Court rules on ENB top job wrangle

The National Court yesterday made two rulings regarding the case of the ENB Provincial Administrator's position.

The case has pitted longtime Administrator Aquila Tubal against senior officer Wilson Matava.

The court ruled yesterday that the appointment of Matava as acting Provincial Administrator stands until the 14th of August in accordance with the national gazettal notice signed by the Governor-General.

The court also found that former provincial administrator Aquila Tubal had no legal standing to suspend Matava as Tubal's contract had already expired at the material time.

The court found that the Provincial Executive Council's resolution of 18th July to appoint Matava as permanent Provincial Administrator after the expiration of the gazettal notice date was in order.

Lawyer representing Matava, Anthony Waisi, told PNG Loop that the case was now adjourned to the 31st of July for submissions by lawyers on the court findings.

"Tubal's lawyers must now provide evidence to the court proving that Matava's appointment in the first place was improper and illegal. Otherwise the court's rulings will stand and Matava will be appointed accordingly,’’  Waisi told PNG Loop

Simon Kaumi Jr