Kerevat National High school

Half done job at Kerevat National high: Report

The K7.9 million contract awarded to SWT was to rehabilitate boys and girls dormitories, ablution blocks, water supply and sewerage systems.

Justice George Manuhu, in his ruling, said those works were incomplete and substandard. He was making reference to a report by Elliot Kadir which was brought to the attention of the Waigani National Court during the trial against director and shareholder of SWT, Eremas Wartoto.

Lelang and Kimmins recommended for prosecution

Sarakolok West Transport (SWT) is owned by Eremas Wartoto and was given the contract for the renovation of facilities at the Kerevat National High school in November of 2008.

He was found guilty of misusing K6.4 million of that K7.9 million between January 29, 2009 and January 20, 2010.

Justice George Manuhu sentenced Wartoto to 10 years in prison with hard labor on Friday.

He said Wartoto’s downfall was a mixture of stupidity on his part, lack of due diligence and a lot of illegal help from the Department of National Planning & Monitoring.

Wartoto: Consider health in sentence

He told the court he is willing to repay any amount deemed fit by the court as his penalty.

Wartoto returned before Justice George Manuhu today where he was given the opportunity to address the court on what sentence he thinks the court should impose on him.

He apologised to the court and the State for the resources used to conduct the trial which resulted in his guilty verdict on March 29.

UPNG registrar recalls 39 years of friendship with ‘Cath’

These were the words of UPNG Registrar, Jennifer Popat, when paying tribute to her friend and sister she met in 1977 when they were students at Kerevat National High School, the late Justice Catherine Davani.

“She lived her life to the fullest and today’s attendance is a testament of the life she lived,” she told those who gathered at the funeral mass of the late Judge.

Their friendship started back in 1977, Justice Davani, whom she referred to as ‘Cath’ in her tribute, was a year ahead of Popat, doing her year 12 at Kerevat.

State to call 20 witnesses in Wartoto trial

Lawyers from the Public Prosecutors office indicated 20 witnesses are expected for the trial which began yesterday into the misuse of the Kerevat National High school renovation funds.

The funds amount to K7.9 million that were paid to Sarakolok West Transport (SWT), a company that Wartoto was the Managing Director of in 2009. 

The trial started with its first two witnesses called yesterday. Both witnesses were former teaching staff of the Kerevat National High school.