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Juffa Condemns Killing Of Young Woman

Oro Governor Gary Juffa Has Condemned The Killing Of An Innocent Young Woman From Enga Accused Of Sorcery-Related Crimes.

 

 


Oro Governor Gary Juffa has condemned the killing of an innocent young woman from Enga accused of sorcery-related crimes.

 

“Many who were there or who had relatives there including a few womenfolk, have totally endorsed this horrible crime and some have even gone as far as posting the photos declaring the crime as if justice had been carried out,” he said.

 

“Our collective silence, especially that of leaders such as myself and others including churches and NGOs only endorses these vile crimes,” said Juffa.

 

He added that as leaders of ENGA Province the onus of them to speak out against this is vital. I urge my fellow Governor Peter IPATAS especially to stand up against this and see that actions are taken to bring the criminals responsible to face justice.

Central Command Launch Christmas And New Year Police Operations

 


BY LYNETTE KIL 

 

NCD – Central Command has launched its Christmas and New Year operation yesterday at the Jack Pidik Oval at five mile with the intention to ensure a safe and peaceful Christmas and new year celebration.

 

Assistant commissioner of police Chief Superintendent David Yamasombi remind the police officers to stand on the oath  they made in providing protection and safety for the public.

Source: Post-Courier

Team to be set up for NHC asset recovery

A NATIONAL Housing Corporation (NHC) asset recovery team will be set up next year to restore integrity in the corporation, says Minister for Housing and Urbanisation John Kaupa, pictured.

 
The team will comprise officers from police, the auditor-general, attorney-general, state solicitor, Lands and Physical Planning Department, Office of Urbanisation, Finance Department and other private professionals to identity assets that belong to the corporation.

 
“The Housing Corporation has been run as privately owned by some group of people,” Kaupa said.

 
He said the NHC had been facing issues of restrictive policy framework, political interference and poor management.

 
Its survival is not dependent on revenue generation and rentals or creation of new properties.

 
“It was largely depended on the exciting property sales, without the expansion of the asset profile,” Kaupa said.

 
He said currently the NHC was not in a position to account for all its assets.

 
“There is a need to change the structure and we must also take stock of all the titles and all the properties owned by Housing Corporation and incorporate them so that we must have a register to maintain and see what properties we own.”

 
Kaupa said over the years, the drive to account for all assets had been attended but was incomplete.

 
“At this stage, the properties are everywhere with 4000 titles. Are these 4000 titles still there or moved to other titles? We do not know,” he said.

Source: The National

Cleaning, maintenance work begins at Jomba cells

Source: The National

By DOROTHY MARK 


Cleaning and maintenance work at the Jomba police cells began over the weekend following a National Court order for work to be done immediately.
Judge David Cannings issued an order for the provincial government to make available K50,000 of which K25,000 was to be paid to the contractor that built a new female and juvenile cell block as part payment.
Another K25,000 was to be paid to police for the clean-up and maintenance of the current cell block.
Madang acting police commander Senior Inspector Jacob Bando said the contractor had gave him keys to the new cells which were available for use.
Bando said Madang administrator Daniel Aloi had arranged a contractor for the clean-up and maintenance of the old cell block.
Cannings said the cell was unfit for human occupation.
The clean-up came after he ordered for 36 detainees to be released on human rights grounds.
Cannings’ orders followed the filing of a report by national court officials about the cell conditions and over crowdedness.

 

Foreign media urged to be fair

Source: Loop PNG

18/12/2017

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called on international media to be fair when disseminating information about PNG to the world.

 

O’Neill made this statement after the Supreme Court quashed his warrant of arrest case last Friday.

 

“This saga has done great damage to the nation, it has cost millions of Kina in the legal process, both to me personally and to the state, and our country’s name has been dragged through the mud.

 

“In particular, media outlets like the ABC have continuously acted without due care for the legal process that is taking place in the country,” says the PM.

 

“They have continuously portrayed an image of our country in bad light. They take cheap shots, do not investigate and have a vested interest in presenting a bad image of the nation to promote their own careers.

 

“I give credit to all the media outlets that have demonstrated professionalism in this debate, that have not taken sides and have maintained fair and balanced reporting.”

 

A three-man Supreme Court bench last Friday unanimously found the warrant defective and the District Court’s decision to issue it as well.

 

The court found that lack of care was applied by the District Court in issuing the warrant.

(Loop file pic)

Author: Freddy Mou

Police ops to be heightened nationwide

18/12/2017  
Souce: Loop PNG

Police operations will be on heightened alert throughout the festive period because an upsurge of alcohol-related incidences is anticipated.

 

In his Christmas and New Year message, Police Commissioner Gari Baki said Papua New Guinea is celebrating its 42nd Christmas as a united nation of a thousand tribes this year.

 

“As a nation, we have come a long way. But the road ahead is still long and filled with many challenges,” he stated.

 

“Whatever the future holds for our country, we stand a better chance of meeting the challenges together as one people and a united country.

 

“So on this Christmas festive period, I appeal to every citizen across our beautiful nation to celebrate this festive season in the true spirit of Christmas.

 

“Take time to enjoy with family and friends. Also take time to reflect on the past year and plan to make some positive changes not only for yourselves but for your family and the country in the New Year.

 

“On behalf of my family and all members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, we wish every citizen of our country a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.

“God bless you all.”

[Photo Credit: Post-Courier Online]

Author: Press release

PM welcomes Supreme Court ruling

12/15/2017

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has welcomed today’s Supreme Court ruling on the controversial arrest warrant against him.

 

 

He told media this afternoon that the ruling by the three-man bench is a clear demonstration of the independence of the judiciary system of the country.

 

He said it was clearly a politically motivated case by people with vested interest out to tarnish his name, and he hopes the real culprits can be caught.

 

 

“This is a decision that has a lot of common sense and it is a decision against people who are maliciously using both government agencies and the courts to get political merit out of,” said O’Neill.

 

“From the start this was a political witch-hunt.”

 

O’Neill said today’s decision clearly shows the interventions he took were the right decisions he took.

 

“This has done a great damage to the nation, it has cost millions of kina in the legal process, personally and to the state,” said the PM.

 

“And of course, our country’s name has been dragged through the mud, in particular media outlets like the ABC.

 

“I give credit to all the media outlets who have demonstrated professionalism in this debate.”

Source: Loop PNG

Author: Meredith Kuusa

PM’s arrest warrant quashed

12/15/2017

 The Supreme Court has quashed the controversial arrest warrant that was taken out for the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill three years ago.

A three-man Supreme Court bench today unanimously found the warrant defective and the District Court’s decision to issue it as well.

 

 

The court found that lack of care was applied by the District Court in issuing the warrant.

 

There was no information put on the form to get a warrant. The date on which the information was laid was blank. Even the word ‘Independent’ was spelt wrong on the form.

 

The court further found that the wrong form was used in applying for the warrant.

 

To apply for the arrest warrant, form 1 had to be used, as per section 8 of the Arrest Act of 1977.

 

The court upheld the appeals filed by PM O’Neill and Police Commissioner Gari Baki, and set aside the warrant as void and of no legal effect.

 

This appeal arose from the decision of August 8, where the National Court ruled it cannot judicially review the manner in which the warrant was issued from the District Court on 12 June 2014.

 

The Supreme Court ruled that the decision by the District Court to issue the warrant was an administrative decision that was capable of being judicially reviewed.

Source: Loop PNG

Author: Sally Pokiton

New judges offer relief to jam-packed courts

By DAPHNE WANI 


THE judiciary is confident it will dispose of the backlog of cases with the increase in the number of judges, says Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.
Sir Salamo said the swearing-in of five new judges of the National Court and Supreme Court by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae yesterday had brought the total number of judges to 43.
“These new judges will relieve the more senior judges of their current workload of cases,” he said.
“The judiciary is confident that it will address the huge backlog of cases that are piling up in court.”
He said the judiciary was confident that it could now deal with pressing court cases quickly.
“We are confident that we will dispose of almost all of the election petition cases by June 2018, with the assistance of these new judges,” Sir Salamo said.
The new judges are Justice Jim Wala Tamate, Acting Justice Sinclair Peniel Gora, Acting Justice David Abiri Susame, Acting Justice John Ritchie Benaud Kaumi and Acting Justice John Kamane Numapo.
Justice Tamate will be based in Port Moresby and assigned to the human rights track to assist Justice David Cannings.
Acting justices Kaumi and Numapo will be based in the Lae National Court taking the number there to four.
Acting Justice Susame will be based in Kokopo to replace the late Justice Salatiel Lenalia.
Acting Justice Gora will be posted to the Wewak National Court to assist Justice Iowa Geita.

Six MPs To Be Referred

 

non-compliance of election returns

BY MATTHEW VARI

Six Members of Parliament may be investigated by the Ombudsman Commission next month for breaches of the Leadership Code.

Most MPs in the 111-seat Parliament have complied with 2017 National Election requirements by filing election returns with the Registry of Political Parties and Candidates.

Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates Dr Alphonse Gelu said the six non-compliant MPs, which he refused to name, would be investigated by the Ombudsman Commission in January 2018.

 

“We will hold the names back but it has come to a point where we will say enough and I will disclose the names and at the same time I will write to the Ombudsman Commission (OC) to refer them for misconduct,” Dr Gelu said.

“That is very clear. We are trying to give them the opportunity to come and submit but they will still have to be fined.”

A K2000 fine along with K840 each for 42 days since the October 31 deadline lapsed. That will then blow out to K12,000 fine and K7320 for all 61 days lapsed by January 1, next year for all six MPs.

“I will write individually to these MPs to tell them that they are now referred and we will do it. Some gave their returns late and have accepted to pay the fine and those payments will go to Finance.”

Under section 89 of the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates.

A successful candidate is required to lodge with the registrar a financial return specifying details of contributions received and details of expenditure incurred in connection with the election.

The financial return should contain each contributor, name and address, date of contribution receipt, where contribution was made either in cash or in another form and the amount and expenditure particulars of those.

Chief Ombudsman Michael Dick said he was aware of the issue and would act when he receives instructions from Dr Gelu.

Dr Gelu also indicated that political parties and MPs that lodged their returns and were being verified by his officers to ensure all information were in place.

He said that parties without MPs that have not submitted their election expenditure reports would not be deregistered but will face fines. Only failure to produce annual reports for two successive years would qualify for instant deregistration.

“The election it is a one-off thing which comes every five years; we will fine them and the payment is quiet high K5000 and more for the days after the October 31 deadline.

Sourc: Post-Courier

Photo Credit: Loop PNG

 

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