to crack down on systematic corruption and promote greater efficiency in their services.