Category Archives: Morobe Province

New judges offer relief to jam-packed courts


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.

Teachers promised full payment of leave fares


TEACHERS in Morobe have been assured they will be paid the full leave fares they applied for by the province’s division of Education and Morobe administration.

Morobe programme adviser Keith Jiram made the announcement yesterday in front of teachers at Tutumang Haus eager to collect their leave fares for their holidays.

Despite a shortfall of K1.3 million faced by the province, the education division and Morobe administration made available K8 million for teachers’ leave fares in its budget.

Jiram said the commitment was made following the Treasury Department’s announcement that teachers maybe paid 50 per cent of their leave fares or less due to the cash-flow problems the country was facing.

“We made this commitment in the province because we want to compensate teachers and appreciate them for their commitments towards teaching our children,” he said.

“They are entitled to it and it is their right to leave fares so we made commitments to the issue despite having some cash-flow problems as indicated by the Treasury Department.”
Jiram said the shortfall was covered by funds from other programmes.

Asked what the delay was in releasing cheques made available for the teachers to access, Jiram said the commitment was made last Friday.

He said the delay was due to the time taken for the printing of the cheques and the time it would take for the bank to clear them. “This processes should be completed by the end of this week or by early next week, teachers should get their fares ready,” he said.