Ugwalubu Mowana

PNGTA’s former caretaker administrator arrested

54-year-old Andric Yagro of Bogumatai village, Wewak district, East Sepik Province, was arrested on Nov 3 and charged with one count of abuse of office and misappropriating K138,226.10.

The funds he is alleged to have abused his office to misappropriate, belongs to the PNG Teachers Association.

This allegedly took place after he was appointed caretaker administrator on May 13,2016, by the Industrial Registrar. This was after the PNGTA General Secretary, Ugwalubu Mowana, was suspended over misappropriation allegations.

Mowana’s sexual assault case struck out

Mowana was arrested on May 9 over allegations of sexual assault in the work place that took place some three years ago. He first appeared in court on May 12.

The matter was struck out for want of prosecution after the investigating officer failed to produce investigation files within three months. It was also struck out after no information came to court regarding the progress of the investigations.

PNGTA president held for sexual assault

NCD Metropolitan police commander Ben Turi told Loop PNG that Mowana, who was picked up at his Gerehu residence this morning, was brought into the Gerehu station and questioned over allegations of sexual assault.

The complaint was laid last Saturday on an incident that stems from allegations that Mowana had indecently touched a female staff of his on more than one occasion.

Initially, the complaint was placed through the sexual offences squad at Boroko, which led to him being picked up by Gerehu-based Criminal Investigation Department officers.

Teachers association challenges TUC

This was the warning given by the PNG Teachers Association President Ugwalubu Mowana when speaking to media about what he termed was the irresponsible response given by the Trade Union Congress general secretary John Paska.

Paska was reacting to the issue of unions failing to pay the affiliation fees to the PNG Trade Union Congress.

Mowana expressed concern that the Congress was no longer functioning which is evident by the escalating issues that have never been advocated for by the TUC in the numerous public sector unions.