Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 9 October 2015

Justice Fatiaki’s concerns yesterday in the Constitutional case concerning bribery stem from the Ombudsman’s Special Preliminary Report in the matter. Justice Fatiaki stated that the Constitutional Case applicants were not given the "opportunity to reply to the complaints made against them under the Act." He therefore declared the Ombudsman Preliminary Report null and void. Justice Mary Sey hearing the Bribery Case was expected by Justice Fatiaki to have more to say on this matter today. The full report is carried by Daily Post on its front page today.

Post also speaks of increased security in Port Vila today, the judgement in the Bribery Case being given this afternoon at 2 pm. Central School, adjacent to the Dumbea court house is closed for the day Radio Vanuatu informed the general public. The Prime Minister’s Office is understood to have requested the Malvatumauri membership to ensure the safety of their people and properties.

Transparency Vanuatu is calling on the government to strengthen the Public Accounts Committee. The PAC has been unable to perform because the government has not appointed its members to the Committee as yet. Reports of the PAC in April, on government and statutory body finances, were damning and Transparency’s Chairman, Dr Willie Tokon, is appealing to the government to empower the PAC. (Daily Post)

The Secretary General of the Citizenship Commission, John Enock Ware, is seriously questioning the whereabouts of some VT 540 million allegedly brought to the country by the Vanuatu Registry Services (VRS) company. Ware says this cannot be verified in bank records. Ware says the CIIP is formally closed and the Vanuatu Economic Rehabilitation Program (VERP) has taken its place. The State Law Office is preparing amendments to the Citizenship Act to give effect to the Real Estate Option to go before the next Parliament.

The Airports Vanuatu Limited staff branch of the National Workers Union questions the composition of the Board of AVL. Composition of the Board differs from what is legally prescribed says the Union. A strike notice of the company remains in force.


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