Corruption

Former Solomons govt official convicted of corruption

The ruling on Friday is being hailed by local police as a significant result in the fight against corruption.

The charges relate to the embezzling of more than a million Solomon Islands dollars from 2014 to 2017 by John Murray, who was the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development.

This involved the ministry's use of a car rental company which Murray co-owned.

PNG urged to combat corruption and strengthen rule of law

This was made particularly in holding businesses accountable for the human rights impacts of their activities.

During a day-long visit to the country at the invitation of the government, the High Commissioner had meetings with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and other high-level officials, as well as the Chief Justice, Speaker of Parliament and civil society representatives from Port Moresby, Bougainville and the Highlands.

“I am deeply grateful to the Government for its invitation, which in itself shows a welcomed openness,” the High Commissioner said.

VIDEO: Holding silence accountable

Secretary for the Constitutional Law Reform Commission, Dr Eric Kwa, said this during his keynote address to auditors attending the 13th Annual Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors PNG Chapter.

He said under the ICAC Bill, any third party such as auditors who come across corrupt dealings but do not report it, will be prosecuted.

 

Cedric Patjole with more 

High corruption risks in several areas: Report

The report, which was launched today, has highlighted key areas that need to be addressed urgently to minimise the risk of corruption.

The report comes from TIPNG’s participation in a global research initiative called the Mining for Sustainable Development (M4SD) program.

TIPNG says the need to identify risks in the mining licence process is because the awards process is the start of the mining value chain and any effects of corruption there will be passed along, eventually impacting the country’s sustainable development.

TIPNG applauds Minister over Manumanu call

A call by the Lands Minister to rightly make the inquiry into the ‘Manumanu Land Deal’ a priority has been welcomed by Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) along with the advice that the Department of Lands and Physical has already provided information to the delayed Administrative Inquiry. 

Isoaimo questions Duma’s appointment

Peter Isoaimo said Hagen Open MP Duma is yet to answer to his people on the alleged land deal at Manumanu, where a K46 million transaction to relocate the PNG Defence Force took place without proper process.

In a statement, Isoaimo said a commission of inquiry was promised to his people but then downgraded to an administrative inquiry.

Central LOs condemn Duma’s appointment

In a statement, Gabadi-Manumanu Land Committee chairman, John Daroa, said: “This is because William Duma is under investigation in the controversial Manumanu land deal in Kairuku district while he was the minister for public enterprise and state investments in the last government.

“The outcome of the investigation by the police fraud squad, administrative inquiry and Ombudsman Commission is yet to be made public.”

Leaders urged to repent of their sins

The call was made by Reverend Joseph Walters, Body of Christ chairman, in a press conference today.

“2 Chronicles 7.14 says: ‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’”

Rev Walters, who was accompanied by other church leaders, says they feel it is timely and important for them to make some appeal to Papua New Guinea’s elected leaders, at a time when a new government is about to be formed.

Momis toughens up on corruption

ABG President, John Momis, made this statement as he addressed the Bougainville Economic Sectors Meeting yesterday.

“There are investors who are willing to invest on Bougainville but our public service machinery has to be organised to cater for the needs of these investors; we have to be ready to offer these investors information on political situation we are in, the economic climate that exists and other feasible ideas that entices the interests on would be investors,” Momis said.

Sacking of nine Defence staff worrying: TIPNG

Transparency International PNG says: “The nine staff reportedly spoke out about issues of maladministration, mismanagement and misappropriation within their department. 

“It is concerning to read about any threat, suspension or sacking of people who draw attention to illegality, whether it be real or alleged.  

“Witness accounts are powerful tools in exposing corruption, fraud and mismanagement. Raising the alert of authorities when corruption occurs, is an obligation for all public servants.”