Action must be taken on Manumanu COI: TIPNG

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is calling on Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to honour his promise to carry out the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the Manumanu land sale in Central Province.

Chairman of TIPNG, Lawrence Stephens, says TIPNG welcomes efforts to uncover facts and investigate alleged wrong doing.

“It is in the interest of the people of Papua New Guinea and particularly the people of Manumanu that the investigations be carried out immediately and those that are found to have acted fraudulently to be charged and face the courts.”

TIPNG, however, remains appalled by the long list of multiple COIs that have not yet been acted on and individuals named continue to enjoy impunity.  

“TIPNG insists our political leaders urgently act on the recommendations of these numerous COIs. To date, the outstanding number of CoI findings and the lack of actual enforcement of those findings and recommendations, has impacted negatively on the public confidence in the COI process. 

“Action taken will assist to restore the public confidence in the systems of Government. And where recommended, the Police and Public Prosecutor's Office must fulfil their duty and begin proceedings for offences committed.”

Stephens says over the years, the Government has assured the people of PNG of immediate actions but have failed to deliver on its promises.

“And the Manumanu land sale appears to be another questionable deal that has been concocted to enrich certain individuals with public funds," he states.

TIPNG hopes to see that the blatant injustice in the Manumanu land deal are thoroughly investigated and appropriate action taken against the perpetrators.

“TIPNG joins the wider community in calling on the PM to honour his word and ensure the people of Manumanu’s rights are respected.”

(Manumanu, Magabaira and Pinu landowners during a gathering last month against illegal grabbing of their customary lands)

Press release