Ombudsman Commission

Ombudsman Appointment Committee to meet next year

This comes after concerns were raised by Opposition Leader Don Polye who said the delay was worrying him.

The Prime Minister’s office says the meeting before Christmas was deferred as there was not a  quorum.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the appointment process must be independent of politics and it is “inappropriate’’ that the Opposition Leader continually tries to interfere in this process through the media and “his network’’.

Ombudsman team to celebrate 40th anniversary tomorrow

Acting Chief Ombudsman Phoebe Sangetari said the commission’s input into the community was one of the reasons for a reasonable degree of good governance and quality leadership in the country today.

“Forty years on despite whatever the challenges it has faced, it is fair to say the commission has lived up to its duties and responsibilities and the general expectations of it by the founding fathers of the nation and the people,” said Sangetari.

Micah’s second attempt to avoid tribunal

A similar order was refused by the National court earlier.

His lawyers Mal Varitimos (QC) and Nelson Saroa, argued that the Ombudsman Commission acted beyond its jurisdiction by not giving Micah the opportunity to respond to further investigation information after his first response in August 2014.

Varitomos said there were subsequent events that led to additional information through summons issued to the Managing Directors of IPBC and Grand Papua Hotel where the allegations arose.