Transparency International PNG (TIPNG)

Law students on TIPNG internship program

Third and fourth year Law Students; Rhonda Tevlone, Melvia Lyandenge and Alois Sinen, officially joined TIPNG’s LIP on December 2nd for an internship which will continue from December through to February.

TIPNG Executive Director, Arianne Kassman, welcomed the interns during their orientation on Monday, adding that their input over the next eight weeks would not only be crucial in reinforcing the functions of TIPNG, but would also provide them with a unique opportunity for growth as legal professionals.

TIPNG set to observe B’ville polling stations

TIPNG has received accreditation from the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) to field their Observers during the week of polling from 25th-29th November in North and Central Bougainville.

“The observers have been briefed by TIPNG and will be fielded next week, with six observers in Buka and five observers in Arawa.

New chairman for TIPNG

Though not new to the position, Aitsi has been involved with TIPNG since 1999. He also served as chairman from 2008 to 2010.

Also elected was the Secretary, Michelle Hau’ofa, Treasurer Akae Beach and directors, Brian Alois, Belinda Kanau, Evah Kuamin, Philip Samar, Mary Udu, Jerome Sesega, Lawrence Stephens, Michael McWalter, Christopher Elphick, Philip Samar, Paul Barker and Richard Kassman.

The 2018 audited financial report was also presented at the AGM.

PM Marape reminded of anti-rot initiatives

“Prime Minister Marape introduced governance reforms within the Department of Finance when he was Minister, such as the Integrated Finance Management System (IFMS), the establishment of a new National Procurement Commission and the innovative Phones Against Corruption initiative whereby citizens can text reports of corruption to the 16321 SMS service,” said TIPNG in their statement.

Working closely with the state

This is to ensure that the Government is more open and accessible to the people to ensure quality service delivery.

As part of its role as CSO Co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Papua New Guinea, TIPNG coordinated a CSO update meeting earlier this week at its office in Boroko, National Capital District.

The meeting was attended by representatives from The Voice Inc, Oxfam PNG, the Goroka District Office and the PNG Forest Certification Inc, who offered suggestions on how best to implement Papua New Guinea’s National Action Plan 2018 -2020.

Legal aid outreach in EHP

TIPNG encouraged the people of Goroka town to report corruption to its Advocacy & Legal Advice Center (ALAC).

The ALAC is a community service that gives free legal advice and assistance to people report instances of corruption that they encounter.

“TIPNG strongly believes that an important part of the fight against corruption is for victims or witnesses of corruption to speak out and report corruption,” said the anti-rot agency.

Corruption complaints that were registered in Goroka will be receiving free legal assistance from TIPNG through:

Transparency on APEC vehicles’ procurement demanded

In a media statement, TIPNG is calling for the Government and APEC Authority to publicly disclose the total cost involved in the purchase of the Maserati and Bentley vehicles and to demonstrate their compliance with public procurement processes.

TIPNG said this in response to public condemnation of the purchase of 40 Maserati sports cars which were delivered last week and other luxury vehicles.

Deferral of LLG elections ‘unconstitutional’

“The justification that funds set aside for the conduct of the LLG Election need to be used for settling outstanding allowances to Councilors is deplorable,” said Chairman of TIPNG, Lawrence Stephens.

“It indicates that it is the Government’s view that Constitutional Rights can be violated on the basis of poor fiscal management by state agencies.”

Deferral of LLG elections is unconstitutional: TIPNG

It is TIPNG's view that the deferral of the LLG Elections is a breach of the constitution. Deferral of the LLG elections to hold them later is a complete denial of statutory and constitutional responsibilities which is not consistent with the leadership that the people of Papua New Guinea deserve.

The spirit of the constitution is that National & Local Elections should have concurrent terms. 

Suspend Koloma: TIPNG

Roko Koloma is being investigated by the Royal PNG Constabulary Fraud Squad.

TIPNG has made this call after media reports that Koloma is being sought by the police in regards to a discrepancy of more than K24 million in the NSO accounts after the Department of Finance conducted an audit investigation in 2017.