Alfred Manasseh

Kandep trial continues

The Kandep open seat was one of those hot seats from the 2017 National General Election which not only saw disruptions during counting but lives lost as well.

The election petition trial over the Kandep open seat commenced on Monday July 13 and will run through to August 31.

Petitioner Don Polye will present his evidence through witnesses to support his allegations over the first 10 days of the trial before the Electoral Commission and sitting MP, Manasseh, present their case.

Polye has 56 witnesses listed to be called. Four gave evidence in court on Monday. 

New Goroka airport terminal will open: Minister

The facility was officially opened in May.

Civil Aviation Minister, Alfred Manasseh, confirmed this today in Parliament when asked by Goroka MP Henry Ame to explain the delay.

Ame raised this concern after finding out from the staff of Air Niugini in Goroka that the high cost of rental from the National Civil Aviation Authority has been stopping them from moving to the new building.

He said the terminal had already been officially opened but yet to be used, jokingly saying the mosquitoes and other insects might already be occupying the building.

Kandep petition goes to trial

The National Court yesterday delivered its ruling on two objection motions filed by sitting MP, Alfred Manasseh, and the Electoral Commission.

The court found there are valid grounds to test the allegations at trial.

The petition will proceed to trial after it survived two motions challenging its competency.

Eight of the 10 grounds pleaded in the petition will go for trial. 

Manasseh attends Pre-Cop summit

The meeting commenced on November 16th and ended on Wednesday, November 18th 2017.

The Pre-COP meeting is the informal Ministerial level meeting prior to the main United Nations Climate Change Meeting (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany in November.

Manasseh also participated at the Pacific Small Islands Developing States (PSIDS) consultation on 16 October 2017.

Revenue making top priority: Minister

Civil Aviation Minister Alfred Manase, on behalf of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, made this statement at the opening of the Lae Biscuit Company’s second factory last Friday.

He said investments such as the opening of second factory are the kind of investment that the Government is looking for.

Manase added that these types of investments would also increase revenue for the country, create more employment opportunities and reduce imports that can help address the foreign currency issue currently faced by the country.

Manasseh clears air on Kandep

He said as leaders, it’s their responsibility to make sure such incidents did not happen.

In an exclusive interview with Loop PNG, Manasseh said a proper channel for Polye to follow is take the matter to court instead of inciting tensions and fights that were affecting innocent lives.

He claimed that the tribal fights occurred between the supporters of Polye and the provincial administrator and had nothing to do with him or his supporters.

“We don’t need tribal fights but leadership that will bring services like basic health and education.”