Kua also commended the appointment of Sam Koim, former Task Force Sweep head, as Counsel assisting the COI.
He says former Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia comes to this job with a substantial experience and integrity and would do an excellent job in the Inquiry.
He dismissed any insinuations of bias on the part of the former Chief Justice in this appointment, especially those raised by former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
Kua says Sir Salamo is a very experienced Judge and knows enough to compartmentalise issues.
“He has been doing that for over 20 years as a Judge and Chief Justice of the National and Supreme Courts every day in the cases that he had overseen during that period,” the Minister said in a statement.
“If there was a potential conflict of interest, he would have said so already prior to accepting this engagement. That is how experienced the former Chief Justice is.
“Where he does not see a potential conflict of interest then he must be given the benefit of any doubt. We have to learn to trust his judgment.”